Russian government promises to protect Kaspersky Lab's interests

Kommersant Reporter Yelena Chernenko Romano Rozhkov Regarding the US Department of Homeland Security’s ban on the use of Russian Kaspersky Lab software by all state agencies in the country, the Russian government made criticism on September 14. Kaspersky Lab denied all allegations made by the U.S. government and expressed its willingness to cooperate with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. The Russian President’s Press Secretary Dmitry Peskov told reporters on September 14 that the Kremlin believes that the U.S. decision to reject the use of Russian information technology company Kaspersky Lab’s products will give Washington a role as a Russian partner. Shadows. He pointed out that the incident “belongs to unfair competition and violates all international trade rules in order to undermine the competitive position of Russian companies on the world stage”. "This is regrettable," Peskov added. He also promised that Moscow will support Kaspersky Lab to protect its interests. On September 13, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security announced that it prohibits the use of Kaspersky Lab’s anti-hacking software by U.S. national agencies on the grounds that it poses a threat to national security. The Department of Homeland Security’s statement stated that Acting Minister Elaine Duke “was concerned about the relationship between certain employees of Kaspersky Lab and Russian intelligence agencies and other government agencies of the Russian Federation” and stated that “Russian law allows intelligence agencies Ask or force Kaspersky Lab to assist it in intercepting communications on the Russian network." The US Department of Homeland Security urges government agencies to investigate the use or installation of Kaspersky software in their information systems within 30 days and develop a deletion plan within 60 days. Kaspersky Software will be removed within 90 days. At the same time, the department allowed Kaspersky Lab to file an objection and submit a written reply to refute the US allegations of harming federal information security. The Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs also stated that it will safeguard the interests of the company. Foreign Ministry Spokesman Maria Zakharova criticized the U.S. authorities for unfair competition. The Russian Embassy in the United States believes that the incident is yet another manifestation of "terrorism" and points out that similar practices "can only make the prospect of resuming bilateral cooperation far more distant, and cause both parties to be distracted from joint solutions to priority issues, especially It will affect the cooperation between the two sides in the fight against international terrorism." Nikolai Nikifrov, Minister of Communications and Mass Media of the Russian Federation, also expressed the same opinion on September 14. He said: "In my opinion, this accusation is fabricated out of thin air. I agree with Maria Zakharov's point of view. I think this is mainly a means of unfair market competition and not a realistic issue. No company will Doing so (collecting intelligence - editor's note). The U.S. approach is unfriendly and a very negative signal." Kaspersky Lab denied all the accusations made by the US authorities and made it clear that it "has no political connection with any country in the world." “We were very disappointed with the decision of the US Department of Homeland Security. They did not provide any evidence and all allegations were based on false inferences and incorrect conclusions,” said Kaspersky Lab. The company insists that “has never helped and will not help any government in the world to engage in cyber espionage or provocative behavior in cyberspace”. Kaspersky Lab added: “We are disappointed that (the United States) is convicting a company under current geopolitical pressure and without any evidence.” The company expects that further investigation will prove all allegations. It is not true and hopes to continue cooperation with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. This article is published in the "Perspective of Russia" special issue of the "Global Times" and is provided by the "Russian News". ▲