Russia, China to sign cyber security agreement in 2015 - newspaper

Russia and China are set to sign an international cyber security agreement in the first half of 2015, said Kommersant, referring to a source familiar with the progress of relevant negotiations.

Russia and China are set to sign an international cyber security agreement in the first half of 2015, said Kommersant, referring to a source familiar with the progress of relevant negotiations.

 

The document was initially planned to be approved during President Vladimir Putin's visit to China. However, the source told the newspaper it was decided that the agreement should be made "more extensive and practical" and that this would take several more months.

 

Kommersant said the agreement would deal with confidence-building measures, the prevention of cyber incidents developing into a full-scale conflict, collaboration in the operation of national Internet segments and closer interaction on international platforms dedicated to cyber security issues.

 

The signing of the document, drawn up under the supervision of Presidential Aide Igor Shchegolev together with the Russian Security Council, the Communication and Mass Media Ministry, the Foreign Ministry and the Defense Ministry, was postponed until the first half of next year.

 

"It will be a more profound [agreement] than the one we have with the Americans," an official told the newspaper.

 

The first ever bilateral agreement on confidence-building measures in cyber security, a sort of a cyber non-aggression pact, was signed in 2013 in the presence of Putin and U.S. president Barack Obama, the newspaper noted.

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