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    The Russian special presidential representative for international cooperation in information security says that Russia is going to advance the issue of cybersecurity at the UN General Assembly and at the BRICS Summit.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) — Russia intends to promote the issue of cybersecurity at the United Nations General Assembly as well as through regional platforms, such as BRICS summit, Andrei Krutskikh, a special presidential representative for international cooperation in information security, told the Isvestiya newspaper.

    "The issue [of cybersecurity] will definitely be discussed at the General Assembly. But very important decisions will be made in the fist week of September, at BRICS summit. Very interesting proposals will be made public there," Krutskikh said, as quoted by the newspaper.

    According to the special presidential representative, Russia would continue working on international behavior code in cyberspace and the rules would be eventually formulated due to joint efforts of members of Collective Security Treaty Organization, Shanghai Cooperation Organisation and BRICS countries.

    Russia has been suggesting the adoption of a comprehensive set of regulations on cybersecurity for some time now. According to Krutskikh, the topic is becoming increasingly popular.

    Russian presidential adviser on the development of the Internet, German Klimenko, told the newspaper that the main problem was the absence of international rules and cooperation protocols in this field, adding that the collaboration would have to initially be built on trust. According to Klimenko, countries should agree to only use cyberspace for peaceful purposes and to jointly fight against hackers.

    In May, a WannaCry ransomware attack infected thousands of computers in over 100 countries. Another widely reported series of cyberattacks occurred in late June, impacting a number of countries, including Russia and Ukraine.

    The 72nd session of the UN General Assembly will convene on September 12, while BRICS summit is scheduled for September 3-5.

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