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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.

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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.