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Russian Security Service Worked in 2015 Amid Increasing Pressure on Moscow

Sputnik News

16:40 26.02.2016(updated 17:56 26.02.2016)

Russian security service personnel worked in conditions of increasing political, economic, military and informational pressure on Russia in 2015, Federal Security Service (FSB) head Alexander Bortnikov said Friday.

MOSCOW (Sputnik) – Russian security service personnel worked in conditions of increasing political, economic, military and informational pressure on Russia in 2015, Federal Security Service (FSB) head Alexander Bortnikov said Friday.

'Last year, the activities of the FSB were carried out in strict compliance with the legislation and with guidelines and instructions from Russian President [Vladimir Putin], under conditions of increasing political, economic, military and informational pressure on our country,' Bortnikov said at an FSB board meeting.

Earlier on Friday, Putin said that foreign interference in Russia's elections is a direct threat to the country's sovereignty and the FSB needs to react to any such attempts.

In 2015, Russia continued to be targeted by Western economic sanctions imposed over Moscow's alleged role in the Ukrainian crisis and so-called annexation of Crimea, both of which the Russian authorities deny. The country has also been concerned by the increasing NATO military presence close to its western borders, cautioning that the alliance's eastward expansion in Europe undermines regional stability.

Sputnik



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