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Putin Says Russia Committed To Fighting Terror

27 July 2005 (RFE/RL) - Russian President Vladimir Putin told law-enforcement officers that they must act to prevent terrorism, saying recent attacks in Russia and abroad underscored the persistence of terror threats worldwide.

Speaking today at an awards ceremony for officers at the Kremlin, Putin emphasized Russia's role in the fight against international terror. He equated continuing violence by militants in Chechnya and Daghestan with recent attacks in Britain, Iraq, Turkey, Israel, and Egypt.

"The recent explosions in London, terrorist acts in Iraq, Turkey, Israel, the most recent terrorist attack in Egypt, crimes against the authorities in Chechnya and Daghestan here in Russia, show that terrorism remains one of the main threats in the world," Putin said. "And Russia will play an important role in the common fight against terror."

Russia has been hit by a series of terror attacks in recent years, linked mainly to the conflict in Chechnya.

Daghestan, which borders Chechnya, has seen dozens of attacks this year, mostly targeting law enforcement and government officials and fueling fears that violence was spreading in the Caucasus region.