State Duma backs resumption of cooperation between Russian, British special services

The decision to resume cooperation between the Russian Federal Security Service and the British intelligence is the right decision, Nikolai Kovalyov, a member of the State Duma committee on security and corruption prevention and former director of the Federal Security Service, said.

The decision to resume cooperation between the Russian Federal Security Service and the British intelligence is the right decision, Nikolai Kovalyov, a member of the State Duma committee on security and corruption prevention and former director of the Federal Security Service, said.

"I approve of the decision made by the British authorities. It's a political decision, it was made not only by the special services, but also by politicians in charge. They understand that we need to work together in the sphere of counterterrorism and drug trafficking," Kovalyov told reporters on Friday.

"In my view, the British have done absolutely the right thing. They want to work together, and it's a normal reaction of people who are concerned about the development of the situation with security, including at the Olympics," he said.

"It's a common concern of all special services of the world. It's care for the athletes and the security of this forum in general," Kovalyov said.

Responding to a question as to whether the investigation into the "Litvinenko case" will affect the cooperation between the Russian and British special services in the future, Kovalyov said: "If we keep complaining about each other, we will never get anywhere. We don't have a choice here."

"We are destined to peaceful cooperation and co-existence," the parliamentarian said.

According to earlier reports, the British Mi-6 intelligence has resumed cooperation with the Federal Security Service.

On Friday, the Federal Security Service confirmed the resumption of cooperation with the British special services on ensuring the security of the Sochi Olympics.

"Cooperation was suspended, but not on our initiative. It has now been resumed, specifically, on issues relating to exchange of information on ensuring security during the preparations for and organization of the Winter Olympics in Sochi," the Federal Security Service told Interfax.

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