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(Sputnik News) - A discussion on the necessity of an autonomous cyberspace emerged in Russia earlier amid concerns regarding big tech companies in the United States and how they control the global web space.
Russian President Vladimir Putin on Saturday said that he does not rule out the possibility of switching off foreign internet services in Russia in the event of hostile action against the country.
The Russian president outlined that restrictions against foreign internet services would only be implemented when the country comes up with its own alternative.
"And when we do have something of our own, we will curtail, if at all, only taking a particular situation into consideration [...] I don’t want to artificially cut anything off, but when some hostile actions are carried out, I do not exclude this. Hostile actions with respect to our country are unacceptable," Putin said during a meeting with Russian media editors.
The president said that there are many domestic tech services in Russia, such as Yandex and Sberbank, that have good prospects.
According to Putin, "our respectable colleagues, when they see that there is an alternative and they do not have a monopoly in this market, will act differently".
Earlier in February, Russian Security Council Deputy Chairman Dmitry Medvedev said that it is "possible" to reduce foreign internet traffic in case of "unfriendly" actions towards Russia, but noted that the scenario was "unlikely".
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