Ex-PM Medvedev: US trying to use Internet as its fiefdom

Ex-PM Medvedev: US trying to use Internet as its fiefdom

The United States is trying to leverage the Internet exclusively to their advantage, which is deplorable, Deputy Chairman of the Russian Security Council Dmitry Medvedev said Wednesday at a meeting on establishing an equal rights regime of Internet management, TASS reports.

"Not surprisingly, a number of countries, primarily the US, are seeking to use the Internet as their fiefdom and as a tool to ensure their interests are met exclusively," he said, recalling that the US controls a system of domain names and IP addresses.

"Simply and directly put, it shouldn’t be like that," Medvedev stressed.

He recalled the US administration’s decision regarding owners of such social networks as WeChat (belongs to Chinese Internet giant Tencent) and apps linked to it. According to the deputy security council chairman, it shows that the US aims to continue pursuing its policy in the Internet, while interpreting decisions of certain companies or countries solely through the prism of national interests and disregarding any international competition or rules existing today.

"This behavior of the US and some of their partners proves that neither internet users nor businesses nor states can be sure that their interests will be duly protected in these conditions," he underlined.

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