MOSCOW, December 27 (Itar-Tass) — President Dmitry Medvedev said the priority for Russian secret services include the neutralization of foreign intelligence and prognoses of the most dangerous external threats.
Speaking at the ceremony of presentation of senior officers at the Kremlin on Tuesday, the head of state noted that he was expecting from the Federal Security Service new results in fighting terrorism and more vigorous work to protect the economy.
"Pressing are the tasks to combat corruption and neutralize the activity of foreign intelligence services, as well as reliable protection of our border, which, at last, has acquired modern looks in the past few years," he said.
Political and social instability in a number of large states enhances the significance of Foreign Intelligence Service. "The Service has a high operations potential, while its analytical potential is not bad, either, so it is necessary to quickly respond to the development of the international situation and predict the most dangerous external threats to our country," he underlined.
The president also noted the significance of other secret services, such as the Federal Guards Service, the Special Facilities Service, the Federal Penitentiary Service, and the drug control service. "I'm confident you will continue to do precise and effective work, intercepting criminal activity, on the basis of modern standards, and protecting the crucial facilities and the activity of top officials of the state," Medvedev underlined.