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Kremlin denies discussing plans to cut Russia off Internet

September 22, 2014, 17:45 UTC+3 MOSCOW

The issue was not included on the agenda of Monday’s meeting of Russia’s Security Council chaired by President Vladimir Putin

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MOSCOW, September 22. /ITAR-TASS/. Russia’s Security Council that convened on Monday did not discuss the issue of isolating the Russian segment of the Internet from the global network, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov has said.

Peskov told the Russian News Service (RSN) the issue was not included on the agenda of Monday’s meeting of the Council, chaired by President Vladimir Putin.

At the meeting, Putin and the permanent members of the Security Council focused on the implementation of the peace plan on resolving the crisis in southeastern Ukraine, the presidential spokesman said.

Media report on plans of cutting Russia off the Internet

The Vedomosti newspaper reported on Friday that Russia’s Security Council was due to discuss on Monday ways in which Russia could separate itself from the Internet in case of an emergency.

Late last week, Russian Communications Minister Nikolai Nikiforov said the Russian authorities were not planning to cut the country off the worldwide web, but, on the contrary, were looking at measures in case the West tries to block Internet access for Russia.

The minister said attempts have been made to switch Russia off various networks, the SWIFT banking transaction system. “In these conditions, we looked at scenarios when our esteemed partners suddenly decide to block internet access for Russia,” Nikiforov said.

In July, the Russian Ministry of Communications and Mass Media together with the Defense Ministry and the Federal Security Service (FSB) officials conducted exercises to test how robust the Russian Internet would be if it were subject to targeted attacks.

Russian officials later announced plans to take steps to improve the protection of the country’s segment of the global Internet network, known as Runet.

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