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Russia’s Kazan to host international meeting of high security representatives in 2014

December 26, 2013, 20:11 updated at: December 26, 2013, 20:35 UTC+3 MOSCOW
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MOSCOW, December 26. /ITAR-TASS/. Russia is preparing a large-scale international meeting of top-ranking representatives from security services, which is to be held in Kazan, the Republic of Tatarstan, in 2014, Secretary of the Russian Security Council Nikolai Patrushev said in an interview with the Rossiiskaya Gazeta newspaper to be published on Friday.

“The fifth regular meeting of high representatives is planned to be held in Kazan in 2014,” he said. “We are getting prepared for this meeting.”

Such meetings, in his words, have already proved their efficiency. “The previous such forum was held not long ago in Vladivostok in the Russian Far East. It drew delegations from 60 world countries. Notably, we had bilateral consultations with more than a half of them,” Patrushev noted.

He said that along with traditional security threats Russia was facing new challenges and strategic risks. “They are international terrorism in various manifestations, growing extremist activities on grounds of interethnic and inter-religious hatred, illegal migration, cyber terrorism, piracy,” he said. “The situation is the area of ensuring energy and food security is getting more strained, Russia’s strategic risks in the Arctic are augmenting.” Other pressing problems, in his words, are environmental security and counteracting international shadow financial structures.

“These challenges and threats are international,” Patrushev stressed. “To deal with them, it is necessary to strengthen the central role of the United Nations Organization in the modern system of international relations. It is necessary to employ international approach and to secure the principle of the supremacy of law in responding to the present-day challenges and threats.”

Russia’s key goal, in his words, is to create favourable external conditions to achieve its domestic tasks. “These tasks include ensuring sustainable development of our country, preserving its territorial integrity and sovereignty,” he noted. According to Patrushev, the Russian Security Council is focusing primary attention on the analysis of crisis situations in Iran, North Korea, in the Middle East, Syria, Libya, Iraq and in the Afghan-Pakistan instability zone.

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