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 Putin to FSB: If Someone Stops Russia’s Integration Processes We Will Use Force

Russian President Vladimir Putin is confident that the integration of the former Soviet Republics cannot be stopped despite the shouts from outside.

This was stated by Putin at an expanded meeting of the Federal Security Service of Russia on the results of its work in 2012, reports UNIAN.

"We have heard a number of recent, frank, nervous, frankly irritating statements regarding the integration processes in the post-Soviet territories. We will regard them as emotional rhetoric of the politicians. Tight integration is an objective world process. And no shouts or pushes including in our territories cannot stop it," Putin said.

He noted that Russia faces attempts to impede integration work.

According to him, a variety of pressure tools, including mechanisms of the so-called "soft power may be used.

Putin stressed that the sovereign right of Russia and its partners to build and develop its integration project should be well protected.

"I ask you here to work closely with your colleagues and partners from Belarus, Kazakhstan and other countries that are involved in the various integration processes," he said.

In addition, Putin stressed that any direct or indirect interference in Russia's internal affairs, and any form of pressure on Russia, the Russian allies and partners is unacceptable.

As it was reported, on December 6, 2012 then U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said that the suppression of opposition sentiment in Eastern Europe and Central Asia could lead to a new "Sovietization" of these countries. According to her, the process of "Sovietization" may be represented by such names as the Customs Union and the Eurasian Union. "We cannot make a mistake. We know the goal, and we're trying to find an effective way to slow or prevent this process," said Clinton.

 
 
 
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