Putin: No one can intimidate or isolate RussiaStaff writer ▼ | December 22, 2014
President Vladimir Putin has warned that no country can "intimidate" or "isolate" Russia.
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Mr. Putin, in an address to mark the national holiday of Employees and Veterans of Russia's Security Forces said: "Of course, no one will be able to intimidate us, or contain and isolate Russia. No one has ever been able to and no one ever will."
He called for improvement of Russia's secret services to tackle "modern challenges and threats" amid tensions with the West over the Moscow's role in the Ukrainian crisis.
Putin said the most important tasks for Russia's intelligence services were the fight against global terrorism and the prevention of "any attempts of foreign special services to deal a blow to Russia and her political and economic interests." ■