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Security, cooperation in war on terror top agenda of Russia-Switzerland consultations

October 25, 2016, 15:30 UTC+3 GENEVA

Bilateral consultations in Switzerland focused on the Russian-Swiss security dialogue

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GENEVA, October 25. /TASS/. Secretary of the Russian Security Council Nikolai Patrushev has held bilateral consultations in Switzerland, which focused on the Russian-Swiss security dialogue, Patrushev’s press secretary, Yevgeny Anoshin, informed TASS on Tuesday.

"Nikolai Patrushev and head of the Swiss Federal Department of Defense, Civil Protection and Sports, Guy Parmelin, discussed the pressing European security issues, the situation in the Middle East and North Africa. The two sides pointed to the need of intensifying cooperation on the anti-terrorist track," Anoshin said.

Patrushev also met with head of Switzerland’s Federal Intelligence Service, Markus Seiler. The parties exchanged views "on major international security threats related to the activities of international terrorist organizations that have been stepped up recently." They also discussed efforts to counter illegal immigration and cyber crimes.

Bern also hosted consultations on strategic security issues. They were held by Deputy Security Council Secretary Yevgeny Lukyanov and head of the security policy department of the Swiss Federal Department of Defense, Civil Protection and Sports, Christian Catrina.

"The two sides exchanged information on the Russian and Swiss approaches towards ensuring national security and outlined ways of bilateral cooperation in the fight against terrorism and its financing and cyber crimes," Anoshin said.

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