India and Russia decided to assist each other in combating terrorism as they signed a key agreement, asserting that there are no good or bad terrorists and the menace should be fought jointly.
The agreement will be helpful in tacking all forms of terrorism. After having a long talk, it was signed by Home Minister Rajnath Singh and Russia’s Interior Minister Vladimir Kolokoltsev.
According to a statement issued by the Indian embassy, the ministers highlighted that cooperation in security is important to further strengthen cooperation to combat terrorism, radicalism and extremism. They further said that there are no good or bad terrorists and terrorism must be fought unitedly. The two leaders have agreed to cooperate in combating new challenges, build a database, and train police and investigative agencies.
After signing the pact, Singh tweeted, “The new agreement between India’s MHA and Russia’s interior ministry will replace the October 1993 agreement between both the countries. This agreement will help in expanding and deepening cooperation on issues related to internal security.”
A joint action plan was also signed by Indian and Russian representatives for countering the threat posed by narcotics. This agreement will provide a legal framework for bilateral cooperation in this field.
In the presence of Singh and Kolokoltsev, the pact was signed by Pankaj Saran, Indian ambassador to Russia and Igor Zubov, deputy minister for internal affairs of the Russian Federation.
The agreement on internal security is a more comprehensive one on cooperation on security between the MHA and the Russian ministry of interior.
This pact provides a comprehensive approach to counter security-related issues like counterfeit currency, information technology crimes, illicit trafficking in narcotic drugs and psychotropic substances, economic crimes, trafficking in human beings, crimes related to intellectual property, cultural property etc.