Kremlin: Putin calls for reset between US and Russia on cyber relations before elections

Kremlin: Putin calls for reset between US and Russia on cyber relations before elections
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Russian President Vladimir PutinVladimir Vladimirovich PutinGuard stabbed at French Consulate in Saudi Arabia The US must not lose the cyberwar with Russia Chechen leader: Macron's stance on Muhammad cartoons 'forcing people into terrorism' MORE on Friday called for a reset on cyber relations with the United States, and requested that the two countries agree not to influence each other's elections.

He proposed "exchanging guarantees of non-interference in each other's internal affairs, including electoral processes, including using information and communication technologies and high-tech methods," Reuters reported.

The U.S. intelligence community has pointed to Russia as interfering in the 2016 presidential election to help President TrumpDonald John TrumpStephen Miller: Trump to further crackdown on illegal immigration if he wins US records 97,000 new COVID-19 cases, shattering daily record Biden leads Trump by 8 points nationally: poll MORE and hurt the Democratic nominee, Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonTrump may continue to campaign after Election Day if results are not finalized: report Hillicon Valley: Biden campaign slams Facebook after thousands of ads blocked | Majority of voters in three swing states saw ads on social media questioning election validity: poll | Harris more often the target of online misinformation Analysis: Where the swing states stand in Trump-Biden battle MORE.


Election officials said earlier this month they are preparing for Russian interference for the upcoming race between President Trump and former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenBiden leads Trump by 8 points nationally: poll Ivanka Trump raises million in a week for father's campaign On The Money: McConnell says Congress will take up stimulus package at start of 2021 | Lawmakers see better prospects for COVID deal after election MORE.

In 2016, Russia played a significant role in election meddling, establishing troll farms for fake accounts, among other issues.

"One of the main strategic challenges of our time is the risk of a large-scale confrontation in the digital sphere," Putin said in the Kremlin statement.

Putin proposed Russia and the U.S. should agree to combat and prevent major cyberspace incidents, comparing it to a 1972 U.S.-Soviet treaty met during the peak of the Cold War to prevent sea and air conflicts from escalating.

"We would like to once again appeal to the United States with a proposal to approve a comprehensive program of practical measures to reset our relations in the use of information and communication technologies," he said.