U.S. and Russia release joint statement on counterterrorism

The U.S. and Russia plan to strengthen their counterterrorism cooperation to stop the support of terrorists and keep terrorist ideology from spreading, according to a joint statement on Monday.

U.S. President Barack Obama and Russian President Vladimir Putin released the statement on Monday after their bilateral meeting on the side of the G8 summit in Northern Ireland. Both countries experienced terrorism first hand in recent months, with the explosions in Boston on April 15 and the suicide bomber in Makhachkala on May 25.

Presidents Obama and Putin said the threat of terrorism requires a stronger collaboration between their two countries.

"The terrorist threat calls for a concerted, comprehensive response that presupposes law enforcement measures for the protection of our citizens, as well as the implementation of a long-term strategy aimed at denying terrorists any social or material support, and working with societies to prevent the spread of the terrorist ideology," Presidents Obama and Putin said. "To that end, the United States and Russia intend to strengthen our counterterrorism cooperation on the basis of mutual trust, including the exchange of pertinent operational information between intelligence services and the conduct of coordinated operations."

Presidents Obama and Putin also said they would work together to prevent weapons of mass destruction from getting into terrorist hands.

"The joint efforts of the United States and Russia, including in the context of the Counterterrorism Working Group of the Bilateral Presidential Commission, are focused on preventing weapons of mass destruction from falling into the hands of terrorists, and halting the funding of terrorist activities, the recruitment and training of those who commit terrorist acts, and the actions of lone terrorists," Presidents Obama and Putin said.

The Presidents said the U.S. and Russia would also work together within the business community to provide security for public events, including the Winter Olympic Games in Sochi.

"We reiterate our firm resolve to join in countering terrorism in accordance with national laws and the fundamental principles of international law, including respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms," Presidents Obama and Putin said.