Communique of the XVIII-th Meeting of Heads of Special Services, Security Agencies and Law-Enforcement Organizations
On 16-17 October 2019, in the city of Sochi, Russian Federation, participants of the XVIII-th Meeting of Heads of Special Services, Security Agencies and Law-Enforcement Organizations emphasizing the central coordinating role of the UN in building an effective system of responding to global challenges and threats, guided by the generally recognized principles of international law as enshrined in the Charter of the United Nations, Participants of the Meeting highlight the necessity of establishing a system of measures to counter and prevent terrorism, as well as to eliminate and mitigate consequences thereof, reaffirm the security intelligence community adherence to the implementation of the UN Global Counter-Terrorism and the Security Council counter-terrorism resolutions,
Taking into account the threats emanating from:
- the increased geographical presence of international terrorist groups and the growing trend towards ISIL’s fusion with Al-Qaida-affiliated groups,
- the nexus between terrorism and transnational organized crime,
- foreign terrorist fighters (FTFs) as a key instrument of international terrorist groups expansion,
- terrorists’ desire to perpetrate sophisticated terrorist acts and use tailor-made software against critical infrastructure so as to provoke man-made and environmental disasters,
- information and communications technologies and advanced encryption methods actively used for terrorist purposes,
Participants of the Meeting decided to:
- Issue a joint statement in support of UN Security Council resolutions 2462 (2019) and 2482 (2019) in order to enhance partner interaction and improve the efficiency of measures to counter terrorist financing and prompt response to the threats emanating from the nexus between terrorism and transnational organized crime.
- Accelerate the sharing of FTF-related information, including via the resources of the International Counterterrorism Database.
- Enhance cooperation in matters of combating the production and use of new types of weapons, equipment and AI-based technologies by international terrorist groups.
- Improve the measures designed to counter the spread of terrorist ideology in order to build up social resilience to terrorist propaganda, to protect the national information space against the terrorist ideology.
- Initiate cooperation with a view to elaborating global legal mechanisms to uncover any unlawful activity in the information space in accordance with generally recognized principles of international law.
- Contribute to creation of international legal instruments designed to reduce anonymity in the global information space.
- Facilitate the creation of the mechanisms which prevent or significantly reduce the use of information and communications technologies for terrorist and criminal purposes.
- Continue the use of the Meeting-derived information sharing mechanism by security intelligence and law enforcement agencies in respect of real and potential threats to major international socio-political and sporting events.
- Hold the XIX-th Meeting of Heads of Special Services, Security Agencies and Law-Enforcement Organizations in 2020, in the Russian Federation.
Joint statement by Participants of the XVIII-th Meeting of Heads of Special Services, Security Agencies and Law-Enforcement Organizations
Press release on the International Conference on Countering Illicit Arms Trafficking in the Context of Fighting International Terrorism
The conference on Countering Illicit Arms Trafficking in the Context of Fighting International Terrorism, chaired by Deputy Foreign Minister Oleg Syromolotov, was held at the Moscow International Trade Centre on September 5-6.
The forum was designed to impart “individual value” to the problem of curbing the supply of weapons to terrorists, and it made possible to focus particularly on the continuous flow of weapons and ammunition to militants.
The conference was attended by representatives of 37 states and 9 international organisations. Senior officials representing Russian ministries and departments, as well as specialised institutions of the UN, the CIS, the CSTO, the Council of Europe and the SCO, delivered substantive theme-specific reports at the plenary session.
Experts, political scientists, public figures and religious officials shared their competent opinions during three thematic sessions devoted to pressing issues such as consolidating international cooperation in order to prevent weapons from falling into the hands of terrorists, law enforcement aspects of international counter-terrorist activities, export control and the non-proliferation of weapons of mass destruction.
The participants focused on the need for honest international cooperation in order to eradicate “double standards” applied to terrorist groups, the importance of improving the legal regulatory framework in part related to combating money laundering and terrorism financing, as well as the suppression of illicit trafficking in small arms and light weapons.
The participants visited the Patriot military history park, where they saw numerous examples of military equipment and weapons seized by the Russian Armed Forces from terrorists in Syria.
Comment by the Information and Press Department on the 15th anniversary of the Beslan school attack
On September 3, Russia marks the Day of Solidarity in the Fight Against Terrorism. People around the country commemorate the victims of terrorist attacks, including law enforcement officers who died during counterterrorist operations and on duty.
This commemorative date was established following the tragic events that occurred in September 2004, when 334 people, mostly children, died in a terrorist attack on a school in Beslan.
It is important to remember that terrorism is an unjustifiable crime, no matter when, for what reason, and who perpetrates the attack. Day after day, terrorists and their accomplices continue to cynically violate one of the fundamental human rights: the right to life. Anyone can become a victim of terrorism, regardless of citizenship, ethnicity, or religion.
We firmly believe that international counterterrorism cooperation should be organised strictly on the basis of international law, primarily the UN Charter, without political bias, double standards or hidden agendas. In particular, it is unacceptable to divide terrorists into “bad” and “not so bad” groups, justifying the latter as supposedly being freedom fighters.
We can defeat this evil only together, acting as a single united anti-terrorist front.