Indonesia, Russia to enhance cybersecurity cooperation

Jakarta and Moscow have agreed to enhance cooperation on cybersecurity to counter transnational crime, especially terrorism.

The two countries agreed to intensify cooperation on securing the distribution of digital information and to hold regular consultations on security and defense, Coordinating Political, Legal and Security Affairs Minister Wiranto said on Monday.

The basis for this cooperation had been laid-out by then-security chief Luhut Pandjaitan following the signing of several bilateral agreements between Indonesia and Russia when President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo visited Moscow in May, Wiranto said.

“We see an importance to deepen our discussions on the two countries’ security as well as regional security, and we will follow up the cooperation with more concrete measures,” Wiranto said following a meeting with Russian Ambassador to Indonesia Mikhail Galuzin.

Among other things, the cooperation was aimed at improving cyber technology amid concerns about the spread of radical ideas and the funding of terrorism through online platforms, Wiranto said.


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