MOSCOW: The Kremlin on Wednesday urged Russian companies to develop alternatives to the Zoom, and a lawmaker warned that it could be stopped in the country, following media reports that the service had been leaked to government agencies. Access is limited.
The US company has emerged as a global leader in video conferencing applications, due in part to the fact that companies and schools have moved online following the outbreak of the Corona virus epidemic.
Russian media reported on Wednesday that Zoom had banned state-owned distributors and state-owned companies in Russia and a number of post-Soviet countries from selling them due to fears of new US sanctions against Moscow.
Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said Wednesday that the move was “not a big deal” but added that Russia needed to “turn to alternatives”. “Our operators of similar platforms will need to work hard to complete their services,” he told reporters.
“But they do exist and they will be able to make up for the lack of popular services like Zoom.” Russia’s upper house of parliament, Alexander Baskin, told the state-run RIA Novosti news agency on Wednesday that Moscow could be forced to respond to Zoom’s decision.
“Russia is not in favor of sanctions, but if Zoom makes such a decision regarding government agencies and state-owned companies, then it is possible that in our country it will be possible to stop this service as a parallel measure.” It was quoted as saying.