Valentin A. Sobolev*
Security Council of the Russian Federation
Allow me to express my gratitude for being invited to speak at such an impressive meeting of scientists from the United States and the Russian Federation. It is important to note that all of us have been brought here by a desire to expand cooperation in the search for ways of enhancing the effectiveness of the struggle against terrorism.
The Security Council of the Russian Federation, chaired by Russian President Vladimir V. Putin, is devoting considerable efforts to resolving problems associated with the fight against terrorism. Russia actively supports the measures against international terrorism being taken by the world community, with the United Nations and its Security Council playing the central coordinating role. Our country has made an important contribution to strengthening the international antiterrorist coalition and consistently pursues a policy of creating a global system to counter these new challenges and threats on the basis of international law. Russia is a party to 11 international conventions associated with combating various forms of terrorism. The United Nations is doing a great deal of work on draft documents proposed by India regarding the comprehensive struggle against terrorism and by the Russian Federation concerning nuclear terrorism.
One of our top-priority efforts involves building antiterrorist cooperation within the framework of various regional structures. For example, Russia has participated very actively in organizing the activities of the Antiterrorist Center of the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) and in establishing a branch of this center in Central Asia. With Russia’s support, the Council of Foreign Affairs Ministers of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization at its November