Russia’s foreign ministry says it has summoned the US ambassador to Moscow to intervene in the US election, which is set to take place later this month.
Russia has recently stepped up control of its Internet segment and is taking legal action against foreign technology companies for failing to remove content banned by the authorities.
“There is a reason – Russia’s interference in the election. We hope American diplomats will report to Washington in this way,” ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said in a telegram.
In a separate statement, the ministry said Ambassador John Sullivan met with Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov on Friday.
It added that Sullivan was presented with “irrefutable evidence” of US technology giants violating Russia’s laws in the run-up to the upcoming elections in the lower house Duma.
The ministry further said that it had expressed “clear unacceptability of interference in the internal affairs of our country”.
Tensions are running high between Moscow and Washington over demands for US interference in the election and Russia’s human rights record.
In May, Russia formally designated the United States as a “friendly” state, barring its embassy from employing Russian citizens.
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