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India, Russia to deepen practical cooperation in ICT

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India and Russia have decided to strengthen practical cooperation to prevent misuse of information and communication technologies (ICT) to fight against its use in criminal and terrorist activities. During their second round of consultations on security in the use of ICTs held last week, the two countries agreed that it is necessary to prevent their misuse for criminal and terrorism purpose, the External Affairs Ministry said in a release.

These consultations were held pursuant to an agreement on cooperation in the ICT field on the sidelines of the 8th BRICS Summit in Goa in 2018. The Indian delegation was led by Deputy National Security Adviser Rajinder Khanna and National Cyber Security Coordinator Gulshan Rai, while the Russian delegation was led by Oleg Khrarnov, Deputy Secretary, Security Council of the Russian Federation.

“Both sides reiterated intention to strengthen practical cooperation on issues relating to ensuring security in the use of ICTs, including information sharing, on emerging threats in this field, exchange of technical information, capacity building, including sharing ICTs to fight against its use for criminal and terrorist purposes,” the release said.

The two sides also agreed it was necessary to prevent misuse of ICTs for criminal and terrorism purpose and that in order to prevent possibilities of conflict, appropriate mechanism for ensuring security in the use of ICTs should be put in place.

“Both sides reaffirmed their common concerns relating to threats and common approaches in ensuring security in this field, and highlighted the need to strengthen bilateral cooperation in the use of ICTs by deepening interaction between specialized agencies,” it added.

The head of the Russian delegation also called on National Security Adviser Ajit Doval, who underlined the strategic character of India-Russia relations as well as highlighted the need to strengthen cooperation in the important sphere of the use of ICTs.

The significance of adopting norms, principles and rules of responsible state behavior in the use of ICTs with the UN as the key facilitator was also stressed upon during these consultations. In this respect, there was a need for resumption of work of a group of governmental experts on development in the field of information and telecommunications in the context of international security in order to develop the norms, principles and rules on security in the use of ICTs, the release said.

The two sides reaffirmed their willingness to maintain regular bilateral dialogue on issues related to ensuring security in the use of ICTs with a view to further enhance cooperation in this area, the release added.

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