Russian telecoms company Rostelecom has been ordered by the US Federal Bureau of Investigation to block all calls to and from the US and Canada for two months starting February 23, the Russian Federal Service for Civilian Preparedness (FSK) said in a statement.
Rostelecom was ordered to suspend the services of all Russian citizens for the next three months and to provide the US government with “all necessary technical and operational support” to comply with the order.
The US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) on Monday issued an order barring RosteleCom from offering VoIP, video calling and messaging services to any US customers, and blocking its mobile phone service.
Russia has said it will comply with both US orders, which came after a court in the United States granted the company temporary immunity from the FSK order.US President Donald Trump on Sunday accused Russia of meddling in the US election by hacking the Democratic National Committee and releasing stolen emails and other material to help his opponent, Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton.
Rosenberg also said on Monday that Russia would likely ask the European Union to impose sanctions on the country, a move that would likely lead to sanctions from the bloc, which is a former Soviet republic.
The move to block the communications of the Russian president, who has close ties to Moscow, has come as part of a diplomatic effort to defuse tensions between Washington and Moscow over the Ukraine crisis.ROSTELLECOM’s CEO, Dmitry Kiselyov, said in the statement that the Russian government will work to avoid disrupting Russian business, and that Rosteleam will continue to work in cooperation with the US authorities.