Russia and Turkmenistan will cooperate in the field of “information security”

On October 11, during a meeting of the Council of CIS Heads of State, Presidents of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin and Turkmenistan Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov issued a joint statement on cooperation in the field of cybersecurity, TDH reports .

The Heads of State note that the abuse of information and communication technologies and the collection of personal data of people is a direct violation of fundamental human rights and freedoms.

The applicants also spoke out about the inadmissibility of interference in the internal affairs of sovereign states with the help of information and communication technologies.

The two heads of state recognize the need to strengthen cooperation between Turkmenistan and the Russian Federation in the UN and the International Telecommunication Union on improving the current model of Internet governance, including ensuring equal rights of states to participate in the Internet governance process and enhancing the role of the International Telecommunication Union in this context, reports the Turkmen news agency.

Recall that in September, a cyber security service was created in Turkmenistan to protect cyber sovereignty, and in 2018, training of cyber front fighters began at the Military Institute named after the Great Saparmurat Turkmenbashi of the Ministry of Defense of Turkmenistan .

Despite claims to protect human rights to privacy, Turkmenistan's intelligence agencies are monitoring the Internet activity of their citizens. So, in February 2018, Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov met with the representative of the German company Rohde and Schwarz Hartmut Yeschke , who heads the department for developing solutions for cybersecurity of government agencies, secure communication channels for the military, as well as surveillance systems. In January 2019, Radio Azatlyk reported that the equipment of this company is used to wiretap and monitor online activity of citizens of the country.

Source: Chronicles of Turkmenistan