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Russia ready to set up broad anti-terrorist front on equal basis — Security Council chief

The 7th international meeting of high representatives in charge of security issues has kicked off in Russia's Chechnya
Nikolay Patrushev Mikhail Japaridze/TASS
Nikolay Patrushev
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GROZNY, May 24. /TASS/. Moscow is prepared to establish a broad anti-terrorist front on the basis of equality and non-interference in domestic affairs of other countries, Russian Security Council Secretary Nikolay Patrushev said on Tuesday.

"We are convinced that the creation of a broad anti-terrorist front on the basis of norms and principles of the international law and the central coordinating role of the United Nations meets the interests of all participants of our meeting," Patrushev said opening the meeting in Chechnya’s Grozny of high representatives overseeing securing issues.

"For its part, Russia is ready for such a joint work on the basis of equal cooperation with the respect for sovereignty and territorial integrity of states and compliance with the principle of non-interference in their internal affairs," he said.

Patrushev noted that in modern time the experience of fight against terrorism and extremism in the North Caucasus republic of Chechnya that hosts the meeting is in high demand.

"The Chechen people are an integral part of a multi-ethnic Russia and could use the opened possibilities in a right way and educate new generations of citizens on the positions of absolute non-acceptance of extremist ideology hostile to the whole sound international community," he said.

Putin's address

Russian Vladimir Putin in an address to participants of the 7th international meeting of high representatives in charge of security issues pointed out that Russia is ready for close international cooperation in the fight against terrorism.

"The Russian side is ready for closest international cooperation in all spheres - both on bilateral basis and in different international formats," runs the address read out by Nikolay Patrushev.

Putin noted that participants in the meeting will have to discuss such pressing international issues as fight against terrorism and violent extremism, transnational crime and illegal migration, countering illegal drug trafficking and ensuring informational security.

The Russian leader stressed that interest toward such meetings grows every year. This year, the meeting brought together representatives of 75 countries and the UN delegation, which "serves as decisive evidence of the serious intention to strengthen partnership in countering global threats and challenges, in developing coordinated approaches in the sphere of international and regional security."

Data exchange on militants returning from hotspots insufficient

According to Patrushev, the information exchange between the countries on militants returning from conflict zones is insufficient.

"We should not underestimate threats from militants returning from conflict zones," Patrushev said at an international security conference in Grozny. "The operative data exchange between the countries is still insufficient. Law enforcement agencies need effective control of rapidly changing threats in the migration sphere."

He also said the countries should display political will and unite diplomatic resources to prevent the migration crisis.

Patrushev said organized crime groups are using cyberspace for recruiting terrorists and extremism propaganda.

He added that the Internet is being used to destabilize countries, interfere with their domestic affairs and undermine national sovereignty. He said these threats have no borders and require common effective measures.