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Czech Republic fears of Russian intelligence

March 18 2008

Czech authorities in 2008 intend to increase the number of employees of the country's intelligence agency for allegedly growing threat from Russia.

The Czech government, which came to power in January last year, considers necessary to protect against the Russian energy sector, the report says the Czech Interior Ministry. Russia is a major supplier of energy in this country.

According to the report of the Czech Interior Ministry, the number of employees will be increased due to new agents and analysts.

"Exploration is forced to increase the staff of agents and operatives in connection with the fact that supply and energy prices are becoming a tool of Russian foreign policy, including attempts to control or use the main energy companies Czech Republic" - the report says the Czech Interior Ministry.

Bohemia and some neighboring states in Eastern Europe are active consumers of Russian energy.

Russia has repeatedly refuted the allegations of the use of energy in the country's foreign policy. As stated Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, the approval of energy blackmail by Russia have no foundation, reports RIA Novosti .

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