Every year, Russian President Vladimir Putin presides the Federal Security Service board meeting that reviews the results of the operations carried out in the previous year and sets up the priority targets for the present year. Putin started his speech by quickly describing the global strategic landscape. Putin cited tensions in the Middle East and the situation in Ukraine as the two main reasons behind world security’s deterioration. “Russia is making significant efforts to reconcile the parties and normalize the situation,” Putin said.
However Russia’s “independent policy and even attempts to help those in need, including in Ukraine and some other areas, are causing outright irritation,” the Russian leader added. To sum up, the situation will necessarily change at some point in the future, “for the better” Putin hopes, but nobody will ever intimidate Russia, he warned. NATO’s attempts to question nuclear parity; and terrorism are the two main threats against Russia’s national security. In 2014, the Russian security services halted the activity of 52 officers and 290 agents of foreign special services. A few positive trends have emerged in the terrorism area, Putin explained, since “there were 2.6 times fewer terrorist-related crimes in 2014 than in 2013,” he said.