Russia in talks with US to create cybersecurity working group
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A Russian official says that the United States and Moscow are negotiating to set up a joint cybersecurity working group

A Russian official says that the United States and Moscow are negotiating to set up a joint cybersecurity working group. Russia presented its ideas about the general rules of the digital economy and cybersecurity, and this topic was raised at the joint meeting of the G20 summit.

According to Russia’s RIA news agency, a special presidential Andrey Krutskikh envoy on the issue and said. “The talks are underway … different proposals are being exchanged, nobody denies the necessity of holding the talks and of having such contacts”. The US formally asked Russia about vote-hacking one week prior to the 2016 election and Moscow replied the next day, he added.

Andrey Krutskikh was quoted as saying, “there is no need to dramatize the working process, it is undoubtedly difficult, taking into account the current American realities, but this is a problem rather of the U.S. administration, not ours.”

The US President, Donald Trump discussed earlier this month, forming a solid cybersecurity unit with Vladimir Putin . Trump said, “he had discussed the idea of creating such a group with President Vladimir Putin at a summit of the Group of 20 nations in Hamburg, Germany”. Mr Trump tweeted: “Putin and I discussed forming an impenetrable cybersecurity unit so that election hacking, and many other negative things, will be guarded and safe.”

Senior U.S. Republicans greeted the idea with incredulity, saying Moscow could not be trusted, and Donald Trump later appeared to back away, saying on Twitter: “The fact that President Putin and I discussed a Cyber Security unit doesn’t mean I think it can happen. It can’t.”

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