MOSCOW, July 22 (Xinhua) -- Russian President Vladimir Putin said Tuesday that his country currently does not see any military threat to its sovereignty and territorial integrity, but that the country faces economic pressure.
Speaking at a National Security Council meeting, Putin warned that although there was no direct military threat to the Russian sovereignty, there were international attempts to destabilize the country.
"The language of sanction has currently been used more often, and the very definition of the state sovereignty has been diluted," the RIA Novosti news agency quoted Putin as saying.
Putin added that there were attempts to destabilize the independently thinking governments using various means, including state coups.
He also said Moscow saw clear signs of NATO beefing up its presence in eastern Europe, warning that Russia will adequately and proportionally react to the "demonstrative" activity.
Putin stressed that the Russian government must consider taking extra measures to protect the economy from external political risks.
"I think that we should think of additional steps to decrease the dependency of national economy and financial system on unfavorable external factors, not only the instability of global markets but also possible political risks," Putin said.