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Kyrgyz president warns IS ideology spreading into Central Asia

Kyrgyz President Sooronbai Zheenbekov called for "efficient cooperation" to counter the threat

NOVO-OGARYOVO, December 26. /TASS/. Kyrgyzstan’s President Sooronbai Jeenbekov has warned about the mounting threat of the proliferation of the Islamic State’s (a terrorist organization outlawed in Russia) ideology in Central Asian countries.

"The ideology of Islamic State and other such radical groups is increasingly spreading in Central Asia, through active propaganda and the recruitment of our states’ citizens. I think it will be impossible to ensure collective security, reliable state border protection, and withstand present-day challenges and threats without efficient cooperation between the countries of the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) and the Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO) in the sphere of border security," he said at an informal meeting of the CIS leaders.