TASS, a Russian News Agency, reported that Russia and the United States are resuming cooperation on cyber security, a heavily ridiculed idea that Putin has pushed since 2017.
Putin first raised the question in 2017 when he and U.S. President Donald Trump met at the Hamburg G20 summit. There, they discussed forming “an impenetrable Cyber Security unit” which was subsequently met by criticisms from some senior Republicans.
Trump, whose administration has been encapsulated by investigations into allegations of Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. presidential election, soon backed out of the tentative proposal.
However, in July 2018, Putin suggested that both countries cooperate to examine the evidence that Russia had meddled in the U.S. election.
“We can analyze [evidence] through the joint working group on cybersecurity, the establishment of which we discussed during our previous contacts,” Putin said, confirming that he wanted to continue talking about the idea.
His attempt was met, yet again, with skepticism, particularly behind what was driving his motives.
Christopher Painter, who led the State Department’s cyber office from 2011 until August 2017, tweeted, “Whatever benefit there may be from working level discussions, it’s hard to see how [a working group] can resolve these issues.”
Recently, TASS news agency cited the head of Russia’s FSB Federal Security Service.
“...we are restoring these (cyber security) relations,” FSB chief Alexander Bortnikov said.