2017-04-04 15:39:00

CIS special services continue cooperation to counter terrorism, religious and political extremism - Russian Foreign Intelligence Service

Moscow, April 4, Interfax - The chiefs of the security bodies and the intelligence services of the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) members agreed to continue multilateral cooperation, primarily in the fight against international terrorism, religious and political extremism, Russian Foreign Intelligence Service (SVR) press bureau head Sergey Ivanov said.

The heads of the security bodies and the intelligence services of the CIS member countries held a conference dealing with intelligence issues in Moscow on April 4 and it was timed to the 25th anniversary of the agreement on fundamental principles of cooperation between the intelligence services, the state security bodies of the CIS states signed in Almaty.

"In the final memorandum the participants reaffirmed their intention to continue their multilateral cooperation within the framework of the conference. International terrorism, religious and political extremism were named among the main threats, which affect vital interests of all of the CIS member countries," Ivanov said.

"The meeting began with the minute of silence in memory of the victims in the yesterday's blast in the St. Petersburg metro," the Russian SVR press bureau head said.