11 Oct 2019 13:02

Russian, Turkmen presidents concerned about use of information technologies to interfere in internal affairs

ASHGABAT. Oct 11 (Interfax) - The presidents of Russia and Turkmenistan, Vladimir Putin and Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedow, have called on the international community to prevent interference by means of information technologies in the internal affairs of sovereign nations.

"The two chiefs of state call on the international community to take every measure necessary for preventing information technologies from being used as a tool of interference in the internal affairs of sovereign nations, as well as for terrorist and criminal purposes, including illegal access to computer information and creation, use, and distribution of malware," Putin and Berdimuhamedow said in a joint statement after their talks on the CIS summit sidelines.

"There has been an obvious increase in the number of abuses of information technologies, such as illegal collection and use of personal data in direct violation of major human rights and freedoms, including the right to privacy," the statement said.

"Seeking to protect national and international interests, the President of the Russian Federation and the President of Turkmenistan call for the prevention and peaceful settlement of conflicts, which may occur due to the illegal use of information technologies," it said.