01:55 GMT +313 December 2018
Listen Live
    Armed police is seen on patrol as police and airport's own security personnel have increased patrols at Copenhagen Airport, Denmark March 22 2016

    EU, Russia Need Joint Security System to Keep 'Islamic Extremism at Bay' - AfD

    © REUTERS / canpix Denmark/Liselotte Sabroe
    Opinion
    Get short URL
    4110

    Europe and Russia can start cooperation by addressing common security challenges, in particular, by creating a joint structure of counterterrorism organizations to address the global threat of extremism, Gerold Otten, a member of the German Bundestag's defense committee from the Alternative for Germany party (AfD), told Sputnik on Friday.

    "The first issue which comes to mind is keeping Islamic extremism at bay. This threat is common to both the European Union and Russia… One possible step in the direction of cooperation could be the establishment of a joint structure of anti-terrorist organizations, in order to combat extremism and crime," Otten suggested.

    He added that Russia and the European Union did have a platform for tackling security threats jointly —the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe. However, Otten found the frequency of the OSCE meetings insufficient to provide an appropriate response to he modern crises.

    "It might be worth the while to examine the possibility to establish a 'standing committee' as part of the OSCE, which could then deal with crisis situations on an ad hoc base," Otten suggested.

    Otten added that Putin's call for the resumption of talks in order to ensure sustainable good relations between Russia and the European Union enjoyed support within the AfD party.

    On Thursday, Russian President Vladimir Putin during the annual "Direct Line" Q&A session called on international partners to come to the negotiating table and develop schemes of European security which are adequate to the realities of today. According to Otten, the security issue which required the involvement of both Russia and Europe was growing extremism.

    The dialogue between Russian and the European Union has not been easy since the outbreak of the Ukrainian conflict and Crimea's rejoining Russia. Disagreements on a number of regional conflicts as well as provocations staged against Russia on the international arena have further complicated already difficult relations.

    Related:

    UK Seeks Full Exchange of Information on Security With EU After Brexit - Davis
    US Envoy Bashes Germany for Reluctance to Boost EU Security
    FSB: Conf Cup 2017 Example of Successful Russia-EU Security Partnership
    UK Risks Losing Influence on EU Security, Defence Ops After Brexit - Report
    Russian Security Services Bust Crime Ring Trafficking Drugs From EU
    Tags:
    system, coordination, negotiations, security, relations, Alternative for Germany (AfD), OSCE, Gerold Otten, EU, Russia
    Community standardsDiscussion
    Comment via FacebookComment via Sputnik