Illustration photo – Russian President Vladimir Putin.
Moscow – Russian President Vladimir Putin said during a meeting with the leadership of the Federal Security Service (FSB) that counterintelligence should continue to crack down on those who want to divide Russia. According to him, to strengthen Russia's security, it should use the experience that its members gained while performing tasks in Ukraine. It was reported by the TASS agency.
“We must expose and suppress the illegal activities of those who try to use separatism, nationalism, neo-Nazism and xenophobia as a weapon,” Putin said at a meeting of the FSB council. According to him, attempts are being made in Russian society to activate “all that verbage” with the aim of dividing the country. He also said that the West was trying to “revive cells of extremists and terrorists” and its “old friends” in Russia.
Putin also ordered the FSB to keep the Russian-Ukrainian border under special control and erect obstacles that would prevented the penetration of Ukrainian sabotage groups into Russia. “The task of confronting the terrorist threat is still relevant. Over the past year, the number of such crimes has increased,” Putin said, adding that Ukraine is resorting to the use of terrorist methods.
In the occupied territories, counterintelligence should focus on creating and strengthening the Russian security apparatus. It should also continue to help the army and national guard carry out tasks in a special military operation, as Moscow officially calls its invasion of Ukraine. He also said that FSB officers carry out complex tasks in Ukraine, including those behind enemy lines.