Krem­lin con­demns US ban on Kasper­sky Labs soft­ware

The Oklahoman - - NATION | WORLD -

A spokesman for Rus­sian Pres­i­dent Vladimir Putin says Rus­sia re­grets a de­ci­sion by the U.S. gov­ern­ment to ban fed­eral agen­cies from us­ing Kasper­sky Labs soft­ware.

Dmitry Peskov told jour­nal­ists on Thurs­day the U.S. move “cast a shadow over the im­age of our Amer­i­can col­leagues as re­li­able part­ners” and was de­signed to crip­ple Kasper­sky’s com­pet­i­tive ad­van­tage on the in­ter­na­tional mar­ket.

The U.S. cited con­cerns about Kasper­sky’s ties to Rus­sian in­tel­li­gence ser­vices as the rea­son for the ban, which was an­nounced Wed­nes­day. The anti-virus com­pany has re­peat­edly de­nied the ex­is­tence of any such ties.

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