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Nuclear deterrence concept not applicable to cyber space - Russian presidential envoy

April 22, 2018, 23:25 UTC+3 MOSCOW

Nuclear weapons and cyber space are two different areas, with their specific nuances, Andrei Krutskikh said

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MOSCOW, April 22. /TASS/. The deterrence theory that has formed in the nuclear sphere cannot be applicable to the cyber space as it is an absolutely different area with its own specifics, Russian president’s special envoy for international cooperation in the area of cyber security and Ambassador at Large Andrei Krutskikh said in an interview with the Kommersant daily posted on its website on Sunday.

Commenting on the idea of US National Security Advisor John Bolton to create a system of deterrence in the cyber space like the one in the nuclear area, he stressed that "it is a disastrously dangerous logic." "Those who wants to apply the concept of the deterrence theory to the cyber space must be aware that races on a mined filed are impossible," he stressed.

Nuclear weapons and cyber space are two different areas, with their specific nuances, he said, adding that what works well in one sphere cannot be automatically used in the other. "In the cyber sphere, on the contrary, stake is to be made not on flexing muscles and competition between superpowers but on building measures of trust, transparency and cooperation and involving as many countries as possible," he said.

According to Krutskikh, Russia and the United States could be the leaders of these processes. "The situation when two cowboys are pointing their cyber Colts at each other is not normal. We are ready to point down our Colt if they do the same. But so far, tension is only growing," he noted. "Instead, we should agree with each other and lead the way for others.".

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