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    President Putin said that Russia would defend its sovereignty and integrity, while ensuring security of its allies.

    MOSCOW, November 26 (Sputnik) — Russia will resist any attempts to draw it in geopolitical games or conflicts, but will do everything to ensure its sovereignty and integrity, President Vladimir Putin said Wednesday.

    "We are not threatening anyone and we have no intentions to get involved into geopolitical games, intrigue let alone conflicts, no matter who tries to draw us into them and how hard they try," Putin said at a meeting with top military brass in Russia's Black Sea resort of Sochi.

    "At the same time, we must safeguard Russia's sovereignty and integrity, while ensuring security of our allies," Putin stressed.

    Geopolitical tensions have escalated considerably in the last few months amid the ongoing crisis in Ukraine. Russia has been repeatedly accused of meddling in Ukrainian affairs by Western countries, the claims that Russia denies.

    In October, Vladimir Putin stated that the global security system was seriously weakened and the world was going through a very difficult period. The president also accused the United States of taking steps that aggravate the imbalance of power following the Cold War.

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