By Spy Uganda Correspondent
Moscow has documentary evidence related to US efforts to interfere in Russia’s internal affairs and electoral processes, and has presented this evidence to US officials, Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova has said.
“We laid out the situation using specific facts showing that internet platforms located on US territory and which are owned and moderated by American internet monopolies that there are obvious, documented acts of intervention in our internal processes – political processes, electoral processes”, Zakharova said, speaking to the Russian media on Saturday.
On Friday, the Foreign Ministry summoned US Ambassador Sullivan, informing him that America’s efforts to interfere in Russia’s upcoming elections were “categorically inadmissable”. The US side issued its own account of the meeting with Russian officials, claiming that Sullivan had met with Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov to discuss President Joe Biden’s approach to stabilising bilateral relations.
Commenting on the conflicting accounts of the meeting between Sullivan and Russian officials, Zakharova suggested that “the press release given by the United States Embassy following the summons of Ambassador Sullivan…was the biggest proof that they understand everything perfectly. The fact is that they did not mention at all why the ambassador was summoned to the foreign ministry”.
The spokeswoman pointed specifically to the IP addresses associated with the app Smart Voting, which Russian internet watchdog Roskomnadzor has said come mainly from the United States. “The developers of the Smart Voting app…are not just associated with the United States, they are associated with the Pentagon”, Zakharova alleged.