Belarus Says Actively Working With Russia on Counter-Terrorism

MINSK. July 24 (Interfax) - The special services of Belarus and Russia are working on a plan of action to combat terrorism on the territory of the Union of Russia and Belarus, said Vladimir Tvarovsky, deputy head of the legal support and international relations department of the Belarusian State Security Committee.

"The special services of both countries have developed a set of measures to maintain security in the Union state and are working on a plan to combat terrorism in the Union state," Tvarovsky told a press conference in Minsk on Thursday.

Cooperation with their Russian colleagues on security in the Union state is a priority for the Belarusian special services, said Tvarovsky. According to his information, the Belarusian State Security Committee and the Russian special services signed forty protocols on cooperation over the past 15 years.

The Belarusian special services also signed cooperation agreements with Ukraine, Kazakhstan, and Moldova, as well as bilateral agreements with the special services of Tajikistan, Azerbaijan, and Armenia, said Tvarovsky.

In all, the Belarusian State Security Committee "maintains relations with thirty special services from twenty countries of the world," he said.

At the same time, Tvarovsky said that "there are no friendly special services or friendly intelligence services, but special services have mutual understanding and actively work together in the fight against terrorism and extremism."