Naryshkin told how Russian intelligence rejected the term "main enemy"

Sergei Naryshkin, director of the Russian Foreign Intelligence Service

© APA | Sergei Naryshkin, director of the Russian Foreign Intelligence Service

# 15 December 2021 11:28 (UTC +04:00)

Russian intelligence abandoned the term “main enemy” after the collapse of the USSR, now it formulates the priorities of its work, proceeding from the degree of threats to Russia, said Sergei Naryshkin, director of the Russian Foreign Intelligence Service, APA's correspondent in Moscow reports.

“The concept of” main enemy “was formed in the era of a bipolar system of the world. Russian intelligence rejected this somewhat simplified, but once useful definition after the collapse of the Soviet Union, the emergence of new threats and challenges to the security and peaceful development of Russia,” Naryshkin said in an interview with the newspaper “Arguments and Facts” on the eve of the 101st anniversary of the creation of the SVR, celebrated on December 20.

“Such threats include not only international terrorism, but also regional conflicts and, of course, the incessant attempts of the collective West to undermine the internal stability of Russia and our friendly countries,” Naryshkin added.

Depending on the degree of danger of these and other threats, Russian intelligence formulates the priorities of its work, determining, among other things, who is the enemy today and how to neutralize his hostile aspirations, he explained.

“In a broader sense, intelligence in its activities is aimed at realizing the strategic interests of the Russian state and is guided by the instructions of the President of Russia,” Naryshkin said.

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