Google does not plead guilty to the violation of competition law, said the head of FAS Igor Artemyev. He noted that the Agency does not enter into settlement agreements, if the company doesn’t admit the guilt.
MOSCOW, 17 Dec. The Federal Antimonopoly service sees no grounds for pre-trial settlement agreement with Google, because the company did not plead guilty, said the head of FAS Igor Artemyev.
“Now there is no basis for this (conclusion of pre-trial settlement agreement with Google — ed.) the fact that the company doesn’t admit the guilt, but we do not conclude settlement agreements, if the company does not admit his guilt,” he told reporters, adding that otherwise it would look like a corruption story.
“We’re all settlement agreements in the courts begin with the words “the company recognises that it has committed a breach of article of the competition law. If this item is, there is a basis for negotiations on the reduction of penalty”, stressed Artemyev.
The FAS in September, Google admitted violator of the competition law, the company was accused of abuse of a dominant position on the market of pre-installed app stores in the Android OS, and ordered to 18 December to eliminate the violation. The case was initiated on the complaint of the company “Yandex”.
Google in December had disputed the claims of the FAS in the Moscow arbitration.