Member of the State Duma Committee on International Affairs, Elena Panina, considers the tactics of countering possible “interference in elections”, which the US cyber command is developing, as direct aggression against Russia.
Earlier, the Washington Post reported that the US cyber command is developing information warfare tactics against high-ranking Russian officials and businessmen in case Moscow tries to interfere in the 2020 elections. The goal of the cyber command may be representatives of the Russian elite.
“Attempts by the American side to present these plans as “defensive”, as a possible response to the case of “interference in the American elections” look ridiculous. In fact, we are talking about the threat of direct aggression against Russia in the information space,” said Panina.
According to her, the cynical nature of these actions is manifested in the fact that the United States decided to publicly blackmail Russian political and business elites, threatening to hack e-mail and invade personal space.
She believes that the purpose of public disclosure of such plans is an attempt to intimidate the Russian political class. “Such actions are more typical for a criminal group than for a legal State,” stated Panina.
In addition, a member of the Federation Council Committee on Foreign Affairs, Sergei Tsekov, stated that there is nothing original in the published plans for conducting an information war.
“The United States is always waging an information war against Russia. This is the meaning of life for the American community. So there is nothing original in this statement. As for countering Russian” interference ” in the elections, the Americans have already achieved a 100% effect. Russia has never interfered in the election process and is not going to,” said he.
The Senator also expressed the opinion that the effect of any American tactics of conducting an information war against Russia “will be very weak”.
“Russian society is consolidated and understands very well the nature and mentality of the American community. So we do not give in to any propaganda on their part,” concluded Tsekov.
Recall that US intelligence agencies accused Russia of interfering in the election campaign before the 2016 presidential election. Later, a commission was formed to investigate these circumstances, led by special prosecutor Robert Muller, the former head of the FBI.