In an oped printed in The Washington Post yesterday, U.S. National Security Advisor Robert O’Brien declared the U.S. and the Russian Federation would look in the coming month to increase cooperation in counterterrorism. Some cooperation has continued in recent years despite Western sanctions against Moscow, with each side providing tips regarding possible terror attacks in the other country, allowing security forces to intervene.
“Another area of potential cooperation with Russia is counterterrorism. Both Russia and the United States have had their homelands attacked by violent extremists. U.S. officials will likely engage with their Russian intelligence and law enforcement counterparts on such matters in the coming months,” Robert O’Brien said, reported Russian state news agency TASS.
US Secretary of State Michael Pompeo said at a joint news conference with his Russian counterpart Sergey Lavrov following bilateral talks in December 2019 that the United States were set to boost cooperation with Russia in the domain of counterterrorism and anti-drug trafficking effort. In his words, the two countries’ special services cooperate in those domains on a regular basis. He added that the sides would seek to make this cooperation even better.
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