Statement with Russia on Counterterrorism
Shanghai, People's Republic of China
October 21, 2001
The President of the United States and the President of Russia categorically
reject and resolutely condemn terrorism in all its forms and manifestations,
regardless of motive. The Presidents stress that the barbaric act of terrorism
committed in the United States on September 11, 2001 represents a crime against
The Presidents note that terrorism threatens not only the security of the United
States and Russia, but also that of the entire international community, as well
as international peace and security. They believe that terrorism poses a direct
threat to the rule of law and to human rights and democratic values. It has
no foundation in any religion, national or cultural traditions, and it only
uses them as a cover for its criminal goals.
The Presidents agree that every effort must be undertaken to bring the perpetrators
to justice, while protecting the rights and welfare of civilians. They stress
that the fight against terrorism requires the unity of the entire international
community to counter new challenges and threats on the basis of international
law and the full use of the United Nations and other international organizations.
The Presidents call for all states to join a sustained global coalition to defeat
international terrorism. Nations must make use of diplomatic, political, law
enforcement, financial, intelligence, and military means to root out terrorists
and their sponsors and bring them to justice.
The Presidents emphasize that the current situation in Afghanistan is a direct
consequence of the policies pursued by the Taliban, which turned that country
into an international center of terrorism and extremism. They reaffirm that
the United States and Russia are ready to cooperate closely with the United
Nations to promote a post-conflict settlement in Afghanistan that would provide
for the formation of a representative, broad-based government capable of ensuring
the restoration of a peaceful Afghanistan that maintains good relations with
countries of the region and beyond it.
The leaders of the two countries view U.S.-Russian cooperation as a critical
element in the global effort against terrorism. They reaffirm their personal
commitment and that of their two countries to fight this deadly challenge through
active cooperation and coordination, both bilaterally and within the framework
of international institutions.
The Presidents note with satisfaction the fruitful cooperation between the United
States and Russia in the United Nations and the UN Security Council, in the
NATO-Russia Permanent Joint Council, and in the G-8. They also instruct their
governments to reinforce bilateral cooperation throughout the U.S.-Russia Working
Group on countering terrorist and other threats emanating from Afghanistan.
The Presidents agree that the financial, communications, and logistics networks
of terrorist organizations must be destroyed. They call upon all nations without
exception to take measures to block access of terrorist organizations to financial
resources, to enhance law enforcement tools to combat terrorism, and to strengthen
procedures to stop the transit of terrorists and their material within and between
countries. They stress the importance of speedy ratification and implementation
of existing international counterterrorism conventions.
The two Presidents are resolved to advance cooperation in combating new terrorist
threats: nuclear, chemical and biological, as well as those in cyberspace. They
agreed to enhance bilateral and multilateral action to stem the export and proliferation
of nuclear, chemical and biological materials, related technologies, and delivery
systems as a critical component of the battle to defeat international terrorism.