Dmitry Medvedev, President of Russia, said on Wednesday the killing of Osama bin Laden would be beneficial to Russia and its security while they fight an Islamist insurgency. He said, “The liquidation of terrorists, even on the level of bin Laden, has a direct relationship to the level of security on the territory of our state. It is no secret that the well known terrorist network al Qaeda has regularly sent and continues to send its emissaries to the territory of our state.” Russia faces a growing insurgency in the mostly Muslim provinces of the North Caucasus. All after two wars since 1994 which involved federal forces and separatist rebels in Chechnya. Authorities say foreign representatives of al Qaeda were involved in attacks in the North Caucasus and other parts of Russia. Insurgents claimed responsibility for serious attacks like the suicide bombing that killed many people at Moscow’s busiest airport in January of this year.
Russia backed the United States in the campaign against the Taliban that harbored bin Laden. Medvedev and Obama continue working to improve ties strained by Russia’s brief 2008 war in the former Soviet republic of Georgia, Moscow. They have provided NATO and the United States with increased access to supplies for the war against insurgents. The agenda for talks with with Medvedev Thursday would involve coordinating efforts to support and increase peace and stability in the region. Fighting against terrorism, illegal drug trade and organized crime will be included also.
Russia has asked the West not to interfere in their internal affairs of sovereign states due to the happenings in North Africa and the Middle East.