Counter-Terrorism: March 15, 2005


Russian secret service operatives will undergo training at a FBI training facility on US territory; as another form of cooperation between Russian and American security services. Special agents of Federal Security Service (FSB) participate in operations and investigations with FBI. At a recent meeting in the Russian city Novosibirsk, top officials of secret services discussed current terrorism issues and called for greater cooperation among intelligence agencies. The conference was attended by 75 delegations from 50 countries, including highest officials from North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO), European Union (EU), Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Shanghai Cooperation Organization, as well as officials from the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) and the FBI. The Israeli secret intelligence service MOSSAD was also present. Russian FSB calls for creating a common terrorist database which would contain list of terrorist organizations and personalities, as well as the channels of financing for terrorist activities. Also highlighted as the importance of sharing Intel on terrorist activities. According to the majority of conference participants, terrorism is widely spread today and is a stable contemporary factor. It was noted the success of efforts by intelligence services at the Olympics 2004 in Greece and plans for similar efforts  during Winter Olympics in Italy and the ASEAN forum in South Korea in autumn 2005, as well.


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