MOSCOW, March 28, /ITAR-TASS/. The Russian Federal Security Service said on Friday that western countries sought to destabilize the internal situation in Russia, following the latest events in Crimea, and called for urgent measures to ensure the security of Russian nationals, including those living in the newly-formed Crimean Federal District.
“The number of external threats to the state has increased. The legal volition of the people of Crimea and eastern Ukraine to be together with Russia are driving the United States and its allies into hysteria. They are trying to destabilize the socio-political and economic situation in this country,” FSB Deputy Director Alexander Malyovanyi said at a ceremony on Friday where President Putin met senior officers who had received new appointments and had been promoted to higher military ranks.
“Under these circumstances we are drawing up and implementing offensive counter-intelligence and intelligence measures aimed at thwarting such aspirations,” Malyovanyi went on to say, pledging to protect Russian nationals from radicals and extremists penetrating into Russia, including in the newly-formed Crimean Federal District.
He added that this year the Russian Federal Security Service had prevented 14 terror-linked crimes and liquidated 76 terrorists and their chieftains who put up armed resistance in the North Caucasus; 235 militants and their accomplices were detained.
“The Russian Federal Security Service continues fighting underground terrorist groups in North Caucasus with an aim to normalize the situation. We are doing everything possible to ensure effective functioning of state power bodies and the region’s economic development as well as constitutional rights of its citizens. We are going to fulfill these tasks,” the FSB deputy director said.