Putin warns against letting West use anti-Kremlin groups

MOSCOW Mon Apr 7, 2014 7:09am EDT

Russia's President Vladimir Putin delivers a speech during a session of the board of the FSB security service in Moscow April 7, 2014. REUTERS/Mikhail Klimetyev/RIA Novosti/Kremlin

Russia's President Vladimir Putin delivers a speech during a session of the board of the FSB security service in Moscow April 7, 2014.

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MOSCOW (Reuters) - President Vladimir Putin told the FSB security service on Monday to ensure Russia did not follow what he said was Ukraine's example by letting the West use local groups for "destructive" purposes.

Putin's remarks signaled his lingering concern that the West could use non-governmental organizations to fuel dissent in Russia, despite a clampdown on groups funded from abroad since big protests against him in the winter of 2011-12.

He also urged the FSB, the main successor to the Soviet KGB security police, not to drop its guard against militant attacks following the Sochi Winter Olympics and to strengthen vigilance in the Arctic and to the south to prevent attacks on Russia.

"We must clearly differentiate between legal opposition activity, as is in every democratic country, and extremism, which is built on hatred, inciting national and international discord, and defying the law and the constitution," Russian media quoted Putin as telling a meeting of FSB leaders.

"We need to tell the difference between civilized opponents of the authorities and the serving of foreign national interests that harm our country," he said.

Russia has accused the West of supporting protests in Kiev that brought down Ukraine's pro-Russia president, Viktor Yanukovich. The West has dismissed the accusations.

(Reporting by Timothy Heritage; Editing by Steve Gutterman)

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Comments (5)
WestFlorida wrote:
There is a sense that the rebellion against the oligarchy controlled state is spreading Eastwards, but it is unlikely this will succeed, instead a pro-Russian wave is being generated Westwards. I classic struggle of ideology, or sorts, but rather than ideology, it is simply a raw struggle for power. Gazprom has destroyed more wealth than any company in history, and while watching these events in the news, its shareholders are weeping.

Apr 07, 2014 7:45am EDT  --  Report as abuse
ProUK wrote:
Methinks Vladimer is concerned his chickens are coming home to roost.

Apr 07, 2014 9:47am EDT  --  Report as abuse
SKYDRIFTER wrote:
Can anyone hear the economic dominoes falling? Putin is reversing the “International Reaganomics” which collapsed the Soviet Union.

It’s more likely that Putin is secretly instigating a level of instability in Ukraine, which will torpedo the pending IMF loan. That would be far more effective than a Russian military invasion.

In the background, Putin is listening in on every electronic communication in at least Ukraine.

By implication, Putin is threatening to hold the European gas supply hostage; ready to argue that Ukraine is stealing the volume ‘difference.’ Thus, looking ahead to winter, the EU may become the unwilling partner to Putin’s “scheme” – just to ensure their gas supply.

Putin is maneuvering to force the EU to go to Ukraine’s (damned expensive) rescue – which they can’t. However, the EU is flirting with collapse, as it is. These latest events in the “Ukraine Crisis” will immediately sway the upcoming EU Parliamentary election, for starters.

In the periphery, Putin is also inducing radically higher European and American expenses, via any and all NATO responses to just the “Ukraine Crisis.” The European NATO members (read: “EU”), in particular, can’t afford the “added” expense, for very long.

Internally, Ukraine has to be going crazy at this latest set of events. The ‘chaos’ will affect the effort to assemble the “new” Ukraine government; and the associated elections. The greatest threat is that the process will be dragged out for long enough to put Ukraine under an increasingly larger economic hammer – with “winter” waiting to happen.

The apparent ‘end-game’ is for the “West” to lose so much control that only Putin can assist Ukraine’s economic problems – with the “West” ultimately referring Ukraine to Russia for their survival.

But then, what is Putin’s next ‘project?’ With the resources of the “West” having been expended on Ukraine; there’s nothing significant left to block any move that Putin wants to make.

As the “Ukraine Crisis” plays out, the EU countries will be desperate to restore their economic ties to Russia – if the EU doesn’t first collapse, with all obvious associated problems.

Obama and the Gang started this Ukraine mess – and got ‘busted’ in the process. How long will it be, until the EU is forced to turn on Obama; and the entire USA? And, to what effect?

So, what’s next? Are the “new” Ukrainian government forces going to open fire on (Russian speaking) Ukrainians – making the previous government look like Boy Scouts? Putin might not intend to send in Russian troops; but is anyone really sure? What is going to happen, in the meantime?

Stay tuned!

Apr 07, 2014 5:18pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
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