PATRUSHEV: RUSSIA WOULD NOT BE SEEN AS A STRONG ALLY

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MOSCOW, May 12 (RIA Novosti) - There are forces in the West interested in weakening the Russian positions on the ex-USSR space.

"Certain political forces in the West in the best cold-war traditions apply the double-standards policy with regard to Russia. They purposefully and consistently seek to weaken Russia's influence on the post-Soviet space," Federal Security Service (FSB) director Nikolai Patrushev told the lower house of parliament.

One confirmation is the developments in Georgia, Ukraine and other countries, Patrushev said.

"Russia is unwanted as a strong ally," he said.

The FSB director added that, economically, many foreign countries are not even interested in stability in Russia. According to Patrushev, foreign countries are practicing about 60 antidumping laws, whose total damage for Russia comes up to $5-6 billion.

In the FSB figures, up to 2.5 million foreign nationals may be found in the territory of the Russian Federation. Patrushev said that illegal immigration is a negative effect of globalization and a real threat to the national security of Russia and many economically advanced countries.

"There is a real danger of using channels of illegal immigration for penetration into Russia by members of terrorist organizations, arms and drug trafficking," he said.

Last year the FSB border service detained over 5,000 trespassers of the state border; 500 foreign nationals were denied entry into Russia, Patrushev said.

He also stressed that a stronger protection of the state borders is required to prevent the penetration of members of terrorist organizations into the Russian territory.

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