A ruling lawmaker in Russia floated the idea of banning Zoom on Wednesday after a video conferencing company told its distributors to stop selling subscriptions to Russian government institutions.
The Russian daily Kommersant said Scaling had banned distributors from selling access to his service to state-owned companies and institutions, citing a letter from Zoom’s representative in the region, RightConf, dated March 31.
Zoom and RightConf had no immediate comment.
“Russia is not a defender of sanctions, but if Zoom makes such a decision in relation to state institutions and companies, then it is possible to block the service on the territory of our country as a reciprocal, symmetrical measure,” RIA quoted Alexander Bashkin as saying. United Russia ”in the upper house of parliament.
The reckoning comes when the threat of new US sanctions looms over Russia for alleged US interference and cyber hacking – Moscow’s accusations are denied – and because Russia is targeting foreign Internet companies for failing to delete so-called banned content.
The Kremlin said it had used Zoom for some international video calls, but this president Vladimir Putin the service is rarely used and alternative solutions are available.
“In general, we regret and confuse why Russian state institutions and universities are now deprived of the opportunity to extend existing contracts and conclude new ones,” Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters during a conference call.
He did not mention the possibility of banning Zoom.
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