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Putin urges FSB to stay on top of North Caucasus situation

November 19, 2013, 19:07 UTC+3 MOSCOW
Russia's president also noted the work of the drug control service
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MOSCOW, November 19, /ITAR-TASS/. Russian President Vladimir Putin urged the Federal Security Service (FSB) not to loosen attention to the situation in the North Caucasus, where a considerable part of terrorism-related crimes are reported.

“You cannot loosen attention to the situation in the North Caucasian Federal District, where a considerable part of terrorism-related crimes are reported,” Putin said at a ceremony of promoting senior officers to higher ranks on Tuesday.

In general, the level of detective work should be increased and a higher level of coordination between the law enforcement agencies and the security services should be obtained, he said. “The counterintelligence, protection of the strategic infrastructure and classified information also remain the guidelines for the Federal Security Service,” Putin added. As for the border service, the border guards will have to make the protection of the state border more efficient, particularly thanks to the optimal distribution of forces, the president said.

The president noted the special role of the Foreign Intelligence Service in stepping up national security. “We should realize the nature and prospects of military and political processes fully that are developing in the modern world and understand clearly which potential threats may affect the situation over our country,” the president said. He noted that the information and analytical materials of the Foreign Intelligence Service should continue to help to develop the most important state decisions.

Putin also noted the work of the drug control service. “According to estimates of experts and we understand this quite well, after the withdrawal of the international assistance force from Afghanistan the inflow of drugs in Russia from the south can grow and your service together with partners from other agencies should be prepared to give an adequate response to this threat,” the president said. He noted the need for a more energetic and systemic work on preventive measures against drug addiction, social rehabilitation of those who faced this disease.

The president thanked the officers of the Ministry of Emergency Situations and the Defense Ministry for valor, selflessness and heroism in the cleanup of the aftermath of a disastrous flood in Russia’s Far East. “The flood in Far Eastern regions was unprecedented, but in these conditions we succeeded to do all to avert victims among civilians,” Putin stated.

He congratulated the officers on promoting them to the top military posts and higher ranks, wishing health and new results to them.

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