Guarantees of electoral non-interference, global agreement against the bellicose use of new technologies: Vladimir Poutine has multiplied, with the approach of the American presidential election, the proposals in Washington in a field where Moscow appears to be a recidivist offender.
These statements also come as the Russian authorities are suspected in the West of having poisoned the main opponent of the Kremlin, Alexeï Navalny, at the end of August, with a nerve agent, suspicions deemed
unfounded and qualified as disinformation by Moscow.
In a statement released by the Kremlin, the Russian president proposes to Washington
to exchange mutual guarantees of non-interference, including in electoral processes, in particular through the use of information and communication technologies.
This proposal, made just before the US presidential election on November 3, should also make it possible to work on a global pact, proposed by Mr. Poutin, against the attacks using these technologies.
One of the major strategic challenges of the contemporary world is the risk of a major confrontation in the digital domain. A particular responsibility to avoid this lies with the key players in global information security., writes Vladimir Putin.
Speaking to all countries, including the United States, I propose to reach a global agreement on a political commitment of States not to carry out the first strike using information and communication technologies.
The text of the declaration was read on television by Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, Mr. Putin assisting him in the military maneuvers
Caucasus-2020 in the south of the country, involving tens of thousands of men and a number of allies, such as China.
Let's not be hostage to our political disagreements, proclaimed Mr. Poutine.
Russia has been accused for years of using hackers, online troll factories, and concocting false viral information, peddled by purpose-built online groups or state media, to influence processes. elections in the West.
Moscow is particularly accused of having secretly supported Donald Trump's candidacy in 2016, favoring his victory.
Paris has also accused Russia of trying to destabilize the candidacy of current President Emmanuel Macron, while in the UK Moscow has been suspected of interference in favor of Brexit.
The Kremlin is still suspected of seeking to influence the ongoing US presidential campaign, which pits Mr. Trump against Democrat Joe Biden in an acrimonious standoff. Moscow would thus seek to destabilize its great ideological adversary, liberal democracy, and geopolitics, Washington.
Moscow denies it.
We really wouldn't want a big, world-class country like the United States to be in crisisSergey Lavrov told the Tass state agency this week.
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Many Russian nationals and entities have been sanctioned by the United States in recent years, notably because of their attempts to interfere with the Russian secret services (FSB) or personalities accused of leading these efforts, such as billionaire Yevgeny Prigojine. .
The giants of the technological industry have also mobilized. Facebook, Twitter, Google and Microsoft are multiplying the announcements of foiled cyber attacks and dismantled propaganda operations, orchestrated from abroad, especially from Russia.
Russia has also been accused in recent years of piloting hackers who have targeted many Western institutions, such as the lower house of the German Parliament or Angela Merkel's chancellery.
The Kremlin has denied all of these accusations, and in return accuses Europeans and Americans of waging a war of disinformation against Russia, the latest example of which is the Novichok poisoning of the opponent Alexeï Navalny.
The head of the Russian foreign intelligence service (SVR) accused him of the United States of having fomented the wave of protest which is currently targeting the President of Belarus, Alexander Lukashenko.