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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Yeltsin, Putin on KGB

MOSCOW -- President Boris Yeltsin and Prime Minister Vladimir Putin, in line with Russia's current hard-line mood, heaped praise on the Soviet-era KGB secret service and its successors.

"Several years ago, we fell prey to an illusion that we have no enemies," Itar-Tass quoted Putin as telling a meeting of top security officials Saturday, marking the Day of Security Bodies.

"We have paid dearly for this," Putin said. "Russia has its own national interests, and we have to defend them."

On Saturday, Yeltsin sent a special message to security bodies, the Kremlin press service said. "The history of the Federal Security Service [the biggest successor body to the KGB] is part of the country's history. Brilliant victories and bitter defeats are inseparable in it," the message said.