INTERPOL Chief underlines Russia’s strategic security role during Moscow visit
MOSCOW, Russia – INTERPOL Secretary General Ronald K. Noble has highlighted Russia’s active role in international security efforts through its strategic importance in cross-border crime prevention and law enforcement cooperation in the region and beyond.
At a meeting with Russia’s Minister of Interior and Head of Police, Vladimir Kolokoltsev, as part of a three-day mission to Moscow (18-20 March), Secretary General Noble said that Russia faced common security challenges with the rest of the world which require the country and INTERPOL’s global network to work closely together against transnational organized crimes such as drug and human trafficking, and terrorism.
Minister of Interior Kolokoltsev said that enhancing international law enforcement cooperation was a priority for Russia in order to fight crime and strengthen public safety: “Russia and INTERPOL have a historically strong relationship in combating organized crime and terrorism, which are priority security issues for Russia. We expect this strong international collaboration on both fronts to expand in the interest of regional and global security.”
With the INTERPOL Chief also meeting Colonel General Andrey Novikov, the Head of the Anti-Terrorism Centre of the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS), Mr Noble said: “The Russian authorities have demonstrated they understand the need for an international collaborative approach to security, and that strong security cooperation in the region underpins law enforcement’s joint efforts against terrorism and international crime.”
An active participant in INTERPOL’s Project White Flow, fighting cocaine flows through Africa, Russia is also a key member of INTERPOL’s Project Millennium, fighting transnational Eurasian organized crime, with INTERPOL’s National Central Bureau in Moscow providing regular and updated intelligence to the Project.
INTERPOL, Russia and CIS countries have a strong relationship in the area of terrorism via INTERPOL’s Project Kalkan and Fusion Task Force (FTF)– with more than 50 wanted suspected terrorists and confirmed cases from CIS countries handled by the FTF in the past three years.
Also on the agenda during Mr Noble’s mission to Moscow was the need for the INTERPOL Travel Document to be recognized throughout the CIS so as to ease the provision of assistance by the world police body to its member countries and the deployment of law enforcement officials travelling on duty for INTERPOL-related matters.
Currently, 60 of INTERPOL’s 190 member countries have accepted the INTERPOL travel document in both its forms (e-Passport Booklet and/or e-Identification Card).
A further 113 countries are also in the process of recognizing these documents within the limits of their national laws.