On November 10, President of Russia Vladimir Putin and President of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam Tran Dai Quang adopted a joint statement on cooperation in ensuring international information security (IIS) during a bilateral meeting on the sidelines of the APEC Economic Leaders’ Meeting in Danang.
The statement confirms the fundamental proximity of the positions of Moscow and Hanoi on IIS, including the main threats in this area and methods of dealing with them, and a mutual commitment to developing a bilateral dialogue in what is one of the key areas of international and national security.
To maintain peace in the global information space, Russia and Vietnam support prevention and peaceful resolution of interstate conflicts in it, and the development and adoption of universal rules for responsible behaviour in the digital sphere under UN auspices, aimed at ensuring equal security for all states, guarantee of their sovereignty over the national information and communications infrastructure and non-interference in countries’ internal affairs.
In practical terms, the parties agreed to increase cooperation in the development and implementation of joint confidence-building measures, ensuring the information security of critical facilities, combating the use of information and communication technologies for terrorist and other criminal purposes, facilitating the internationalisation of Internet governance, and other matters.
The parties have reached a mutual understanding on holding regular inter-departmental consultations to discuss the full range of IIS issues, also with the aim of preparing and signing a relevant bilateral agreement on IIS cooperation.