ST. PETERSBURG, 26 December (BelTA) - If CIS countries face any issues, they seek to resolve them by joint efforts, together, providing each other with comradely assistance and mediation, Russian President Vladimir Putin said at the CIS informal summit in St. Petersburg on 26 December, BelTA has learned.
Strengthening of security and stability in the Eurasian region is one of the key areas of cooperation in the CIS, the Russian president said. "Unfortunately, the challenges and threats in this area, primarily from the outside, are only growing every year. Unfortunately, we have to admit that disagreements also arise between the member states of the CIS. The main thing, however, is that we are committed to cooperation. If CIS countries face any issues, they seek to resolve them by joint efforts, together, providing each other with comradely assistance and mediation," the Russian leader said.
It is in this vein that the CIS countries cooperate on the fight against terrorism and extremism, cross-border crime, drug trafficking and corruption. This year, close operational contacts are still maintained between the national security agencies and special services, other structures responsible for ensuring law and order and internal stability.