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Russia seeks productive dialogue with US on cyber security — Lavrov

Russia is promoting the project of a universal convention on combating cyber crimes, the Russian Foreign Minister also noted

MOSCOW, June 24. /TASS/. Moscow hopes to step up cooperation on cyber security in a bilateral format, and expects productive dialogue with the US in this direction, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov told the Moscow Conference on International Security on Thursday.

"We expect, of course, that our cooperation on cyber security will continue through bilateral channels, and we would like to also see productive dialogue on cyber security issues with the US side, as was discussed at the Geneva summit," said the top Russian diplomat said.

Moscow voices concerns over "the plans of certain states to militarize the Internet and unleash a cyber arms race there". "For our part, we are actively working on adopting a code of responsible behavior of states in the global information space, given the interests of each country in the field of military and political security. Simultaneously, we are promoting the project of a universal convention on combating cyber crimes," Lavrov said.

According to the top diplomat, both these Russian initiatives received a very serious consensus support at the latest session of the UN General Assembly, and "on both tracks special negotiating mechanisms were set up, which will consider these two crucial projects with the participation of all states".

Earlier, at the press conference after talks with US leader Joe Biden in Geneva, Russian President Vladimir Putin noted that Moscow and Washington could agree on the rules of behavior in the fields of strategic stability, cyber security and regional conflicts.