Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh will travel to Moscow and St Petersburg during his four-day visit to Russia from September 18.
Singh will have bilateral talks with Russian Interior Minister Vladimir Kolokoltsev. Issues relating to anti-terror cooperation and intelligence sharing between the two countries will be the focus of discussion between the two ministers.
Singh is also expected to raise the issue of Pakistan’s involvement in cross-border terrorism in Jammu and Kashmir. The threat of Islamic State to India and its neighbourhood is also likely to come up during discussions. Collaboration in disaster management and training is also on the agenda, sources said.
After his return to India, Singh will travel to Washington on September 26 on a seven-day visit for the Indo-US Homeland Security Dialogue with his American counterpart Jeh Charles Johnson. He is again expected to raise the issue of Pakistan-sponsored terrorism, as well as the activities of IS in India and its threat to South Asian countries, during the talks.
Speaking at the 14th ASEAN Summit in Laos earlier this month, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had hit out at Pakistan without naming it. “One country in our neighbourhood, whose competitive advantage rests solely in producing and exporting terrorism. The time has come to isolate and sanction this instigator,” he had said.