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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Russian-Saudi Accord

MOSCOW -- Russia and Saudi Arabia plan to sign an accord next month on measures to fight organized crime and terrorism, Interior Minister Sergei Stepashin announced Tuesday.

The two countries' interior ministries will sign the agreement during a visit to Saudi Arabia by Stepashin, the Russian minister told reporters after a meeting in Moscow with Saudi Foreign Minister Saud al-Faisal.

Islam and terrorism are "completely different notions," Stepashin said. "Those in the North Caucasus who are trying to exploit this theme will to no extent be supported either by the Russian leadership or by the official authorities of Saudi Arabia."