Russian President Vladimir Putin has accused NATO of regularly making an attempt to impress Russia in an try to attract them right into a confrontation.
He additionally mentioned that members of the alliance proceed to intrude in Russia’s home affairs.
The accusations got here as Putin addressed senior members of the Russian intelligence company FSB on Thursday. The president mentioned that over the previous years the worldwide safety scenario “has not improved, but on the contrary, many existing threats have only become more serious.”
NATO with its “newly-declared official mission to deter Russia” is one such risk, Putin mentioned.
“This is the goal behind the expansion of this military bloc. It happened before, but now they have found a new justification which they believe to be serious,” Putin mentioned.
“In fact, they are constantly provoking us, trying to drag us into a confrontation,” Putin acknowledged, including that NATO members “are continuing their efforts to interfere in our domestic affairs with the goal of destabilizing social and political order in Russia proper.”
Putin added that international intelligence companies proceed intensive operations in Russia.
“In the past year 53 foreign intelligence operatives and 386 agents of foreign intelligence services have been busted,” he mentioned.
The president additionally expressed remorse over Russia and Western nations not coordinating efforts to struggle towards frequent enemies equivalent to terrorist teams.
“It’s in everyone’s interest to resume dialogue between the intelligence agencies of the United States and other members of NATO,” Putin mentioned