4 Apr 2018 20:20

Terror threat shifting from Syria to CIS' southern borders - CIS Executive Committee

MOSCOW. April 4 (Interfax-AVN) - The terrorist threat is shifting to the southern borders of the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) despite measures to counter militants in Syria, the head of the CIS Executive Committee, Sergei Lebedev, said.

"Currently, the terrorist activity has been shifting from the Syrian Arab zone to the southern borders of the CIS," Lebedev said.

The threat that ISIL (a terrorist organization banned in Russia) poses to CIS member states has not diminished "despite positive results in countering" it in Syria, he said.

"Militant and terrorists are returning to CIS member states from this region [Syria]. An increase in the radicalization of certain groups of the population, most worryingly young people, is being observed," Lebedev said at the Moscow Conference on International Security on Wednesday.