President Putin has said counter terrorism is a priority for a regional grouping led by Moscow and Beijing.
Addressing Sunday’s summit of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization in Qingdao, China, Putin said a new agreement approved by the bloc spells out plans for joint anti-terror efforts for the next three years, reported by AP. The bloc includes China, Russia, four ex-Soviet Central Asian nations, India and Pakistan.
Putin said the bloc’s new counterterrorism agreement foresees joint drills, exchanging information and conducting coordinated anti-terror action.
He emphasized the need for the group to closely follow the situation in Afghanistan to fend off threats posed by militants in the country.