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    Officials from Russia and the European Union discussed the fight against global terrorism during consultations in Moscow on Wednesday and agreed to consider the possibility of expanding joint efforts in this area, the Russian Foreign Ministry said.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) — Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Mikhail Bogdanov met with the heads of EU diplomatic missions and the chief of the EU Delegation to Russia to discuss the results of the international meeting on Syria in Astana on January 23-24 and the upcoming Geneva meeting, the Russian Foreign Ministry said in a statement Wednesday.

    "The sides focused their attention on the settlement of the Syrian crisis, including in the context of the results of the international meeting on Syria in Astana on January 23-24 and the inclusive intra-Syrian dialogue, scheduled to start on February 20 in Geneva under the UN auspices, in line with UN Security Council Resolution 2254," the statement said.

    "The sides exchanged opinions on current global and regional terrorist threats, as well as on Russia's and EU experience in countering terrorism," the ministry said in a statement.

    According to the statement, close attention was dedicated to issues of preventing the spread of extremist ideology and radicalization, as well as to countering terrorism financing and ensuring anti-terrorism security in civil aviation.

    "The sides also discussed the possibility of expanding anti-terrorism cooperation in multilateral formats, including under the UN aegis," the statement said, adding that the next Russia-EU anti-terrorism consultations would be held in Brussels.

    Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Mikhail Bogdanov met with the heads of EU diplomatic missions and the chief of the EU Delegation to Russia to discuss the results of the international meeting on Syria in Astana on January 23-24 and the upcoming Geneva meeting, the Russian Foreign Ministry said in a statement Wednesday.

    Russian President Vladimir Putin has repeatedly called for creating a united front against terrorism. The call is also mentioned in Russia's revised foreign policy doctrine.

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