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Russian President Vladimir Putin speaks during a ceremony to present the 2017 State Awards for Outstanding Achievements in Human Rights and Charity Work at the Kremlin in Moscow, Russia December 18, 2017. REUTERS/Yuri Kochetkov/Pool

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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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