Russia would reply that all this could be avoided if the United States simply accepted its proposals for non-interference in each other`s internal affairs and cooperated to reduce threats to critical infrastructure. This is the second reason why Washington rejected the Kremlin`s proposals: Russia and the United States often talk about cyber-issues. As I wrote last year, the two are “fundamentally divided on the nature of cyber-conflicts,” which hinders their ability to adopt common standards. A standard of not using computer means to interfere with the other`s domestic policy is not feasible, as it would depend on factors that are not under the control of the U.S. government. If the Kremlin already believes that the Panama Papers were a CIA plot to undermine Russia, or that the White House has the ability to fire journalists, it is certain to blame the US government for any future New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, the Washington Post or other similar investigations into the detection of corruption or abuse in Putin`s inner circle. This result is far from an ideal scenario for both countries. Russia and China have been the driving force behind the SOC`s cyberwork and will want to see some form of UN support for their efforts. The United States is unlikely to be excited about the prospect of a new GGE process if it would prefer to spend its time imposing existing cyber standards rather than talking about creating new standards. Despite these concerns, this is one of the few options that Moscow and Washington keep at the negotiating table. “…

we are re-establishing these (cybersecurity) relations,” said FSB chief Alexander Bortnikov. However, opening a debate on setting limits on cyber activity in the future should not be seen as a weakness or madness. It is precisely when bilateral relations are deep and there is no hope for improvement that our professional national security institutions must engage. Domestic policy considerations are currently the biggest challenge for such negotiations – in both countries. If we come to the table to reduce the risk of new and potentially catastrophic cyber assessment errors, this must be a priority for policy makers on both sides who value our common future. Starting on the path of a cyber-treaty is an ambitious goal, but not unthinkable. The pact, the first of its kind, was announced in a statement released on Monday by the two countries at the Group of Eight summit in Northern Ireland.

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