Does this seem like it’s coming out of nowhere to you? Is he serious?
MOSCOW – RUSSIAN Prime Minister Vladimir Putin warned that any attempt to destabilise Russia would be firmly dealt with as the country marked its national day on Saturday honouring the security services.
‘Any attempts to weaken or destabilise Russia, damage the country’s interests and its citizens will be toughly suppressed’ Mr Putin told a meeting of top security officials and spies in the Kremlin Friday night.
Mr Putin, himself a former KGB officer, did not specify who might pose a threat to Russia but the message could be addressed both to Western security services and opposition at home.
As the economic crisis broadens in Russia, avoiding mass-scale social unrest is a top priority for the Kremlin. [more]