After mutual allegations of hacker attacks, Russian President Vladimir Putin and the head of the US foreign intelligence service CIA, William Burns, spoke about cybersecurity.
Moscow – After mutual allegations of hacker attacks, Russian President Vladimir Putin and the head of the US foreign intelligence service CIA, William Burns, spoke about cybersecurity. The topic was raised during a phone call, said Kremlin spokesman Dmitri Peskov on Monday, according to the Interfax agency. In addition, Putin and Burns, who visited Moscow last week, also talked about the difficult relations between their two countries.
The US had blamed Russia for cyber attacks in the past. Moscow, in turn, accused Washington of interfering in the Duma election in September. The EU also accuses Russia of targeted cyber attacks against politicians, the press and civil society, which Moscow rejects.
During his visit to Moscow, CIA chief Burns also discussed the conflict in eastern Ukraine with representatives of the Russian security apparatus, which has been controlled by pro-Russian separatists for years. It had been speculated whether there would also be a personal meeting with Putin during the two-day stay in Europe’s largest metropolis. (dpa)