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Greetings to participants of meeting of heads of special services, security agencies and law-enforcement organisations

November 7, 2018

Vladimir Putin sent greetings to the participants of the 17th meeting of heads of special services, security agencies, and law-enforcement organisations.

The message reads, in part:

“Your traditional forum is aimed at uniting the international community in countering terrorism with the coordinating role of the UN, on the basis of generally accepted principles and norms of international law.

We can see that international terrorist groups are trying to press forward, including in the global information space. In this situation, there are heightened requirements for the work of special services and law enforcement agencies, and a growing need to consolidate their efforts in addressing emerging security challenges and threats.

Among your priorities is the creation of an effective system of physical, informational and ideological suppression of terrorist groups, neutralising their leaders and the most dangerous members, including the cross-border movement of the so-called terrorist hitmen.

It is important to steadily increase the efficiency of information exchange, and to develop effective mechanisms for thwarting the sources and supply channels of terrorist networks.

To meet such serious goals, it is necessary to strengthen trust between states, to increase the dependability of their actions and transparency of intentions. This will significantly enhance the potential of international anti-terrorism cooperation and prevent the risks of misunderstanding in various countries’ work in this area – for example, when using modern telecommunications technologies.

I am confident that this meeting and the discussions held there will help the participants to exchange views and experience on a wide range of professional issues, to discuss the results of joint work to ensure security at major international events, primarily the recent 2018 FIFA World Cup, and to propose new approaches to the further development and enhancement of the partnership between our countries’ counterterrorism agencies. ”

November 7, 2018