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Formalization of the Tallinn Mechanism to Coordinate Civilian Cyber Assistance to Ukraine
MEDIA NOTE OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSON
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December 20, 2023

Formalization of the Tallinn Mechanism to Coordinate Civilian Cyber Assistance to Ukraine

As endorsed by the U.S. Department of State and the Foreign Ministries of Canada, Denmark, Estonia, France, Germany, The Netherlands, Poland, Sweden, and the United Kingdom on December 20, 2023, the Tallinn Mechanism has been officially formalized.

As a result of Russia’s unprovoked war of aggression against Ukraine, the Tallinn Mechanism, hereafter referred to as “the Mechanism,” aims to coordinate and facilitate civilian cyber capacity building to help Ukraine uphold its fundamental right to self-defense in cyberspace and address longer-term cyber resilience needs.

The Mechanism’s lines of effort are intended to be separate, yet complementary, to military cyber capacity building efforts and other civilian efforts on cyber capacity building and digital development. The Mechanism aims to interface routinely with other donor initiatives around those efforts to coordinate and de-conflict.

Collectively, the Mechanism’s members have contributed efforts to deliver cyber capacity building assistance to Ukraine. These contributions have been carried out with respect for international law and in full coordination with relevant Ukrainian counterparts.

Members of the Mechanism intend to improve coordination and delivery of civilian cyber capacity building. Members intend to engage with the EU and NATO in this regard. Private sector and non-governmental actors are also encouraged to contribute to the Mechanism.