NEW DELHI: India has asked Russia for technical help in monitoring ISIS activity on the internet with Home Minister Rajnath Singh describing the threat from ISIS as a matter of "serious concern", a departure from his earlier stand of downplaying the ISIS threat to India.
Singh also appealed to Russia to support India on international forums like the UN Security Council and FATF to corner Pakistan regarding the latter's role in terror activities. This is significant given increasing closeness between Russia and Pakistan in both military as well as diplomatic ties.
India's requests were communicated to Minister of Interior of the Russian Federation, Vladimir Kolokoltsev by Home Minister Rajnath Singh in a meeting on Monday. "Union Home Minister said that the threat of Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) is a matter of serious concern and there is need for close cooperation and exchange of information between the two countries and monitoring the activity of ISIL particularly in the field of media to counter the extensive media propaganda by the ISIL and the Cyber Space to combat close Jihadi chat and online recruitment," India later said in a statement.
India has informed Russia of Pakistan terror groups like LeT and Jaish-e-Mohammad are being actively backed by Pakistan's ISI and has appealed to Russia to raise the same with Pakistan during bilateral talks between both those countries. India has also shared a wanted list of at least 20 terrorists hiding in Pakistan, including the IC-814 accused, with Russia and pointed out that 17 terror camps are being run from Pakistani soil. India has specifically appealed to Russia, which is a permanent member of the UN Security Council, to support India at the forum when India raises the role of Pakistani state agencies in fomenting trouble in India by sponsoring terror activities here.
India has asked for help from Russia in the area of monitoring ISIS activities on the Internet -- Russia which has seen nearly 2000 of its nationals join the ISIS or influenced by it has a state-of-the-art cyber monitoring system to check such radicalisation. India has asked for technical help in this regard and also asked for cooperation in form of real-time information available with Russia regarding any Indians joining the ISIS from Gulf countries, officials said.
The Union Home Minister also mentioned that e-Tourist Visa facility has been extended to Russia in November, 2014 and requested for the similar facility on the basis of reciprocity. The visiting Interior Minister of Russia assured for the same and mentioned that the two countries will work in close coordination in this field.
The Russian side represented by a 7-member delegation meanwhile asked for joint cooperation in areas of law enforcement activity in Russia and India, counter-terrorism issues, measures against extremism and acts of crime in sphere of high technologies, IT and cyber crime.