Russian Government has published a statement by President Vladimir Putin that proposes to the United States a comprehensive program of measures for restoring the Russia – US cooperation in information security.
Russia was accused of interfering in the 2016 US presidential election, in February 2018 the special prosecutor Robert Mueller accused thirteen Russian nationals of tampering with the election and charged them with conspiring against the United States.
The measures proposed by Putin aim at building up a mutual trust between the two Governments, the collaboration will contribute to ensure global peace in the information space.
“One of today’s major strategic challenges is the risk of a large-scale confrontation in the digital field. A special responsibility for its prevention lies on the key players in the field of ensuring international information security (IIS).” reads the statement. “In this regard, we would like to once again address the US with a suggestion to agree on a comprehensive program of practical measures to reboot our relations in the field of security in the use of information and communication technologies (ICTs).”
Putin suggested four actions to set up a prolific collaboration on Information security.
Recently, the FBI warned that foreign actors and cybercriminals could spear disinformation aimed at discrediting the electoral process and undermine confidence in U.S. democratic institutions
The proposal of collaboration in information security is not new, the two states already discussed on the topic in 2017.
At the time, Putin and Trump discussed the creation of a joint Cyber Security unit, but the event and the tensions between the two states halted any joint initiative.
(SecurityAffairs – hacking, Putin)