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US Actively Asking Russia for Cooperation in Cybersecurity, Unlike Other Areas, Medvedev Says

© Sputnik / Julia Ziryanova / Go to the mediabankDmitry Anatolyevich Medvedev, Deputy Chairman of the Security Council of Russia
Dmitry Anatolyevich Medvedev, Deputy Chairman of the Security Council of Russia - Sputnik International, 1920, 27.01.2022
MOSCOW (Sputnik) - The US is actively asking Russia for cooperation on fighting cybercrimes and sharing information on the issue, unlike other spheres, Russian Security Council Deputy Chairman Dmitry Medvedev told Russian media.
Medvedev noted that the US is at least actively asking for cooperation on this issue, sharing certain information, "unlike many other areas," because there is "no other way."
"All these cases, all these operations [to fight cybercrimes] that have been carried out, are, in fact, joint operations. It seems that this is a really good example, especially since the real threats from them [cybercrimes] are severe, they concern a huge number of people," Medvedev said.
He noted that the detention of REvil hackers is a positive example of Russian-US cooperation in the fight against cybercrime. According to him, Moscow and Washington managed to establish cooperation between the two countries' security council staffs.
At the same time, the Security Council deputy chairman pointed out that the US has still provided no response to Russian requests concerning cyberattacks on the central election commission during the 2021 general election.
Apart from that, Medvedev spoke about the recent Russia-NATO dialogue, saying that "no one is seeking war," and everything must be done so as to avoid confrontation between Russia and the alliance.
Service members fire a salute during a ceremony in tribute to fallen defenders of Ukraine, including the soldiers killed during a battle with pro-Russian rebels for the Donetsk airport this day in 2015, at a memorial near the headquarters of the Defence Ministry in Kyiv, Ukraine January 20, 2022. - Sputnik International, 1920, 27.01.2022
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Nevertheless, he stressed that the US refusal to provide security guarantees to Russia complicates the situation and the only way to avoid war is to reach an agreement that would reaffirm the indivisibility of security.
The document on security guarantees for Russia should be mandatory, he said.
Medvedev also noted that even if Ukraine does not join NATO, weapons will be deployed on its territory and warned that Moscow’s request not to move NATO forces to Russia’s borders is still being not fulfilled, and the “red lines are very close.”
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