News 17 february — 10:17

Foreign Powers Targeting Russia 'From Outside and Within' — Putin


Foreign powers are attempting to destabilize Russia from outside and within, Russian President Vladimir Putin has claimed, The Moscow Times reports.

Speaking at a board meeting of Russia's Federal Security Service (FSB), Putin said NATO's growing presence on Russia's borders was proof that the West wanted to draw Russia into a confrontation. He also dismissed the organization's decision to categorize Russia as a “major security threat” saying the move was a ruse to justify extending NATO's influence.

The president also said Ukraine was another threat which wanted to draw Moscow into a military confrontation. He accused Kiev of trying to disrupt peace negotiations by aggravating conflict in the Donbass region.

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