US Wants Cybersecurity Dialogue With Russia if It’s Fair – McMaster

US Wants Cybersecurity Dialogue With Russia if It’s Fair – McMaster
REUTERS/ Joshua RobertsWorld15:30 17.02.2018(updated 15:50 17.02.2018) Get short URL103

The US is ready to begin a dialogue with Russia on cybersecurity, if Russia is serious about stopping cyber espionage. This was announced on Saturday by US National Security Adviser Herbert McMaster at the Munich Security Conference.

“We would like to start a dialogue on cybersecurity, with pleasure, if Russia is serious about stopping this kind of espionage. This is a kind of cover-up, which is done using modern technology. This day will come, because we can better and better identify the sources of such attacks,” said McMaster.

According to McMaster, earlier for technical reasons it was very difficult to identify sources, today it became possible.

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The cooperation on cybersecurity between Russia and the United States was actively developing in the period from 2009 to 2013. At that time, the administration of former US President Barack Obama introduced a reset of relations with Russia. However, since 2014, the cooperation has been suspended, due to the Ukrainian crisis, with alleged Russian interference in this conflict and Crimea’s reunification with Russia.

The 54th security conference is taking place on February 16-18 at the Bayerischer Hof in Munich. More than 500 politicians, representatives of business and scientific circles, as well as members of human rights organizations from all over the world take part in the forum. This year, the Russian delegation is headed by Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov.