Russian Safety Council Secretary Nikolai Patrushev, a detailed ally of President Vladimir Putin, mentioned on Tuesday that the West was attempting to cleave Russia aside and aimed to wipe it from the political map of the world.

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“Within the face of rising army threats, it is vital for us to have such armed forces and particular companies in order that Russia’s adversaries wouldn’t even assume they might combat us,” Patrushev instructed the Argumenti i Fakti newspaper.