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MOSCOW, October 20. /TASS/. Russia is capable of giving an effective response to the terrorist and other threats, and the operation in Syria has confirmed this, Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Tuesday at a ceremony of presentation of newly appointed senior officers.
"The operation has confirmed that Russia is capable of giving an adequate and effective response to the terrorist and any other threats in our country," the president said.
Putin said that since September 30 an aviation group of Russia’s Aerospace Forces has been delivering airstrikes on militants’ infrastructure in Syria. Russia’s Caspian Flotilla has also been involved in the operation - it launched cruise missiles on the terrorists in Syria from the Caspian Sea.
The president has called on the Federal Security Service to step up the effort to uncover ties between international terrorists and Russian gunmen.
"It is principally important to uncover ties of Russian gunmen with international terrorist groups and their patrons," Putin said at a ceremony with the newly appointed high-ranking military officers.
Putin said Russia’s FSB has averted 20 terrorism-related crimes this year. In the special operations, 112 gunmen were killed, including 26 leaders. More than 560 members of armed gangs have been detained.
The president thanked the FSB officers for their work, noting that the anti-terrorism fight inside Russia is becoming more topical amid the unstable situation in the world.
"We need to act further in the same energetic and efficient way," he stressed.