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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Kozak Studies Israeli Security Methods

JERUSALEM -- Presidential envoy Dmitry Kozak is studying counterterrorism methods in Israel, a participant in the meetings said Tuesday.

Kozak, the envoy to the Southern Federal District, which includes Chechnya, and his team are on a five-day visit to study how Israel's security forces cooperate and divide responsibility, said Shlomo Aharonishki, head of the National Security Project, a consulting firm.

The Jerusalem Post reported Tuesday that Israel was advising Russia on how to build a separation barrier like the one Israel is erecting in the West Bank.

Aharonishki said the issue had not yet been raised in Kozak's meetings, including one held Monday with Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon.

Israel's West Bank barrier has been criticized internationally for carving off land the Palestinians want for a future state. However, Israel says the barrier has been effective in hampering the influx of Palestinian militants.

Topographically, it might be possible to wall off parts of Chechnya and the North Caucasus from the rest of Russia, but Russian officials have not raised the idea of such a move, which is seen as politically unfeasible.

Liberal Democratic Party leader Vladimir Zhirinovsky has called for such a barrier, but building one would be an admission of defeat in the Kremlin's efforts to control the area and restore peace.