Facebook, Twitter and Google have been intimidated by the U.S. authorities, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergey Ryabkov said recently.
“I am surprised at these Internet giants saying one day that, let’s say, 5,000 dollars was spent on some political advertising, and the next day they say that 40 million U.S. citizens, voters turned out to be under the influence of some Russian social and political ads,” Ryabkov told reporters.
“The story does not hang together, they become confused in the testimony, they are intimidated and confused by the U.S authorities, who themselves, it seems to me, do not quite understand where to go in this issue,” he said.
Ryablov said the U.S. is falling more into sanctions mania, adding the country probably has no other levers of foreign policy.
“Unfortunately, the U.S. is increasingly falling into sanctions mania, it does not have other levers, as we understand it, to conduct its foreign policy, apart from sanctions for those who for some reason do not suit Washington either due to their policy or behaviour.
“As of today, about 70 countries exist in the world, whose citizens and organizations are in this or that way subject to American sanctions.
“This is a problem of global planetary scale – the United States is undermining by its policy the bases of normal interaction,” he said.