Russia’s Foreign Ministry said it had invited US Ambassador to Moscow John Sullivan to talk about allegations of US interference in Russian elections.
According to the report, Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov told the US ambassador that Moscow had evidence that US technology companies had violated Russian law.
The Russian claims come before the general election, which will be held later this month.
“Such an intervention is unacceptable,” the statement said.
State news agencies TASS and Ria Novosti reported that Ambassador Sullivan stayed at the Russian Foreign Ministry for about 20 minutes and did not comment on why he was there.
The Russian ministry statement did not provide details about the alleged violations.
In recent months, Russian authorities – including President Vladimir Putin – have repeatedly accused companies such as Facebook, Twitter and WhatsApp of violating local laws.
The criticism concerned the storage of personal data and the removal of content deemed illegal.
In recent months, Moscow courts have imposed fines on Google, Facebook, Twitter, WhatsApp, Telegram and TikTok for these cases.
Many critics say the measures taken by the Russian authorities have nothing to do with the “integrity of the Internet”. They have accused Russian authorities of trying to quell dissent over the September 19 parliamentary elections and the declining popularity of the ruling United Party.
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