Putin says will take tough steps to guard interests in Arctic

MOSCOW Thu Dec 19, 2013 4:41am EST

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MOSCOW Dec 19 (Reuters) - Russia will take tough steps to guard against any attempts by environmental groups like Greenpeace to interfere in its development of the Arctic, President Vladimir Putin said on Thursday.

Putin said Greenpeace activists arrested for a protest at a drilling platform in September may have been carrying out instructions to undermine Russia's efforts to develop Arctic energy resources, suggesting governments could have been behind it but naming no nation. (Reporting by Alexei Anishchuk; Writing by Alissa de Carbonnel; Editing by Steve Gutterman)

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