Putin: Threat from outside forces to destabilize situation in Crimea persists

Outside threats to destabilize the situation in Crimea persist, personnel are being trained to carry out subversive activities and other sabotage, these risks should be taken into account, Russian President Vladimir Putin said at a meeting on security in Crimea on Aug. 19.

Outside threats to destabilize the situation in Crimea persist, personnel are being trained to carry out subversive activities and other sabotage, these risks should be taken into account, Russian President Vladimir Putin said at a meeting on security in Crimea on Aug. 19.

"Obviously, the threat from the outside forces to destabilize the situation on the peninsula this way or another persists. It may be attempts to play the nationalist card, or take advantage of some mistakes, flaws and ineffective actions taken by the authorities to put citizens' fair concerns on a destructive path," the president said.

He said "they are speaking about it frankly in some capitals, and they speak about the need to conduct sabotage activities, form appropriate structures, recruit and train personnel fro subversive activities and acts of sabotage for radical propaganda."

Putin believes the purpose of these actions is obvious: "To destabilize the situation, to prevent people's normal life and the socio-economic development of the region."

"All these risks need to be taken into account and both federal and local authorities should react appropriately. He pointed out that "nothing should be exaggerated here, no tensions should be increased, but everything should be taken into account and we should appropriately be ready and react fast."

The meeting on coordination of activities of Russian law enforcement agencies and the administrations of the Republic of Crimea and Sevastopol to ensure law and order on the peninsula was attended by Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev, Kremlin administration chief Sergei Ivanov, Russian Security Council Secretary Nikolai Patrushev, Federal Security Service Director Alexander Bortnikov, Investigative Committee Chairman Alexander Bastrykin, some government officials, and regional officials.

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