About 200 militants from Russia fighting in Syria - FSB director

About 200 militants from Russia are engaged in the fighting in Syria, Russian Federal Security Service Director Alexander Bortnikov said.

About 200 militants from Russia are engaged in the fighting in Syria, Russian Federal Security Service Director Alexander Bortnikov said.

"Russia is concerned about the engagement of about 200 militants in that fight on the side of the Caucasus Emirate under the flag of Al Qaeda and other affiliated structures," he said on Thursday after an international conference of chiefs of security services and law enforcement bodies - partners of the Federal Security Service held in Kazan.

He said the meeting discussed intensified terrorist operations in North Africa, primarily Syria.

"We agreed that it was a very serious threat to all states, not only to Russia and CIS countries, but also to countries in Europe and on the American continent," Bortnikov said.

"Militants are intensifying their operations and going there [to Syria]," he said.

Bortnikov said his opinion was shared by partners, who said that from several dozens to several hundreds of militants were fighting on the side of international terrorist organizations in the Syrian conflict.

"The danger is that these terrorists will eventually return to their home countries," the FSB director stressed.

"What shall we do and how can we thwart the plans and intentions of those who have been trained and learned how to fight? How can we keep them off our territories? This problem was heatedly debated at the meeting," he said.

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