Denmark and Sweden to strengthen cooperation against Russian cyber attacks

  • Roman Šulc
  • 10.9.2017 16:46

On 30 August during a meeting in Stockholm, Swedish defence minister Peter Hultqvist and his Danish counterpart Claus Hjort Frederiksen announced that their countries will intensify their cooperation in the fight against cyber attacks and disinformation campaigns by the Russian Federation.

Both of the officials pointed out that Russian hybrid operations aimed at reducing NATO's influence in the region are a common threat which needs to be tackled more effectively. The disinformation campaigns are seen as a security risk given that they reduce the ability to distinguish authentic information from falsehoods and thus create uncertainty among the population. The yet unspecified initiative against hybrid forms of aggression will also be accompanied by the strengthening of the more traditional forms of military cooperation between the two countries due to the increased activity of Russian armed forces in the region. The information operations have gained international recognition particularly in connection with the cyber attacks and subsequent publications of compromising documents during the US presidential election.

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