18 Oct 2019 11:07

Patrushev notes importance of broader Russia-Brazil interaction in counter-terrorism, info security

BRASILIA. Oct 18 (Interfax) - Russia believes it is important to enhance interaction with Brazil in combating terrorism, drug trafficking, and cross-border crime and also bolster cooperation in information security, Russian Security Council Secretary Nikolai Patrushev said.

"We are convinced that it is important to increase interaction in fighting international terrorism, drug trafficking, and cross-border organized crime and also interaction in information security," Patrushev said at a meeting with Brazilian Institutional Security Office head Augusto Heleno.

"In our opinion, it is important to continue the constructive security dialogue with Brazil both in the bilateral and multilateral formats," he said, adding that Russia and Brazil are holding their consultations on the sidelines of a meeting of high-level security officials from the BRICS countries (Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa) in Brasilia.

Patrushev also thanked Brazil for organizing this conference and preparing its agenda.

"We hope that the participants [in the BRICS meeting] will hold a constructive exchange of opinions on key issues of global and regional security," said Patrushev, who is in Brazil on a two-day visit.