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26 May 2022, 18:15

Belarus, Russia hold ministerial consultations on international information security

MOSCOW, 26 May (BelTA) - Belarusian-Russian ministerial consultations on international information security took place in Moscow on 26 May, BelTA learned from the website of the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

“The agenda included issues of bilateral cooperation in ensuring information security, including on global and regional platforms. The parties emphasized the trusting and allied nature of cooperation between Moscow and Minsk. A detailed ‘note comparing' was carried out in the run-up to the third substantive session of the UN Open-ended Working Group on security and in the use of information and communications technologies 2021-2025. The parties agreed on the need to strengthen interaction on this specialized mechanism under the auspices of the United Nations with a view to achieving practical results. The parties emphasized that it was important to cooperate to prevent conflicts, to use ICT for peaceful purposes and to avoid confrontations in the information space,” the ministry said.

The participants of the meeting also noted the expediency of further coordination of joint work on the platforms of specialized UN agencies: the International Telecommunication Union and the Universal Postal Union.

“The importance of stepping up efforts to ensure information security in the CIS was confirmed. The parties welcomed the adoption of a plan of top-priority measures for ensuring information security of the CIS member states by 2030 at the meeting of the CIS Heads of Government Council on 20 May 2022. The parties also emphasized the need for practical ministerial dialogue on information security among the CSTO member states, including through the development of a draft list of additional measures,” the Russian ministry of foreign affairs said.

The participants of the meeting considered the ways for further development of bilateral cooperation on the international information security, including the plan for the implementation of the main areas of Belarusian-Russian cooperation in international information security for 2022-2023.

“It was decided to hold the next ministerial consultations in Minsk in 2023. The dates will be determined through diplomatic channels,” the ministry added.

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