FSB director calls on world's special services to increase coordination to withstand terrorism

Russian Federal Security Service Director Alexander Bortnikov has called on the special services of foreign countries to work together on preventing the internationalization of terrorism.

Russian Federal Security Service Director Alexander Bortnikov has called on the special services of foreign countries to work together on preventing the internationalization of terrorism.

"The terrorist attacks that have recently occurred in different regions of the world clearly demonstrated that no country is immune from such criminal manifestations and the special services and security and law enforcement agencies need to work on increasing their level of coordination and interaction to successfully resist terrorists' aggressive plans," he said at the 12th meeting of the heads of the foreign special services, which opened in Kazan on Wednesday.

Ninety-six delegations from 63 countries and representatives of international organizations have arrived in Kazan to take part in the meeting. Bortnikov reiterated that the issue of internationalization of terrorism is now being especially vital.

"International terrorist organizations, primarily al Qaeda, and structures affiliated with it are trying to use the tension in the socio-political situation in some regions of the world to resolve their strategic tasks," Bortnikov said. "Besides al Qaeda, international terrorist organizations that are active in Afghanistan and Pakistan, the movement Taliban, Islamic Jihad - Jamaat Mojahedeen, and the Islamic Party of Turkestan pose a serious threat."

Bortnikov also said the escalation of terrorist activities in Northern Africa and the Middle and Near East, which has reached a level where they threaten the integrity of some countries and may spread far beyond the limits of the said regions, deserves special attention from the special services.

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