Nikolai Patrushev, the head of the Russian Security Council, said "non-traditional" threats like terrorism weren't something states could take on independently as they would typically with conventional military threats.
"These problems recognize no borders, so states are currently not in a position to ensure their security without cooperation," he was quoted by Russia's state-run news agency RIA Novosti as saying.
Patrushev added that organizations like the Collective Security Treaty Organization and the Shanghai Cooperation Organization were good venues for taking on such threats.
U.S. intelligence officials said that al-Qaida central is on the decline with several of its top leaders, such as Osama bin Laden, dead but "nodes" across African and the Middle East were emerging threats.
CIA Director David Petraeus, in congressional testimony last week, verified earlier threat sentiments regarding al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula, the Yemeni branch of al-Qaida was "the most dangerous regional node in the global jihad."