Russian President, Vladimir Putin, announced that Moscow will ensure security in the Persian Gulf and the Atlantic Ocean amid a surge in piracy-related incidents across the globe, Sputnik reports. Speaking at a UN Security Council maritime security conference on Monday, August 9, Putin stressed the necessity of combating transnational crime.
“Unfortunately, there are also many threats along sea routes. And that is why it is so important that today we are considering substantive, practical issues related to the fight against piracy of the 21st century, meaning to establish a more effective counteraction to transnational crime and prevent the use of seas and oceans for criminal purposes,” Putin said.
Putin added that Moscow seeks to promote security in the Persian Gulf zone, as well as in the Atlantic, where cases of a robbery at sea accompanied by the taking of hostages have become more frequent. He also said that Russia is interested in building productive relations with the Indian Ocean Rim Association and the Indian Ocean Commission.
The president stated that the proposed structure could rely on the support of UN member states and that it could actively cooperate with experts, representatives of civil society, scientists, and even business people. He announced Russia’s readiness to share its experience in anti-terrorist operations and crime prevention, as well as tracking and neutralisation of gangs, including those in maritime areas.