"I see a great future for Europol's cooperation with Russia in [tackling] cybercrime. It is a global crime and Russia has excellent experts. One of the bests is Kaspersky [cybersecurity company], which is of the Russian origin," Storbeck said.
"It is not only true for Europol but also for the EU countries such as Germany and other EU states. It is a future but we are often faced with legal and political obstacles. It is a difficult process but I am sure that we are on the way to do it as there is a common demand and a… need for Russia as well," Storbeck stressed.
He reminded that the bilateral intelligence cooperation between Europol and Russia had a 13-year history.
The cooperation agreement between Russia and the Europol was signed in 2003 in an effort to enhance joint fight against transnational crimes.
In November 2016, Kaspersky Lab reported an increase in distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks on the country's state websites.
According to the Europol's European Cybercrime Centre, damage from cybercrimes to EU member states is estimated at 265 billion euros ($281 billion) a year.