Russia, Armenia should increase protection of investment projects

ITAR-TASS News Agency
July 2, 2004 Friday

Russia, Armenia should increase protection of investment projects

By Stanislav Alikin, Tigran Liloyan


Russian and Armenian law enforcement bodies should boost cooperation
in protecting bilateral investigation projects from criminal
encroachments, said on Friday Russian Interior Minister Rashid
Nurgaliev, speaking in Yerevan at a meeting of the leaderships of the
Russian Interior Ministry and Armenian police.

He noted that “mutual interests of Russia and Armenia are considerable
and cover all spheres of economic and political life”. “Positive
processes in relations of our countries are influenced by various
threats, including crime. We face now common tasks: we have something
to protect from criminal encroachments, and for this purpose we have
all necessary things,” Nurgaliev emphasized.

According to the minister, “it is very important now for Russia to
have support from sisterly states in settling domestic law enforcement
questions. Incidentally, Armenia is given a special role among these
states”. For one, the minister continued, “I mean struggle against
terrorism, illicit drug trafficking, illegal immigration, trade in
people, banditry and economic crime”.

Nurgaliev also suggested that his colleagues from Armenian police
should boost cooperation in implementing anti-terrorist measures,
ensuring security of vital projects and implementing measures on
protection of public law and order.