December 19, 2017 / 8:21 AM / a year ago

Russia's Putin says ex-Soviet countries threatened by militants - RIA

Russian President Vladimir Putin (front) delivers a speech during a forum of the All-Russia People's Front movement in Moscow, Russia December 19, 2017. REUTERS/Sergei Karpukhin

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Tuesday that former Soviet countries were being threatened by militants using Central Asia and the Middle East as a springboard for expansion, the RIA news agency reported.

Reporting by Gabrielle Tétrault-Farber; Editing by Maria Kiselyova

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