Before the U.S. presidential elections 2020, Putin proposes to conclude a pact between the U.S. and Russia that prevents each country from meddling the vote in the other.
The word from Russia
In a statement read by Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, Vladimir Putin said, “One of today’s major strategic challenges is the risk of a large-scale confrontation in the digital field. “A special responsibility for its prevention lies in the key players in the field of ensuring international information security.
He suggested the pact to ‘guarantee’ the “non-interference in each other’s internal affairs and electoral processes, including using information and communication technologies and high-tech methods. We would like to once again appeal to the United States with a proposal to approve a comprehensive program of practical measures to reset
The U.S response
The news comes after the FBI director Christopher Wray accused Russia of interfering in the elections 2020. Christopher said Russia has been ‘very inactive’ to influence the upcoming elections and that their prime target is to ‘denigrate’ the Democratic nominee Joe Biden.
“We have not seen that second part yet this year or this cycle, but we certainly have seen very active, very active efforts by the Russians to influence our election in 2020.”
But, this is not the first time the U.S. intelligence has leveled such claims against Russia.
Previously, it had accused Kremlin of interfering in the elections in 2016. A year later, in 2017, the U.S. intelligence committee concluded that Russia conducted covert attacks to put Donald Trump in the White House.
Besides America, western countries have also accused Kremlin of directing cyber attacks. Lately, Britain claimed that a group of hackers reportedly connected with Russia conducted attacks to steal information about the COVID-19 vaccine. German Chancellor Angela Merkel revealed in May that Russia had targeted her in hacking attacks and concrete proof of the “outrageous” spying attempts.
But, Russia denied all the allegations. It responded that these accusations are baseless, and the western leaders have launched a disinformation campaign against Kremlin. As of this writing, the United States has not responded to Russia’s retort.