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Russian minister urges preemptive moves to fight threats to new economic union

September 15, 2014, 18:05 UTC+3 BREST
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BREST, September 15. /ITAR-TASS/. The Russian interior minister said on Monday measures should be worked out in advance to fight new threats and challenges that might face the Eurasian Economic Union that comes into effect on January 1, 2015.

Addressing a session of the joint board of the Russian and Belarusian interior ministries, Vladimir Kolokoltsev said that with the signing of the treaty, a free flow of goods, services, capital and workforce will be introduced in Russia, Kazakhstan and Belarus.

“This is a powerful impetus for a further strengthening of our relations, but it is necessary to note that the law enforcement sector will face additional tasks,” Kolokoltsev said.

“Population will become more mobile, and preconditions will appear for more sophisticated criminal schemes,” he explained.

“That is why we must already now join efforts and work out measures to efficiently fight new challenges and threats,” he said.

Russia and Belarus will make their anti-crime efforts more effective under a new inter-state agreement concluded in Brest, a town on the Belarusian-Polish border, on Monday.

Russian Interior Minister Vladimir Kolokoltsev and his Belarusian counterpart Igor Shushkevich signed the document ahead of a meeting of the Unified Board of Interior Ministries of the Union State of Russia and Belarus in Brest.

In his opening remarks, Kolokoltsev said the agreement on raising the efficiency of joint struggle against crime was another vital step towards creation of a solid inter-state legal basis to protect people in both countries from criminal encroachments.

“We have accumulated great experience of joint work at all levels from head offices to district departments, Kolokolstev said, adding the two countries carried out regular preventive and special operations and guarded security on long-distance trains circulating between the two states.

He added that policemen in the two countries worked together to clear up most serious and particularly grave crimes; thwart unlawful activities of organized crime groups specializing in car theft, share information and positive experience accumulated in the field of protection of public order.

“We have brought cooperation in defense, security, anti-terror activities and anti-crime efforts to a qualitatively new level,” Kolokoltsev said.

Law enforcers in Russia and Belarus have carried out a joint inter-state search operation in the territories of the two countries.

“The operation was carried out in three stages. As a result, Russian police detained 128 people wanted by the Belarusian Interior Ministry while our Belarusian colleagues identified 61 people wanted by the Russian Interior Ministry,” explained.

His Belarusian counterpart, Igor Shushkevich, said in turn that the new inter-state agreement had expanded the legal framework for further anti-crime cooperation.

“We are going to set the order of direct cooperation between our territorial units without interference by central offices,” Shushkevich said. That, he believes, will make struggle against crime more efficient and strengthen law and order in both countries.

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