On July 9, Head of the Foreign Intelligence Service of the Russian Federation Sergei Naryshkin has paid a working visit to Brest. He went there at the invitation of Belarusian KGB Chairman Valery Vakulchyk.
The news was published on the Russian FIS website. It is not known why Vakulchyk and Naryshkin met in Brest.
“The leaders discussed the results and prospects of cooperation between the two special services in the sphere of national interests of the Russian Federation and the Republic of Belarus. It is important to consolidate efforts aimed at strengthening the potential of Moscow and Minsk in countering global challenges and threats to the security of the Union State,” reads the press release of the Russian intelligence service.
It is reported that one of the priority topics of the meeting was “countering international terrorism, religious and political extremism, the spread of the influence of radical organizations. Heads of special services confirmed their readiness to “further deepening of cooperation”.
“I must say that our special services, being engaged in such a delicate area of state activity as intelligence, are very trustworthy and actively cooperating in a number of areas. First of all, of course, this is our cooperation in the fight against international terrorism. We actively exchange operational, analytical and signal information, as well as identify terrorist financing channels. I must say that such an exchange is very active. Of course, we have devoted part of our time to such a problem as attempts by a group of Western countries and special services of Western countries to interfere in the internal affairs of our countries in a rather aggressive manner. This is absolutely unacceptable for us, so we, defending the sovereignty and democratic freedoms of our states, our citizens, of course, build a special defense,” Naryshkin said during the visit, sb.by wrote.
The head of the Russian Foreign Intelligence Service also outlined the current challenges:
“A group of Western countries, first of all the United States, cannot accept the formation of a new fair world order, other than the one that was built by the United States in the 1990s with such an aggressive hegemony of one state. Our Western, so to speak, partners are very concerned about the fact of formation of new power centers, one of which is the Eurasian Economic Union, where our two states – Russia and Belarus – play a very important and largely determining role. They are concerned about the progress in the functioning of the Union State of Russia and Belarus. This is a challenge that we have to respond to, and we are responding to it: on our own, by our own means,” he said.