The Russian-British Working Group Session on Terrorism
On March, 13, the 6th session of the Russian-British Working Group on Fighting Terrorism was held in London. This group was created in December 2001 by the decision of Russia and Great Britain leaders.
The Russian Delegation was headed by A.Safonov – a special Presidential Representative for International Cooperation in the Fight against Terrorism and Transnational Organized Crime. The head of the British delegation is Edward Oakden, Director of Defense, Strategic Threats and Counterterrorism, Foreign & Commonwealth Office.
The meeting participants on their plenary session and three thematic groups have discussed a wide range of the international antiterrorist cooperation issues within the key multilateral formats – UN, Council of Europe, OSCE, as well as within the format of Russian relationship with the European Union and NATO.
The special attention was paid to the promotion of antiterrorism issues within the G8 summit agenda, taking into account the tasks and initiatives of the Russian presidency in the Group of Eight. The British part has confirmed its support to the Russian activities within the framework of its presidency.
The participants have also paid a special attention to the matters of instigation to terrorism, counteraction to the terrorist ideology and the issues of intercivilizational and intercultural dialogue. Particularly, they discussed the issues of spiritual radicalization, especially within the Islamic communities.
Next meeting of the bilateral Working group will be held in Moscow at the second half of 2006.