Putin orders strengthening of Russian military

President Vladimir Putin vowed Wednesday to strengthen Russia's military capability and intensify spying abroad in response to US plans to build missile defense sites and deploy troops in Eastern Europe. "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," Putin said at a meeting with senior military and security officers in the Kremlin, according to the ITAR-Tass, Interfax and RIA Novosti news agencies. The Foreign Intelligence Service, known under its Russian acronym SVR, is a successor agency to the KGB. Putin did not identify specific nations as targets, but officials in the United States and Britain have said recently that Moscow has intensified its spying in those countries.