May 16, 2017 / 11:41 AM / 3 months ago

Kremlin says may retaliate against Ukraine over sanctions on Russian web firms

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov attends a news conference of Russian President Vladimir Putin and Laos' Prime Minister Thongloun Sisoulith following the Russia-ASEAN summit in Sochi, Russia, in this file photo dated May 20, 2016.Sergei Karpukhin

MOSCOW (Reuters) - The Kremlin said on Tuesday it might retaliate against Ukraine after Kiev banned Russia's largest internet firms Yandex and Group calling the move "shortsighted."

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told a conference call with reporters that Moscow has not forgotten the principle of reciprocity when it came to such disputes, but said Ukraine did not have many Internet sites that were popular in Russia.

Ukraine said on Tuesday it was imposing sanctions on Russia's largest internet group Yandex YNDX.O and other popular online firms to protect itself against cyber attacks.

Reporting by Denis Pinchuk; Editing by Andrew Osborn

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