Medvedev presses Russian spies on anti-terror ties
MOSCOW (AP) – President Dmitry Medvedev is urging Russia’s military intelligence agency to improve cooperation with foreign counterparts in fighting international terrorism.
Medvedev said Thursday that the agency, known under its Russian acronym GRU, must focus on preemptive action against terrorist groups, revealing weapons-trafficking routes and funding sources.
He said in televised remarks from the GRU’s Moscow headquarters that it must share data with foreign partners “when it’s necessary” as part of a global war against terror.
After the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks in the U.S., Moscow and Washington traded information on al-Qaida and other terrorist groups and worked jointly to prevent terrorists from obtaining weapons of mass destruction. But such cooperation was later hurt by a strain in U.S.-Russian ties.