- The Washington Times - Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Vladimir Putin’s top spy is in Washington for a summit on extremism.

Alexander Bortnikov, the director of the Russian Federal Security Service, will head his country’s delegation at an event hosted by President Obama, Reuters reported Wednesday.

“Bortnikov will inform the participants of the forum about the national system to counter extremism that is functioning in the Russian Federation, stressing the importance of the role of the state in countering the ideology of terrorism,” the FSB said in a statement, Reuters reported.

Russian Finance Minister Anton Silaunov is also in the U.S. for annual International Monetary Fund and World Bank meetings.

• Douglas Ernst can be reached at dernst@washingtontimes.com.

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