Friday, July 19

Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov’s greetings to organisers and participants in the 15th International IT Forum in Khanty-Mansiysk

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I would like to offer my warm welcome to the organisers and participants in the 15th International IT Forum.

Discussing information and communication technologies is becoming especially significant in modern conditions. Russia consistently advocates fair management of the international digital environment by closing legally binding agreements. Russian professionals are working on solving this problem in close coordination with SCO and BRICS partners, as well as with other countries of the Global Majority.

A global intergovernmental registry of contact points was created in May 2024 at Russia’s initiative. This first universal measure to strengthen trust in the online environment will help establish direct links between competent bodies in the event of cyberattacks and other incidents. BRICS is launching a similar mechanism soon.

The other initiatives by Russia that I want to single out include a draft comprehensive convention on combating crimes committed using information and communication technologies. We are also interested in expanding international cooperation in AI, the use of which can bring both potential economic benefits and grave security risks.

I am confident that this meeting will also contribute to our joint efforts and I believe that participants will enjoy highly professional discussions and helpful exchanges while final recommendations will be translated into actual practices.

I wish you productive work and all the best.

 

SERGEY LAVROV

 

Source
https://www.mid.ru/ru/foreign_policy/news/1957850/

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