Putin orders stronger defence against ‘traitors, spies and saboteurs’

Russian president rallies security services against foreign intelligence and ‘attempts to violate’ border

Liam James
Tuesday 20 December 2022 00:53 GMT
<p>Putin in Minsk on Monday </p>

Putin in Minsk on Monday

Russian president Vladimir Putin has ordered the strengthening of his coutry’s borders and instructed security services to step up defences against “traitors, spies and saboteurs”, according to state media.

Reports also said that Mr Putin told the Federal Security Bureau (FSB) it must protect people in the Ukrainian regions claimed by Russia in September, promising agents “modern equipment and weapons” for the cause.

“[The border] must be reliably covered,” the RIA news agency quoted him as saying. “Any attempts to violate it must be thwarted quickly and effectively using whatever forces and means we have at our disposal, including mobile action units and special forces.”

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