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On Friday, Russian President Vladimir Putin called for the U.S. and Russia agreed not to get involved in cyber-meddling in each other’s national elections.
In Putin’s statement about the upcoming U.S. presidential election on November 3, he called for a reset between the United States and Russia. He sought after an understanding between the two nations to avoid incidents in cyberspace. He recommends exchanging guarantees of non-involvement between the two country’s internal affairs. These include electoral processes, information and communication technologies, and high-technology methods.
The relationship of Moscow with Washington is at post-Cold War lows as the November elections loom.
According to the U.S. intelligence agencies, they have established that Russia had interfered in the U.S. presidential election in 2016 intending to lean towards Donald Trump’s favor, including hacking into Trump’s campaign opponent, Hillary Clinton. However, Moscow denies these charges.
For the November presidential election, Trump is running for re-election into office against Joe Biden of the Democratic Party.
According to Putin, in a Kremlin statement, one of today’s primary strategic challenges is the risk of a large-scale confrontation in the digital world. That is why Putin wants to appeal again to the United States with a proposal to ratify a comprehensive program of practical measures to reset the relations of the two nations. It is in terms of the use of communication and information technologies.
The president of Russia added that he wanted the U.S. and Russia to prevent significant cyberspace incidents. He compared it to the 1972 U.S-Soviet treaty that reached the height of the Cold War to avoid incidents in the air and at sea from escalating. He also called for these two nations to fully restore communication lines between their respective agencies to discuss crucial international information security issues.
Russia has denied allegations of attempting to hack and interfere in the 2020 U.S. campaign, despite evidence to the contrary.
According to Microsoft MSFT.O, the hackers linked to Russia, Iran, and China were trying to spy on people connected to both Trump and Biden two weeks ago. However, both Russia and China dismissed the allegations against them.
Reuters wrote in an article in early September that Microsoft had notified one of Biden’s primary election campaign advisory firms that they had been the main target by alleged Russian state-backed hackers. The Kremlin, however, dismissed the report and said that it is “nonsense.”