Monday, 26 October, 2020

Putin calls for reset in cyber ties with US, no election meddling

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Deanna Wagner | 27 September, 2020, 13:15

The media here recall that the White House ignored several Russian proposals to achieve a global agreement on cybersecurity, while the United States little conceals its interference in the internal affairs of this country.

President Vladimir Putin called on Friday for an agreement between Russian Federation and the United States to guarantee not to engage in cyber-meddling in each other's elections.

Putin's statement, which was read aloud by Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov in a video released by the ministry, comes amid Kremlin accusations that Western countries are mounting a "disinformation" campaign against Russia over last month's poisoning of Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny in Siberia.

USA intelligence agencies concluded that Russian Federation deliberately meddled in the 2016 presidential election with the goal of getting Donald Trump elected. Russian Federation has denied the accusations.

"A special responsibility for its prevention lies on the key players in the field of ensuring worldwide information security", he added.

Navalny, who collapsed on a plane to Moscow on August 20 and spent almost three weeks in a coma, said in an Instagram post on Friday that pilots "quickly landed the plane in Omsk" and medical workers at the airport "jammed a dose of atropine" into him, immediately recognizing "a toxic poisoning".

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US President Donald Trump last week attacked his Federal Bureau of Investigation director Christopher Wray for highlighting the threat posed by Russian Federation in the upcoming November 3 election. Moscow denies the charge.

The group of the American senators from both parties presented the bill that offers the sanctions against Russian officials.

The British government this year also accused "Russian actors" of seeking to disrupt the 2019 general election by circulating leaked trade documents between London and Washington.

"As we ve repeatedly said, there is no basis for such statements", he added.

In recent weeks, USA officials have ramped up claims of Russian state meddling in the U.S. 2020 presidential election, with intelligence personnel, tech companies and media accusing Moscow of attacking Joe Biden and the "anti-Russia establishment" and trying to hack into Biden campaign computers. German chemical weapons experts determined that he was poisoned with the Soviet-era nerve agent Novichok - findings corroborated by labs in France and Sweden.

"At the same time, Alexei's accounts were frozen", Kira Yarmysh said.