Russian Interior Minister Boris Gryzlov has identified the struggle against transnational organized crime groups, mainly those related to terrorism and extremism, as the top priority task facing Russia.
Speaking at the opening of the 24th Moscow-based International Conference of Chiefs of Police Departments from European Countries on Tuesday, Gryzlov stated that Russia's effort to combat extremist fanatical groups, which he said were "the most dangerous of all," still fell short of the European level. At the same time, according to Gryzlov, "Russia is by now experienced in combating international terrorism and willing to impart its knowledge to European countries." The fact that new democratic states have appeared on the map of Europe has laid down the basis for a single security field, believes the interior minister. In 1992, Russia joined the Interpol, and now, a decade later, Moscow hosts a conference of police chiefs from the capitals of 32 European countries, he said.
"This fact proves that we want to be closer to each other, that we want to search for new ways of combating crime together," stressed the minister.
Russia's Ambassador to Belarus, Mikhail Babich, said that Moscow would treat any military intervention in the affairs of Belarus as an attack on Russia