POSTED: June 19th 2013

US and Russia to cooperate in countering terrorism for Sochi 2014 Olympics

(L to R) US President Barack Obama and Russian President Vladimir Putin at the G8 summit in Ireland / Russian Government
(L to R) US President Barack Obama and Russian President Vladimir Putin at the G8 summit in Ireland / Russian Government

CHAD WISE / Sports Features Communications

(SFC) President of the United States Barack Obama and Russian Federation President Vladimir Putin released a joint statement regarding the cooperation of the two countries to counter terrorism, following the recent explosions in Boston 15 April and the explosion of the terrorist suicide bomber in Makhachkala 25 May. The United States intends to help Russia in regards to security at the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympic Games.

“Terrorists do not acknowledge borders and seek to impose their extremist ideology of violence everywhere,” the statement read. “We note with concern the cases in which terrorist groups have coalesced with transborder organised crime, in particular in the area of illegal traffic in drugs and arms.

“The terrorist threat calls for a concerted, comprehensive response that presupposes law enforcement measures for the protection of our citizens, as well as the implementation of a long-term strategy aimed at denying terrorists any social or material support, and working with societies to prevent the spread of the terrorist ideology.

“To that end, the United State and Russia intend to strengthen our counterterrorism cooperation on the basis of mutual trust, including the exchange of pertinent operational information between intelligence services and the conduct of coordinated operations.

“We intend to continue to contribute to international endeavours to counter terrorism within the framework of the United Nations, Orgnisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe, Financial Action Task Force on Money Laundering, Global Counterterrorism Forum, Russia-NATO Council, Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation and Group of Eight. By way of example, the United States and Russia are engaged in active joint work in the Counter-Terrorism Committee of the UN Security Council, as well as the Al-Qaida Sanctions Committee and the Taliban Sanctions Committee. Together, we work in the G-8 on implementing the initiative for countering improvised explosive devices; in the GCTF, on strengthening the institutions of criminal justice and on the objective of countering violent extremism; and in APC, on enhancing the security and stability of critical infrastructure. Our countries are cooperating closely as founders and co-chairs of the Global Initiative to Counter Nuclear Terrorism, which already counts 85 participant states.

“The joint efforts of the United States and Russia, including in the context of the Counterterrorism Working Group of the Bilateral Presidential Commission, are focused on preventing weapons of mass destruction from falling into the hands of terrorists, and halting the funding of terrorist activities, the recruitment and training of those who commit terrorist acts, and the actions of lone terrorists.

“Another cause of serious concern is the terrorists’ use of contemporary information and communication technologies for staying in touch, collecting information, spreading their ideology, attracting new adherents and financial resources, planning, organising, and carrying out terrorist acts. With due respect for the freedom to express opinions, as provided for in international law, we intend to use all legal means to counter the abuse of the Internet for terrorist or other criminal purposes.

“The United States and Russia intend to continue to develop their counterterrorism partnership with the business community, including in the field of protecting the tourist sector. Providing security for major sporting and public events, including the Winter Olympic Games in Sochi, is to be an important area of interaction.

“We reiterate our firm resolve to join in countering terrorism in accordance with national laws and the fundamental principles of international law, including respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms.”

Keywords · Barack Obama · Vladimir Putin · G8 · Sochi 2014

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