MINSK, 22 October (BelTA) – Special services can do a lot more to defend the interests of Belarus and Russia and to protect them from threats, Director of Russia's Foreign Intelligence Service Sergey Naryshkin said as he met with Belarus President Aleksandr Lukashenko on 22 October, BelTA has learned.
At the beginning of the meeting, the director of Russia's Foreign Intelligence Service thanked the Belarusian head of state for receiving him and conveyed greetings from Russian President Vladimir Putin. “Thank you for your warm welcome, for the opportunity to meet and talk on a wide range of issues related to the cooperation between the two allied nations,” he said in response to Aleksandr Lukashenko's greetings. “First of all, I would like to convey greetings from Vladimir Putin. I spoke with him before our meeting with you, he sent his best regards.
Sergey Naryshkin also thanked his Belarusian counterparts for arranging the meeting of the collegium of the two special services in Minsk. “I thank our counterparts for today's meeting, for another joint meeting of the collegiums of our special services. They are taking place in a challenging time,” he said.
Sergey Naryshkin noted that he shares Aleksandr Lukashenko's assessment of the situation around the Union State. “I absolutely agree with the assessment of the tensions in the world in general and around our countries in particular. I am sure that the special services can do a lot more to defend the interests of our states and people and to protect them from threats that emerge every now and then,” Sergey Naryshkin said.