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Nov 20, 11:04 AM EST

Putin: Extremist groups could threaten Russia

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MOSCOW (AP) -- President Vladimir Putin is warning that extremist groups being manipulated from abroad could try to destabilize Russia, a statement that comes amid tensions with the West over Ukraine.

While Putin didn't name any specific country, he previously has accused the United States and its Western allies of fueling mass uprisings that toppled unpopular regimes in ex-Soviet nations, Africa and the Middle East.

Addressing Thursday's meeting of his Security Council, Putin said extremist groups often have been used as "an instrument for geopolitics and re-distribution of spheres of influences." He argued that the world's color-coded revolutions resulted from foreign meddling.

Putin said those developments were "a lesson and a warning for us, and we must do everything necessary so that it will never happen in Russia."

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