Putin urged the security services to identify and eliminate clandestine terrorist cell

MOSCOW, may 31. /TASS/. Russian President Vladimir Putin instructed the organs of state security the task of paying special attention to the identification of clandestine terrorist cells.

“It is necessary to consistently identify and eliminate clandestine cell of the terrorist organizations,” Putin said in the Kremlin at ceremony of representation of the officers and prosecutors, appointments to higher posts and higher ranks.

“A comprehensive task stands today in front of the FSB of Russia, primarily in the field of counter-terrorism. Statistics show that the number of terrorist crimes in recent years is declining,” – said the head of state.

However, as Putin said, “we need to build the capacity of the entire system of combating terrorism and extremism.” “It is necessary to consistently identify and eliminate the secret cells of the terrorist organizations”, – said the head of state.

He also stressed that he expects the effectiveness of the FSB in other areas, such as counterintelligence, protection of state border, fight against corruption.

This time in the traditional ceremony of presentation of the officers to the head of state had made some changes in order to give it a more solemn character: George hall were exhibited a departmental banner, and during the acquaintance of Putin with participants of the ceremony were played by the Presidential orchestra.