3 Dec 2019 14:01

FBI claims that Russian mobile apps are dangerous are part of unfair competition - Kremlin

MOSCOW. Dec 3 (Interfax) - An allegation made by a U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) official that mobile apps developed in Russia pose a threat to the United States is an instance of unfair competition, Russian presidential press secretary Dmitry Peskov said.

"He mentioned certain Russian programs that are ahead of other similar products in free competition and are quite rapidly gaining a foothold in relevant parts of the market, including in the markets of foreign apps," Peskov told reporters, commenting on an FBI official's letter which says that each Russian app poses a counterintelligence threat to the U.S.

"Is it possible to halt this competition with the help of such decisions from the FBI? I don't think so. Products with a competitive edge will be in demand in any case," he said.

U.S. media outlets earlier published FBI Assistant Director Jill Tyson's letter to Democratic U.S. Senate minority leader Chuck Schumer saying the FBI believes that any Russian app, including FaceApp, poses a counterintelligence threat to the U.S.