Russian president accuses Western security services of deliberately trying to destabilise the country before elections

President Vladimir Putin has accused Western spies of plotting to undermine his rule and trying to ‘destabilise’ Russia before the elections.

Public organisations are being used by Western security services to achieve their own goals, the Russian president said at a meeting of the Federal Security Service earlier today.

He vowed that Russia would stand firm in the face of what he described as attempts to isolate the country politically and economically following the Ukrainian crisis.

In the speech he said: ‘The attempts by Western security services to use public, non-governmental organisations and non-political groups for their own benefit, mostly to discredit the authorities and destabilise the situation in Russia, have not stopped.

‘Actions are being planned for the time before the election campaigns in 2016 and 2018’…