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On September 16-17, 2021, the first Russian-Dutch interagency consultations on security issues in the use of information and communication technologies (ICT) were held in The Hague.

The agenda of the consultations included a wide range of security issues in the use of ICTs on global and regional platforms, as well as on a bilateral track.

On the Russian side, the consultations were chaired by the Special Representative of the President of the Russian Federation for International Cooperation in the Field of Information Security, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary A.V. Krutskikh, the delegation of the Kingdom of the Netherlands – Ambassador-at-Large for Security Policy and Cyber ​​Issues of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands N.Jaarsma.

The Russian delegation included representatives of the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Russian Ministry of Internal Affairs, the Russian Ministry of Defense, the Russian Ministry of Justice, the General Prosecutor’s Office of the Russian Federation, the Investigative Committee of the Russian Federation, and the FSO of Russia. The delegation of the Kingdom of the Netherlands was represented by experts from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Justice and Security, Ministry of Defense, Ministry of Economy and Climate Policy.

The parties stated the need to prevent conflicts and prevent any kind of confrontation in the ICT environment, use ICT for peaceful purposes, strengthen international cooperation in the field of combating information crime.

The parties welcomed the start of the work of the new UN Open-ended Working Group (OEWG) on security in the use of ICTs and ICTs 2021-2025 and confirmed that it should be based on the norms enshrined in the reports of the OEWG (2019-2021) and the Groups of Governmental Experts. The Russian delegation presented the draft resolution of the First Committee of the 76th session of the UN General Assembly on IIB, noting that it is based on non-confrontational and unifying principles that meet the interests of the entire world community.

During the meeting, the Russian side made a presentation of the draft convention on countering the use of ICT for criminal purposes, officially submitted by Russia as a national contribution to the UN specialized committee on July 27 this year. The Netherlands confirmed its readiness to take part in multilateral processes related to cybercrime, such as the aforementioned ad hoc committee.

The parties noted the importance of the implementation of confidence-building measures in the ICT environment within the framework of the OSCE Informal Working Group, approved by the Permanent Council Decision 1039. The parties stressed the importance of continuing active work on the substantive implementation of confidence-building measures.

The delegations exchanged information on national approaches to technological development issues such as artificial intelligence and big data processing.

The consultations took place in a constructive atmosphere and in a spirit of cooperation. The parties agreed to continue consultations and hold the next round in Moscow. Specific dates will be determined through diplomatic channels.

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