came as Russia ramps up pressure
on the activities of
foreign internet companies
came one day
after he held
his first phone
call with Joe Biden
tenure as US President.
It is the first
time that the Russian leader
has spoken to
Vladimir Putin on Wednesday
warned against the increasing influence of big tech companies, which
he said are "competing" with states.
"These are not just
economic giants, in some areas they are already de facto
competing with states," Putin said, speaking at
the Davos virtual economic
The Russian leader
questioned whether the recent behavior of some US firms in the
country's presidential election raised the prospect of tougher
On Wednesday, the Russian telecommunications regulator
Roskomnadsor announced that,
...would all face fines
for failing to delete calls for youths to participate in illegal
protests across the country on January 23.
The mass protests were
organized by opposition figure Alexei Navalny and his
Biden's first call with the Kremlin
Putin's remarks came one day after he held his first phone call with
The US and Russia have agreed
to extend a nuclear arms treaty
between both countries
The pair agreed to extend the
nuclear weapons treaty
that would have expired next month.
"No doubt it is a
step in the right direction," Putin said
But the Russian leader
"The situation can
still develop unpredictably and uncontrollably if we sit on our
Originally signed in
2010, the pact limits each side to 1,550 long-range nuclear
warheads, a lower number than under a previous deal.
Russia's lower house of parliament has already approved the
extension, with the country's senate expected to ratify the move.
No congressional vote is required in the US...
from the Trump era
A Kremlin statement said,
the exchange between
the two leaders was "business-like and frank."
But the White House's
readout of the call with the Kremlin also highlighted the difficult
relationship between the former Cold War foes.
Aides to the new
president said Biden was firm on US support for
Ukraine's sovereignty, while
Russia is supporting separatists in the country's east.
They also discussed the detention of opposition figure Alexei
Navalny, who the US government has called to be freed.
It marks a departure from his predecessor's stance.
Donald Trump often accused the
former president of being too deferential to Putin, often
undercutting his own administration's diplomatic efforts.
But Putin was quoted by the Interfax news agency as saying,
the case could
undermine the possibility of further cooperation between Moscow
the European Union...