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Putin points to attempts by Islamic State, other terrorist groups to enter CIS countries

According to the Russian leader, the threat from ISIL, Al-Qaeda (outlawed in Russia) and other terrorist groups is not decreasing

MOSCOW, October 26. /TASS/. The Islamic State terror group (IS, outlawed in Russia) and other terrorist organizations keep trying to infiltrate Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) countries, Russian President Vladimir Putin said at a meeting with heads of the delegations to the 51st meeting of the Council of Heads of Security and Special Services of CIS member states on Wednesday.

"When speaking about threats facing the Commonwealth, I would like to point out that the threat from ISIL, Al-Qaeda (outlawed in Russia) and other terrorist groups is not decreasing. They keep trying to infiltrate CIS countries, establishing clandestine cells, while the concentration of militant groups in Afghanistan, especailly at the border with Central Asian states, certainly creates a potential risk of an invasion in the region," the Russian leader noted.

According to Putin, it’s clear that neither the Commonwealth in general nor its members in particular have ever faced such comprehensive threats. "Our common goal is to protect our people from them, strengthen stability and peace within the CIS space and continue to develop the mutually beneficial integration processes that became an example of true partnership in the past decades," he emphasized.

The Russian president believes that in order to achieve these goals, it’s important to mobilize all forces and means "and certainly, fully use the accumulated experience and ties, which, as we have seen many times, significantly increase the capacity and effectiveness of every agency," he concluded.