Russian security chief: Foreign intel contacts with Russia go on despite politicians
Dialog between foreign intelligence agencies and their Russian counterparts continues, despite calls from politicians to stop, according to Russian Security Council secretary Nikolay Patrushev. This is partly due to the threat of terrorism, he said.
"The way that the intelligence services and security officials act differs a lot from the stance of politicians, who call for communication with Russia to be curbed, and the intelligence communities are the subordinates of countries' leaders, but in fact, they come here [to Russia] on a bilateral basis, speak regularly, express their interest and study the experience," Patrushev told Rossiya-24 TV channel ahead of a major security summit set to take place May 23-25 in the Russian city of Tver.
"All in all, we see that this eagerness to communicate with us expands... We don't feel any isolation at all. On the contrary, the number of those attending is growing constantly," he added. Up to 90 countries are set to be represented at the summit in Tver, he said, compared with last year's presence of 75 countries at the 2016 summit in Grozny.
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