Russia and Spain agree to cooperate on Cyber Security

Nov 7, 2018 11:15 am

Lavrov and Borrel have agreed to set up a joint cybersecurity group to prevent diplomatic relations from being damaged by the spread of misinformation.


Spanish ministers said last November that Russian-based groups had used online social media to heavily promote Catalonia’s independence referendum in an attempt to destabilize Spain. Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has dismissed the allegations as “hysteria.”

Lavrov and his Spanish counterpart Josep Borrell said they agreed to establish a joint cybersecurity group to keep the spread of misinformation from damaging bilateral ties.

“It seemed to me that our Spanish partners are interested in the idea of establishing a working group on cooperation in ensuring cybersecurity,” Lavrov said following the bilateral talks in Madrid.

Borrell was quoted as saying that he welcomed Lavrov’s proposal in order to “gauge the extent of the problem and analyze it to prevent it from becoming a source of friction.”

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