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'Politicized' Move: Kremlin Regrets US Limit on Use of Kaspersky Lab Products

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Kaspersky Lab employees at work in their office, Moscow - Sputnik International
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The Kremlin regrets the United States government's limit on the use of Russia-based global cybersecurity firm Kaspersky Lab products, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said Wednesday as he vowed to protect its interests.

MOSCOW (Sputnik) — The decision was reportedly made earlier this week over company's alleged ties with Russian intelligence services.

"We regret such decisions, but on the other hand the company has the necessary legal arsenal to defend its interests," Peskov told reporters. "But Russia as a state will also continue to do everything possible to protect the interests of our companies."

Commenting on the General Service Administration's reported removal of Kaspersky Lab products from the list of approved vendors for government agencies to purchase technology, he said "we certainly know that this is a politicized decision."

"This is a commercial company, it provides commercial services and not only competitive commercial services, but competitive commercial services around the world."

Employees of anti-virus program development Kaspersky Lab work at their company's offices in Moscow, on March 10, 2011 - Sputnik International
US Decision on Kaspersky Lab Can Be Interpreted as Extension of Sanctions
On July 11, the Bloomberg news agency published an article which said that emails obtained by the agency's Bloomberg Businessweek revealed that the Kaspersky Lab allegedly developed products for Russia's Federal Security Service (FSB) and supported its agents during raids.

Kaspersky Lab has denied these media allegations and reiterated its status as a private company without political ties to any country. The firm also noted its CEO Eugene Kaspersky's repeated offer to testify before the US Congress and turn over its source code for official verification.

Russian Minister of Communications and Mass Media Nikolai Nikiforov said earlier that response measures cannot be ruled out if the United States banned the use of Kaspersky Lab products.

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