Russian Foreign Ministry: Microsoft intends to establish its digital control in Central Asia

10.08.2023, Moscow.

Microsoft is creating a multiregional hub in Kazakhstan in the interests of the United States, Deputy Foreign Minister Mikhail Galuzin told TASS on August 10.

“The goal is to get these countries [in Central Asia] hooked on the IT industry stuffed with malware that makes it easier for US intelligence services to carry out their intelligence activities. By the way, many Silicon Valley giants have already been caught at it more than once,” Galuzin specified.

The Deputy Foreign Minister reminded that many Western IT companies have often used their developments to the detriment of the national interests of non-Western countries, and their promises often turn into digital bondage.

Galuzin also said that the Eurasian Economic Union is working to overcome digital dependence among member countries. Russian companies show interest in equal bilateral cooperation with Armenia and Azerbaijan in such IT spheres as cyber security, urban management, and logistics.

In April 2023, Microsoft announced that it would open a multiregional hub in Kazakhstan, which will cover the countries of Central Asia, Azerbaijan, Armenia, Georgia, Mongolia and Pakistan. The hub will focus on training professionals to use Microsoft products and promoting product exports to these countries. In addition to Microsoft, Google and Apple also announced expansion into Central Asia.

Source: Rossa Primavera News Agency