Putin: Russia Discloses 230 Foreign Intelligence Staff in 2014
17:14 20.12.2014(updated 19:15 20.12.2014)
President Vladimir Putin says the activity of foreign intelligence services in Russia is increasing. The country's security agencies have prevented 60 crimes related to terrorism in 2014.
MOSCOW, December 20 (Sputnik) – In 2014, Russian counterintelligence services identified more than 230 foreign intelligence staff, Russian President Vladimir Putin said Saturday.
"The activity of foreign intelligence services operating in Russia is increasing. More than 230 staff and agents from foreign intelligence services have been disclosed just through counterintelligence," Putin said at a gala evening marking Security Agency Worker's Day.
The president stressed that Russian security services must pay the most serious attention to the protection of state borders.
"The Foreign Intelligence Service [of the Russian Federation] has a great range of tasks, primarily in the field of prediction and analysis of potential risks and threats, and also in accessing the nature and probable development of key international events," he stated.
In 2013, Russian security agencies disclosed a total of 258 foreign agents and 46 intelligence staff, Putin said in April.
The previous year, some 181 agents and 34 foreign intelligence service employees were identified by Russian counterintelligence services, according to the president.
Russian Intelligence Services Prevented Eight Terrorist Attacks in 2014
More than 60 crimes connected with terrorism, including eight terrorist attacks were prevented by the Russian security services in 2014, Vladimir Putin stated.
'This year, thanks to your decisive actions 60 crimes connected with terrorism were prevented, eight of them were terrorist attacks. Activity of 46 terrorist and extremist groups was disrupted,' Putin said addressing the representatives of the Russian security services who gathered at the State Kremlin Palace in Moscow to celebrate Security Agency Worker's Day.
The Russian leader also stressed the importance of improving the effectiveness of the preventive anti-terrorist work and strengthening cooperation with civil society organizations in combating terrorism, extremism, nationalism and xenophobia.
At his March meeting with senior security and law enforcement officers, President Putin said that 82 terrorism-related crimes had been prevented in 2013, including 13 terrorist attacks.
No One Managed to Intimidate, Contain, Isolate Russia or Ever Will
Russian President Vladimir Putin said Saturday no one has ever managed to intimidate, contain or isolate Russia and will not succeed in doing so in the future.
"Obviously, no one will manage to intimidate, contain, isolate Russia. Nobody has ever succeeded in it and will never succeed," Putin said in Kremlin in his address marking the Security Agency Worker's Day.
Putin noted that there had been many statements that Russia should pay a high price for its independent stance, for its support for fellow citizens, for its reunification with Crimea and Sevastopol.
The president reminded that numerous attempts of Russia's intimidation and isolation had been undertaken throughout the XX century. Vladimir Putin reminded that those attempts had failed, but Russia had to face challenges and give a proportional response to any threat for the country's sovereignty.
Over the recent months, the tensions between Russia and the Western countries have soared over the situation in Ukraine, after the West started imposing sanctions against Moscow citing it's alleged meddling in the Ukrainian conflict.
Moscow has repeatedly criticized the stance of the United States, the European Union and their allies on Ukraine, saying that in order to resolve the conflict, interests of all parties, including Russian-speaking population in Ukraine's southeast, should be taken into consideration.
During the annual press conference on Thursday, Russian president said the main problem of current international relations was that West was reluctant to regard Russia as an equal partner or recognize its right to pursue its own global policy.
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