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During a meeting of the committee of Chiefs of Staff of CIS member States on Tuesday in Bishkek, Deputy Chief of General Staff of Russian Armed Forces Sergey Istrakov said the threat of terror is growing along the Russian southern border. The Caucasus and Central Asia are a hotbed of Islamic extremism and Russia also faces the threat of returning ISIS fighters from the Syrian conflict.
“It must be pointed out that the analysis of the current challenges and threats to the CIS’ safety clearly shows that the terrorist threat persists, and on the CIS’ southern borders it is even growing,” said Istrakov, reported Russian state news agency TASS.
Delegations from Azerbaijan, Armenia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Russia, Uzbekistan, and Tajikistan attended the meeting and military cooperation documents were signed.
Russia has experienced multiple terror attacks in the major cities of Moscow, St. Petersburg, and Volgograd, emanating from the region. The Kremlin has also fought multiple wars against Islamic forces in Dagestan and Chechnya over the last few decades.