Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said on Monday December 17th that Russian state-run companies have to shift to locally-produced software because of the hostile atmosphere in the world.
According to the Russian news agency TASS, the Kremlin representative explained, “First of all, this is a matter of cyber-security and cyber-sovereignty. We live in a time when they can turn off for the sake of politics or voice threats to turn off entire global services. Of course, this is unacceptable and living peacefully in such a hostile environment naturally requires self-sufficiency in key areas.”
He stressed, “That is why the shift to domestic software is necessary.”
Peskov also noted, “Can domestic software now completely replace foreign?”
Adding that the transition to the Russian software is certainly possible, the presidential spokesman said, “This will be a long process due to the complexity and due to the fact that we need to improve our software in some segments. Although certain steps are being taken to determine the deadline.”
Earlier on Monday, Vedomosti business daily reported that Russia’s First Deputy Prime Minister Anton Siluanov had signed a directive requesting that state-run companies move to locally-produced software by 2021.