Russia: Joint cybersecurity group with US unlikely to be formed soon

Russia: Joint cybersecurity group with US unlikely to be formed soon
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A Russian official said Monday a proposed U.S.-Russia working group on cybersecurity will likely not be formed in the near future.

"President Putin proposed forming a working group. This does not mean that it should start working immediately, virtually tomorrow," Svetlana Lukash, a Russian official at the G-20 summit, told a news conference, according to Reuters.

"Nobody, except the participants of that (Hamburg) meeting, knows how that proposal was formulated and how President Trump reacted."

The comments come after President Trump on Sunday tweeted that he discussed forming an "impenetrable Cyber Security unit" with Russian President Vladimir Putin to guard against issues such as election hacking.

Trump's tweet faced backlash from some lawmakers. Later Sunday, Trump appeared to change his tune on the idea.

"The fact that President Putin and I discussed a Cyber Security unit doesn't mean I think it can happen. It can't-but a ceasefire can,& did!" Trump tweeted later Sunday.

Lukash clarified that the partnership was a "proposal."

"Probably, he (Trump) is not ready yet for this specific initiative at this stage," she said.

"But this does not mean that there won't be cooperation between the two nations in this sphere in any form which suits them both."