MOSCOW, 7 July (BelTA) - In the face of unprecedented pressure from the West, the special services of Belarus and Russia should seek an even more coordinated and prompt approach to protecting the national interests of the two countries, the KGB of Belarus and the Foreign Intelligence Service (SVR) of Russia said at a joint meeting in Moscow on 7 July, the SVR press bureau told BelTA following the event.
"The parties share an opinion that in the context of the unprecedented doubling down on the efforts by the United States and its allies to undermine the positions of Moscow and Minsk in the light of the further aggravation of the Ukrainian crisis, bilateral cooperation requires an even more coordinated and operational approach to defending and protecting the national interests of Belarus and Russia," the SVR press bureau said. "It is important to timely reveal the plans of unfriendly Western countries to inflict political, economic and military damage on the Union State and effectively counter such plans."
The participants of the meeting expressed confidence that in the current difficult geopolitical realities, the KGB of Belarus and the SVR of Russia will be able to put up a reliable barrier to emerging threats.
According to the press bureau, the meeting reviewed bilateral cooperation in the main areas of intelligence activities and discussed the tasks and prospects for joint work. Negotiations were held between KGB head Ivan Tertel and SVR Director Sergey Naryshkin.
"The participants of the meeting stressed the mutually beneficial and trusting nature of cooperation between the two agencies, which is an important, integral and promising component of the measures to protect the national interests of Belarus and Russia," the press bureau noted. "Joint activities help achieve positive results, ensure the security of the two states."
Following the event the decisions were made to develop and strengthen bilateral cooperation, the SVR press bureau informed.