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Slovenian-Ukrainian consultations on cybersecurity

Slovenia and Ukraine held virtual consultations on cybersecurity. The Slovenian delegation was led by State Secretary Tone Kajzer, and the Ukrainian side was headed by the Deputy Minister for Foreign Affairs, Vasyl Bodnar.

at an audio/video conference

State Secretary Tone Kajzer and Head of Department for NATO and International Security, Ambassador Andrej Benedejčič | Author MZZ

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Both sides agreed that partner relations between Slovenia and Ukraine are friendly and well developed. However, they acknowledged that enhanced dialogue on cybersecurity may present one possible way of strengthening cooperation, which is undoubtedly in the interests of both countries.

The Slovenian and Ukrainian delegations presented their respective national cybersecurity systems and discussed past and present threats posed by malicious cyber attacks to residents, businesses, and countries. They went on to exchange views on their respective multilateral activities and advocated for a secure, free, and stable cyberspace based on international law.

The consultations were also aimed at identifying areas of cooperation at the expert level. As part of its imminent Presidency of the EU Council, Slovenia will prioritise the bolstering of the resilience and security of critical infrastructure and the Digital Single Market against cyber attacks. Therefore, it highlighted the protection of energy infrastructure as an area where cooperation could be especially beneficial.