Moscow, Hanoi to increase security cooperation

Russia’s Security Council Secretary Nikolai Patrushev  at the Pentagon May 21, 2013.

Russia’s Security Council Secretary Nikolai Patrushev at the Pentagon May 21, 2013.

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Russia and Vietnam look to tackle cyber crime, drug smuggling and terrorism.

Russia and Vietnam will intensify defense and security cooperation, the Russian Security Council said in a statement that was released after high-level talks in Hanoi on March 15.

The talks were held between Russia’s Security Council Secretary Nikolai Patrushev and Vietnam’s Minister of Public Security Tran Dai Quang.

The sides agreed to step up cooperation between Russian and Vietnamese law enforcement bodies and intelligence services to tackle cyber crime, drug smuggling and terrorism.

Patrushev and Quang agreed on the need to expand cooperation between Russia and the Southeast Asian Association of National Police (ASEANPOL) to combat money laundering. Russia is a dialogue partner of ASEANPOL.

Patrushev also met Vietnamese Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh and Defense Minister Phung Quang Thanh.

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