Russia and China to collaborate on information security

Russia's government has approved a draft agreement with China which will see the two countries cooperate on international information security, a government website reported earlier today.

"The agreement's purpose is to offer legal and organisational bases for cooperation between Russia and China in international information security," reads the TASS media agency website. "The agreement lists basic threats, offers directions, approaches, forms and mechanisms of cooperation in the sphere."

The government has charged the Foreign Ministry with organising negotiations with the Chinese party and, when an agreement is reached, to have the document signed on behalf of the government.

Russia has recently been looking to increase state control over the internet and launched a new National Control Centre of Defence back in February. The country, which faced sanctions from US relating to the Ukraine conflict, has though, along with China, been criticised by the Estonian prime minister for not helping to combat global cyber-crime.