Russian Foreign Ministry's new agency to deal with international information security

The Russian Foreign Ministry will have a special agency responsible for problems of international cyber-security, the daily Kommersant wrote on Friday.

The ministry will also have a department for international information security, it said.

The new department is to be headed by Andrei Krutitskikh, who was appointed a year ago to the post of the Foreign Ministry's special coordinator for information and communications technology, according to Kommersant.

The new agency will promote the draft UN convention on the maintenance of international information security, drawn up by the Russian Foreign Ministry and Security Council, and the Rules of Conduct on the Internet, prepared by the Shanghai Cooperation Organization's member-states.

It will also work out trust-building measures in the cyber space in the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe, defend Russian approaches to the management of the Internet in international organizations, and ensure the understanding that the principles of sovereignty and non-interference in each other's affairs apply to the Internet.

In order to provide Russian representatives with counter arguments, experts of the new department have prepared a report on foreign approaches to the freedom of Internet use. Kommersant, which is familiar with the key points in the report, said that, "practically all countries regulate the use of the Internet."

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