CIS members to conduct joint anti-terror exercise

DUSHANBE, Aug. 14 (Xinhua) -- The security services of Belarus, Russia and Kazakhstan kick off a joint counter-terror drill on Thursday to improve interaction between members of the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) in countering real terrorist threats.

The "Jetisu-Antiterror 2014" exercise will unfold within their borders and last into September, according to the press service of the CIS anti-terrorism center.

The Belarusian State Security Agency and State Border Committee will be assisted by specialists from Russia's state-run nuclear agency Rosatom to practice investigative techniques and other operations to counter the threat of terrorists attempting to transfer radioactive materials across Belarusian borders.

Following the Belarusian stage of the drill, Russia's Federal Security Service is to continue practicing the identification and arrest of "terrorists" and their "associates." The Kazakh special services are then scheduled to do the same.

The CIS, founded in 1991 as a regional association of former Soviet republics, groups Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, Russia, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Ukraine and Uzbekistan.