Foreign Ministry says John Sullivan presented ‘unmistakable evidence’ of technology giants in the US violating Russian law before the election this month.
Russia’s foreign ministry says it has summoned the U.S. ambassador to the country over alleged interference in the election before parliamentary elections later this month.
The Russian government has “unmistakable proof” that technical giants, based in the US, violated Russian laws before the upcoming election in the State Duma, the Foreign Ministry said in a statement on Friday. It did not specify which businesses and offenses it referred to.
According to the ministry, Ambassador John Sullivan held a meeting with Sergei Ryabkov, Russia’s Deputy Foreign Minister.
“In this regard, it has been said that interference in the domestic affairs of our country is absolutely unacceptable,” the statement said.
Russia has recently increased its control over its Internet segment and has taken legal action against foreign technology companies for failing to delete government-banned content.
There were no immediate comments from the US Embassy in Russia and the State Department.
Earlier in September, Russia said it could be seen as an interference in the election by Apple and Google to remove Kremlin critic Alexey Navalny’s app from their online stores.
Navalny and his allies are promoting a tactical voting plan, which requires followers to support candidates who have the best chance of defeating the ruling United Russia party in the local election campaigns.
Amid growing tensions, Russia is formally calling the US an ‘unfriendly’ state, preventing its embassy from employing Russian citizens.