UK, RUSSIA TO BUILD UP SECURITY ALLIANCE: RUSSIAN MP

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LONDON, September 7 (RIA Novosti) - The UK is determined to build up its security alliance with Russia, says Gennadi Gudkov, prominent on the security committee of the State Duma, parliament's lower house. He is leading a Russian delegation to a 4th international security conference, underway in London. Novosti interviewed the MP for conference details.

The conference started with a silence minute to commemorate the victims of the Beslan school tragedy and other recent terror acts in Russia.

As he was opening today's session, Bruce George, House of Commons defence and security committee head, called to smoother coordinate anti-terror efforts. The situation demands close teamwork not only from government agencies responsible for security, law and order but from government and non-government security industries, stressed Mr. George.

As things are now, NGOs in the West have particular duties to protect government and corporate bodies from terrorism. The West has stored up spectacular experience of efficient government and NGO team efforts, and Russia ought to borrow and emulate it, pointed out Gennadi Gudkov.

The conference opened yesterday to last through tomorrow. It has gathered more than sixty delegates representing the CIS, Slovakia, Romania, Albania, the Netherlands, Czechia, Germany, the UK and several other European countries. Organising the conference was the London-based International Security Institute, which is close to Britain's Parliament and enjoys its support.

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