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Traffic police departments of bordering regions of Belarus, Russia discuss cooperation

GOMEL, 10 May (BelTA) – A working conference dedicated to ways to improve interaction in making Belarusian and Russian motorways more secure took place in Gomel. Taking part in the conference were high-ranking officers of the traffic police departments of Belarus' Gomel Oblast and Russia's Bryansk Oblast and Kaluga Oblast, BelTA has learned. The sides discussed ways to improve cooperation to make roads more secure, prevent carjacking and other kinds of crime. Close attention was paid to cooperation of the three agencies in policing the motorways that connect Belarus and Russia. Gomel Oblast Traffic Police Department Chief Igor Makushenko noted that productive cooperation had been established between the Belarusian traffic police (GAI) and the Russian traffic police (GIBDD). In particular, Belarus most actively cooperates with Russia within the framework of the convention on mutual recognition and execution of court rulings on administrative violations of traffic regulations. Besides, the territorial divisions in the bordering regions have established tight cooperation in various areas such as joint tactical exercises and large-scale crime control operations on motorways. Speaking about ways to improve cooperation, the chiefs of the three agencies noted it is high time they had created a common information space. A joint session of the boards of the Belarusian and Russian interior ministries will take place in June. “I hope the relevant decisions will be made then,” noted Bryansk Oblast Traffic Police Department Chief Vyacheslav Lopatnikov. Kaluga Oblast Traffic Police Department Chief Alexei Kholopov said he was confident that such meetings allow finding new contact points for implementing serious joint initiatives and stepping up constructive cooperation.