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    Putin: Legitimate Power's Flaws No Reason to Destroy Statehood From Outside

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    A national government's drawbacks are not a reason to destroy the country's statehood from outside, according to the Russian president.

    VLADIVOSTOK (Sputnik) — It is unacceptable for foreign nations to orchestrate anti-government protests in a country even if its state system seems to be imperfect, Russian President Vladimir Putin said in a documentary aired Sunday.

    "The most important is not undermine legitimate governments, not to destroy their statehood even if it appears to be imperfect," Putin said in an interview to aired on Rossiya 1 television channel.

    He added that providing assistance to an opposition inside a country was possible without violating international law.

    "What could be done without violating international law? To help those forces inside the country, that promote your values, by lawful means. To help even financially, by providing information, politically," Putin said, adding that orchestrating protests from outside was inadmissible.

    According to the Russian president, political "nouveaux riches" recently emerged on the international arena "have lost a sense of reality," but it will end soon, as some countries and nations "will never accept a secondary role, a role of an occupied country."

    Putin also expressed his negative attitude toward countries that were trying to promote their stance by use of force to extend their leadership.

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