The Jakarta Post
Russia's bestowing of an international police cooperation award to National Police chief Gen. Tito Karnavian, a former top antiterrorism official, was amplified in meaning given that the event came soon in the aftermath of a fatal terrorist attack in St. Petersburg earlier this week.
The ceremony in Jakarta on Thursday saw Russian Ambassador to Indonesia Mikhail Y. Galuzin place a pin on the police chief's uniform in token of the commemorative medal of "100 years of international police cooperation" from the Russian Interior Affairs Ministry, which oversees Russia’s national police force.
Tito, who has an established background in counterterrorism as he previously led the National Police's counterterrorism unit, was recognized for his contribution for progressing the development of the National Police’s partnership with their Russian counterparts.
"The relations between our police services are really close. The representatives of the National Police of Indonesia participate actively in interagency consultations between Russia and Indonesia in the format of a special working group to counter international terrorism and organized crime," Galuzin said.
The ambassador further praised Tito's contribution to the deepening of global police cooperation, noting the gathering of 167 countries at the Interpol General Assembly in Bali in November as a significant achievement.
Tito in turn conveyed his "highest appreciation" to Russia and "deepest and heartfelt" condolences on Monday’s suicide bombing on the St. Petersburg metro that reportedly killed 14 people.
"This is again, our common problem that we should look after and deal with hand-in-hand," Tito added. (ipa)