Putin accuses West of plotting to kill Russian journalists

Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Monday that his main spy agency had thwarted what he put forward as a Western plot to assassinate a prominent Russian journalist.

“This morning, the federal security service stopped the activities of a terrorist group that was planning to attack and kill a famous Russian TV journalist,” Putin told prosecutors.

“They have gone over to terror – to prepare for the assassination of our journalists,” Putin said.

He did not immediately provide evidence in support of his claims. Reuters was unable to immediately confirm the allegations.

The Interfax news agency said members of a nationalist group had been detained by Russian authorities. said Interfax. the group, acting on orders from Ukrainian spies, planned to assassinate Russian journalist Vladimir Solovyev.

Putin said the West was trying to destroy Russia from within, but that such attempts would fail. He said the US Central Intelligence Agency was directing attempts to undermine Russia and advising the Ukrainian government.

Putin also said that foreign media organizations and social media had been used by the West to make provocations against Russia’s armed forces. Such actions, he said, should be stopped.

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