“The situation in the world and internal political interests require the Foreign Intelligence Service to permanently increase its capabilities, primarily in the field of information and analytical support for the country’s leadership,” said Putin.
Or, to put it another way: ‘we need more spies’.
Which is probably a good idea, considering that Spain have just uncovered a Russian double agent operating within Spanish intelligence:
The suspect, Robert Flores Garcia, was arrested Monday morning at his home on Tenerife Island in Spain’s Canary Islands. He passed secrets in exchange for hefty payments from December 2001 to February 2004, said the spy chief, Alberto Saiz, head of the National Intelligence Agency (known by its Spanish initials CNI).[…] The suspect allegedly revealed the names of dozens of Spanish spies, possibly including the seven Spanish spies killed in an ambush south of Baghdad in November 2003, Saiz said.
Yet another EU country with soon-to-be frosty relations with Russa.