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Putin seeks to pave new ways for global cooperation in war on terror

The Russian president warned that the Islamic State terror group is still clinging to its remaining potential

MOSCOW, April 4. /TASS/. The Islamic State terror group (outlawed in Russia) retains its potential, so there is a need to work out new ways of global cooperation to reinforce the successes achieved in the fight against terrorism, Russian President Vladimir Putin said in a welcome address to the participants and guests of the Seventh Moscow Conference on Global Security, which was read out by Russian Security Council Secretary Nikolai Patrushev.

"In spite of its defeat, this terror group clearly still has significant destructive potential and an ability to promptly change its tactics and carry out attacks in various parts of the world," Putin said, adding that "other extremist groups also pose a great danger." "Under these circumstances, we all should consider new ways of multilateral cooperation, which would make it possible to reinforce the successes achieved in the war on terror and prevent this threat from spreading further," the Russian leader pointed out.

Putin stressed that the Moscow Security Conference rightfully enjoyed high authority on the international stage. He also noted that the 2018 event involved representatives from nearly 100 countries, including defense ministers, general staff chiefs, prominent researchers and experts, as well as high-ranking officials from the United Nations and other international organizations. Putin was confident that discussions would prove substantive and fruitful, allowing the conference’s participants to exchange experience and analytical insights, and making a considerable contribution to collective efforts aimed at ensuring global security and stability.