Ukrainian, Russian law enforcers strengthen cooperation
A joint meeting of the board of the Ukrainian and Russian interior ministries has opened in Odesa to discuss prospects for cooperation; it is attended by ministers Vitaliy Zakharchenko and Vladimir Kolokoltsev.
"I am confident that our meeting will further strengthen cooperation and bring positive results in the joint fight against crime," Ukraine's Interior Minister Vitaliy Zakharchenko said. The meeting, among others, will focus on cooperation development and exchange of experience in ensuring public order and public safety during mass, sporting and cultural events. In Ukraine, it was EURO 2012, in Russia, which is now preparing for the 2014 Olympics - Universiade 2013 in Kazan. "Regular working contacts show that we equally assess the level of danger posed by crime, including such its manifestations as extremism, terrorism and drug trafficking. Effective response to all this is only possible by combining our efforts," Russian Interior Minister Vladimir Kolokoltsev stressed. The board is scheduled to consider the improvement of cooperation on the information exchange. The most significant element of a common information space is the Interstate Information Block (IIB), being formed in accordance with the agreement on the interaction between the two ministries. The IIB total centralized record makes 77.4 million of accounting entities. In the first seven months of this year, by using the IIB database the CIS law enforcers have detained 175 persons who committed crimes and were wanted by the Ukrainian police. Whereabouts of 99 missing Ukrainians have been established. The board will also consider a plan of interaction between the Ukrainian and Russian interior ministries for 2014.