Well, isn’t that interesting?
Courtesy of Reuters:
President Vladimir Putin called on Friday for an agreement between Russia and the United States to guarantee not to engage in cyber-meddling in each other’s elections.
In a statement ahead of the U.S. presidential election on Nov. 3, Putin called for a reset between Russia and the United States and said he wanted an agreement between the two countries to prevent incidents in cyberspace.
“(I propose)… exchanging guarantees of non-interference in each other’s internal affairs, including electoral processes, including using information and communication technologies and high-tech methods,” he said.
Moscow’s relations with Washington are at post-Cold War lows as the election looms.
U.S. intelligence agencies have concluded that Russia interfered in the 2016 U.S. presidential election with the aim of tilting it in Donald Trump’s favour, including by hacking into the campaign of his rival Hillary Clinton. Moscow denies that charge.
“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.
“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 (ICT).”
He proposed the two countries reach an agreement to prevent major cyberspace incidents, something he compared to a 1972 U.S.-Soviet treaty reached at the height of the Cold War to prevent incidents at sea and in the air from escalating.
I think this is the biggest indication yet that Putin is convinced that Trump is about to lose this election.
If he thought that his puppet was going to remain in the White House he would have no fear of any meddling by the US in Russian elections, but with Biden in office, the probability that America will retaliate for what the Kremlin did here in 2016 seems quite likely.
In fact, I would imagine that there are intelligence folks in this country just chomping at the bit for a little payback against the Russian intelligence agencies, and can hardly wait for Biden to give them the go-ahead.
I wouldn’t sign it.
Firstly because the Kremlin will never honor it, and secondly because fuck Russia anyway!
If those fuckers want to play hardball, let’s play hardball.