Russia doesn’t rule out retaliation if U.S. bans Kaspersky products

FILE PHOTO: Employee works near screens in virus lab at headquarters of Russian cyber security company Kaspersky Labs in Moscow

MOSCOW (Reuters) – Russia does not rule out retaliatory measures if the United States bans Moscow-based cyber security firm Kaspersky Lab’s products, RIA news agency cited Russia’s Communications Minister Nikolai Nikiforov as saying on Thursday.

On Wednesday U.S. senators sought to ban Kaspersky Lab’s products from use by the military because of fears the company is vulnerable to “Russian government influence”.

(Reporting by Alexander Winning; Editing by Maria Tsvetkova)