MOSCOW, May 17. /TASS/. Russia won’t be left without the Internet, Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said on Tuesday.
"I assure you that the tasks clearly set now by president [Vladimir Putin] will be implemented, and neither you nor I will be left without the Internet," Lavrov said, speaking at the New Horizons educational marathon conference.
"I have no doubt that Russian youths, Russian brains addressing the use of the Internet and other modern technologies, will allow us to live a normal life and secure us leading positions in all these processes," the Russian top diplomat said.
Jointly with a group of countries, Russia has for many years been promoting "serious and frank discussions" to establish a democratic control of the Internet, he said.
"Key Western countries led by the US have been engaged in overt and covert attempts to have the discussions blocked," Lavrov added, describing the process as deglobalization.
"Now that the West has been seeking to establish its dominance in all spheres instead of finding multipolar solutions, we and China as well as other countries having self-respect <…> are doing our best to rid the key sectors vital for government activities and for the security and well-being of nations of their dependence on those who have been utterly incapable of reaching agreement," the minister said.