Russian President Vladimir Putin has invited the United States to exchange pledges of non-interference in internal politics as part of a large-scale program aimed at resetting Russian-US cooperation in the field of international information security.
“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. 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,” a statement by the president put out by the Kremlin on Friday said.
Putin proposed the restoration of “regular, full-scale bilateral interagency high-level dialogue on the key issues of ensuring international information security,” including the maintenance of the “continuous and effective functioning of the communication channels between competent agencies of our states through Nuclear Risk Reduction Centers, Computer Emergency Readiness Teams and high-level officials in charge of the issues of international information security within the bodies involved in ensuring national security, including that of information.”
As part of the reset, the Russian president proposed the joint creation and signing of a new “bilateral intergovernmental agreement on preventing incidents in the information space similarly to the Soviet-American Agreement on the Prevention of Incidents On and Over the High Seas in force since 25 May 1972.”