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Putin presents new chief of Russian foreign intelligence service

October 05, 14:25 UTC+3
The president has stressed that the security of Russian citizens outside Russia must remain under special control, in particular, in the countries of the Middle East, Africa and Central Asia
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Sergey Naryshkin

Sergey Naryshkin

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MOSCOW, October 5. /TASS/. Russian President Vladimir Putin has presented Sergey Naryshkin as the newly-appointed chief of the Russian foreign intelligence service (SVR).

The president has stressed that the security of Russian citizens outside Russia must remain under special control, in particular, in the countries of the Middle East, Africa and Central Asia.

"Of course, the security of our citizens abroad must remain under special control, in particular, in such regions as the Middle East, Africa and some countries of Central Asia," Putin said presenting Naryshkin to his subordinates.

"Today the situation in the world has special demands for the quality and efficiency of the SVR’s work. There is the need to be able to act proactively and use nonstandard and unconventional solutions," he said at the headquarters of the Foreign Intelligence Service in Moscow.

He also stressed that there is the need to "find out and analyze all external threats and define the key strategic tendencies of development of the international situation, to make contribution in enhancing Russia’s economic, technological and defense potential."

Putin said he expects that Naryshkin "use all his experience and broad-based knowledge to work efficiently and bring the work of the Service to a higher level."

The president wished Naryshkin and the SVR "success in the responsible work on maintaining security and interests of the motherland.".

Sergey Naryshkin was the speaker of Russia's lower house of parliament, the State Duma, before his appointment to the post. He has replaced Mikhail Fradkov who now will be nominated as the head of the Russian Railways Company board of directors.

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