While visiting the headquarters of the Foreign Intelligence Service (SVR) to celebrate the 95th anniversary of Russian illegal intelligence, President Vladimir Putin underlined the challenges currently faced by Russia.
Citing a rise in foreign intelligence activity directed against Russia, Putin listed “innovative methods of collecting and falsifying information, cyberattacks, and attempts to recruit agents” with a view to “influencing the political and social processes” in the country. That’s why Russia “will continue to improve and expand its intelligence capacity, and technical and operational capabilities,” Putin said.
At another reception in honor of around 700 military academies’ graduates at the Kremlin, Putin described the international situation as “complex” and took involvement in Syria as a demonstration of Russia’s strengthened military capability.
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