Why is the India-Russia counter-terrorism cooperation important?
Terrorism has been a global threat for several decades and has caused significant damage to both human lives and property. India and Russia, both being large countries with diverse populations, have faced their share of terrorism-related challenges. Therefore, it is in the interest of both countries to work together and strengthen their counter-terrorism cooperation.
The India-Russia joint working group on counter-terrorism was established in 2002 to enhance mutual understanding and cooperation between the two countries on counter-terrorism issues. Since then, the group has been meeting regularly to discuss and exchange information on terrorist activities, share best practices and strategies, and coordinate actions to prevent and combat terrorism.
What was discussed in the 12th meeting of the India-Russia joint working group on counter-terrorism?
The 12th meeting of the India-Russia joint working group on counter-terrorism took place in Moscow on May 3 and May 4, 2023. The meeting was led by Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Oleg Syromolotov and Indian Secretary (West) Ministry of External Affairs, Sanjay Verma.
During the meeting, the two sides discussed their national experience in the fight against terrorism and extremism. They also exchanged assessments of essential terrorist threats at the global and regional levels and reaffirmed their commitment to strengthening counter-terrorism cooperation in bilateral as well as multilateral platforms.
Why is the India-Russia counter-terrorism cooperation significant in the current geopolitical context?
The geopolitical context of the world has undergone significant changes in the last few years. The emergence of new threats such as cyber-terrorism, hybrid warfare, and the use of non-state actors to carry out terrorist activities has made it imperative for countries to work together and share intelligence and best practices to combat terrorism effectively.
In this context, the India-Russia counter-terrorism cooperation assumes greater significance. Both countries have a long-standing strategic partnership and share a similar approach to counter-terrorism. The cooperation between the two countries can serve as a model for other countries to follow and can contribute to greater international cooperation in the fight against terrorism.
The India-Russia joint working group on counter-terrorism has been an important platform for both countries to enhance their mutual understanding and cooperation on counter-terrorism issues. The 12th meeting of the group, held in Moscow in May 2023, reaffirmed the commitment of both countries to strengthen their counter-terrorism cooperation in bilateral as well as multilateral platforms. This cooperation assumes greater significance in the current geopolitical context, where the threat of terrorism has become more complex and sophisticated. The cooperation between India and Russia can serve as a model for other countries to follow and can contribute to greater international cooperation in the fight against terrorism.
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