Shri Rajnath Singh, Home Minister of India is visiting Russia on 26-29 November, 2017. He met Mr. Vladimir Kolokoltsev, Minister for Internal Affairs of the Russian Federation, during which the Ministers emphasized the strength of the relationship between India and Russia that has been consolidated in the past 70 years in all areas. The Ministers underlined that cooperation in the field of security is an important aspect of this bilateral relationship. They also agreed to cooperate in combating new challenges, enhance exchange of information, work together for building a data base, cooperate in training of police and investigative agencies, and further strengthen cooperation to combat terrorism, extremism and radicalism. They agreed that terrorism must be fought in a united manner and there were no good or bad terrorists.
Both sides also agreed to hold the next Joint Working Group on countering terrorism between India and Russia in 2018.
An updated and more comprehensive agreement on Cooperation on Security between the Ministry of Home Affairs of India and the Ministry of Interior of the Russian Federation was signed by the two Ministers. This agreement provides a comprehensive approach for cooperation in security related issues, including information technology crimes, counterfeiting currency, Illicit trafficking in narcotic drugs and psychotropic substances, trafficking in human beings, economic crimes, crimes related to intellectual property, cultural property amongst others.
A Joint Action Plan between the Narcotics Control Bureau, Ministry of Home Affairs of India and the Ministry of Interior of the Russian Federation for the period 2018-20 was also signed by Mr. Pankaj Saran, Ambassador of India to the Russian Federation and Mr. Igor Zubov, State Secretary and Deputy Minister of the Ministry of Interior of the Russian Federation on this occasion.
27 November, 2017