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Russia: Putin proposes Moscow, Washington exchange ‘guarantees’ on election meddling, internal affairs03:30

Russia: Putin proposes Moscow, Washington exchange ‘guarantees’ on election meddling, internal affairs

Russian Federation, Moscow
September 25, 2020 at 11:09 GMT +00:00 · Published

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov read out a statement from President Vladimir Putin on international information security and the Russia-US relations, in Moscow on Friday.

In the statement, Putin proposed that Moscow and Washington prepare a formal agreement so that the nations won't interfere in each other's domestic affairs and sign a pact on preventing “incidents in the information space.”

He suggested that the two nations exchange “guarantees of non-intervention into internal affairs of each other, including into electoral processes, inter alia, by means of the ICTs and high-tech methods.”

“We suggest reaching a global agreement on a political commitment of states on no-first-strike with the use of ICTs against each other,” the statement concluded.

Putin’s proposal comes as the US prepares for the November 3 presidential election.

Last week, FBI Director Christopher Wray gave testimony before the US House Homeland Security Committee, saying that Russia was taking a “very active” role in the US election, primarily to “sow divisiveness and discord” in the electoral process.

Moscow has denied the allegations, with the Foreign Ministry saying they were “absolutely evidence-free”.

Russia: Putin proposes Moscow, Washington exchange ‘guarantees’ on election meddling, internal affairs03:30
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Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov read out a statement from President Vladimir Putin on international information security and the Russia-US relations, in Moscow on Friday.

In the statement, Putin proposed that Moscow and Washington prepare a formal agreement so that the nations won't interfere in each other's domestic affairs and sign a pact on preventing “incidents in the information space.”

He suggested that the two nations exchange “guarantees of non-intervention into internal affairs of each other, including into electoral processes, inter alia, by means of the ICTs and high-tech methods.”

“We suggest reaching a global agreement on a political commitment of states on no-first-strike with the use of ICTs against each other,” the statement concluded.

Putin’s proposal comes as the US prepares for the November 3 presidential election.

Last week, FBI Director Christopher Wray gave testimony before the US House Homeland Security Committee, saying that Russia was taking a “very active” role in the US election, primarily to “sow divisiveness and discord” in the electoral process.

Moscow has denied the allegations, with the Foreign Ministry saying they were “absolutely evidence-free”.

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