Putin urges FSB not to lose concentration in N. Caucasus

Russian President Vladimir Putin has urged the Federal Security Service (FSB) not to lose concentration in the North Caucasus, where a significant number of terrorist crimes are still being recorded, and called on the drug control agencies to be able to respond appropriately to possible growth in the amount of illegal drugs shipped from Afghanistan following the planned pullout of international security forces from there.

"You can't lose concentration in the North Caucasus Federal District. After all, it is there that a significant number of terrorist crimes are recorded," Putin said at a ceremony of introducing top-ranking officers on Tuesday.

The president called for improving the quality of operational work and coordination between law enforcement agencies and special services in general. "Counterintelligence activities and protection of strategic infrastructure and classified information are also priorities for the FSB," Putin said. As concerns the Border Service, it should improve the efficiency of guarding borders, including through more optimal distribution of forces and resources, he said.

Putin also called on officers from the drug control agencies to be ready for drug trafficking from Afghanistan could grow soon.

"Experts suggest - and we also understand it very well ourselves - that, after the International Security Assistance Force leaves Afghanistan, the flow of drugs to Russia from the south may grow, and your service, along with your colleagues from other agencies, should be ready to respond to this threat appropriately," Putin said.

He insisted on working more actively and systemically to prevent drug addiction and provide social rehabilitation of those who suffer from it.

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