BEIT HORON (Israel), January 22 (RIA Novosti) – Russian and Israeli police officials have agreed to establish close cooperation and regular training exchange in the field of anti-terror operations and transport security.
Russian Interior Minister Vladimir Kolokoltsev, who is on a three-day working visit to Israel, has met with his Israeli counterpart Yitzhak Aharonovich and a number of senior police officials, including commander of the Israel Border Police, Maj. Gen. Amos Yaakov.
“We are interested in learning how your special units carry out anti-terrorist operations and hostage-release missions and ensure security and order at mass public events,” Kolokoltsev said during the meeting with Yaakov at a border troop base.
According to the Russian Interior Ministry, a group of officers from the ministry’s transportation security department will travel to Israel for training in transport hub security.
Russia has been blighted by frequent attacks on officials, police and civilians by Islamist militant groups in the volatile North Caucasus and neighboring regions.
Terrorist attacks have persisted in southern Russia despite the authorities' efforts to step up security precautions ahead of the Winter Olympics in the Black Sea resort of Sochi, which open on February 7 and are a major prestige project for President Vladimir Putin and Russia.