Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Thursday there were no plans to shut down social media sites or limit Internet freedoms in Russia, and that a "civilised" solution was needed to make the Internet safer.
Putin said he was up-to-speed with the situation with the move to ban Telegram and added: "We are not going to close anything."
He said his primary concern was people's safety.
"At the same time, I also worked in the security services and know it is easiest to ban, and harder to find civilised solutions," he said.
"Therefore, I'm going to urge all my colleagues to take this route, the route of ... using modern methods to combat offences, including terrorism, without restricting freedoms, including those on the Internet."