On Sept. 25, the Kremlin website released an item headlined: “Statement by President of Russia Vladimir Putin on a comprehensive program of measures for restoring the Russia – U.S. cooperation in the field of international information security.”
The statement calls on the U.S. and Russia to “exchange, in a mutually acceptable format, guarantees of non-intervention into internal affairs of each other, including into electoral processes, inter alia, by means of the ICTs and high-tech methods.”
The Putin statement is misleading.
It is well established that Russia has intervened in the internal affairs of not only the United States, but also Russia’s neighbors and Western European countries, using a variety of means.
The Russian government, including Putin himself, has resolutely denied having engaged in any of these acts of interference, from social media trolling operations to sophisticated cyberattacks.
U.S. intelligence agencies have said Russia’s efforts to meddle in the upcoming U.S. presidential election – online and via other means – are continuing.