The President of Ρωσίας, Vladimir Putin, proposed to the US a comprehensive program measures aimed at restoring cooperation between the two countries in its field security information, including a pact prohibition of hack in country elections. Russia's move comes after the country was accused in February 2018 of meddling in the 2016 US presidential election. In particular, prosecutor Robert Mueller accused thirteen Russian nationals of election hacking and conspiracy against the US.
The Russian government announced one document entitled "Statement by the President of Russia, Vladimir Putin, on a comprehensive program of measures to restore Russia-US cooperation in the field of information security".
The measures proposed by Putin are aimed at building mutual trust between the governments of the two countries, as their cooperation will contribute to ensuring "world peace and security" in the field of information and will end electoral interference.
In particular, the Russian President stated in his relevant statement the following: "One of the major strategic challenges today is the risk of a large-scale confrontation in the digital sector. The responsibility for its prevention lies with the key "players", with the aim of ensuring international information security (IIS). In this context, we would like to once again address to the US, with a proposal, to agree on a comprehensive program of practical measures, for the resumption of our relations in the field of security, in the use of information and communication technologies (ICTs).”.
Putin proposed four steps to establish a productive cooperation between Russia and the United States to ensure information security and prevent possible hacking in future elections:
- Restore a high level of regular, full-scale bilateral dialogue between the two countries on key issues of safeguarding IIS.
- Maintaining a continuous and effective operation of the communication channels between the competent services of the two countries, through Nuclear Risk Reduction Centers, Computer Emergency Preparedness Teams and High-Level Officials Responsible for IIS Issues within the bodies involved in ensuring national security.
- The joint development and conclusion of a bilateral intergovernmental agreement on the prevention of information incidents, similar to the USSR-US Offshore Incident Prevention Agreement, which entered into force on 25 May 1972.
- The exchange, in a mutually acceptable form, of guarantees of non-interference by one country in the internal affairs of another, including, inter alia, electoral processes, through ICTs and high methods technology.
The proposal for information security cooperation is not a new one, as the two powers discussed the issue again in 2017.
At that time, Putin and Tramp discussed the creation of a joint unit cyber securityHowever, tensions between the two countries have halted any joint initiative.