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Putin Warns Against Attempts to Destabilize Russia From Within

RIA Novosti

17:54 22/07/2014

MOSCOW, July 22 (RIA Novosti) – Russian President Vladimir Putin said Tuesday that attempts were underway to make the country collapse from within, adding this wouldn't work with Russians.

"Naturally, such methods are futile in Russia," the Russian leader said at a meeting of the Russian Security Council.

"Our people, citizens of Russia, will never let it happen and will never accept it," he stressed, alluding to the ongoing conflict in Ukraine.

The February coup in Kiev and the general turmoil across Ukraine are largely blamed on outsider forces trying to drive a wedge between the two ex- Soviet allies.

The Russian president also cautioned the United States and European Union against the "language of sanctions," which the West believes to be an adequate response to Moscow's alleged role in the Ukrainian crisis.

"We hope that our legitimate national interests will be respected and the disputed issues that occur all the time, will be solved diplomatically, through negotiations and nobody will interfere in our affairs," Putin stressed in a statement on the country's territorial integrity.

He pointed to the ongoing campaign against countries that refuse to fall in line with the majority opinion, which is as often as not inspired by a handful of nations.

"Countries conducting independent politics, or those who get in the way of someone's interests, are destabilized," the Russian leader said adding that the so-called "color revolutions" are used toward this end.

On Tuesday, President Putin chaired a Security Council meeting on issues of the country's sovereignty and territorial integrity where he addressed risks of internal distability in Russia.

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