The Russian president’s comments came after the EU agreed to sanction those responsible for the “arrest, sentencing and persecution” of Mr Navalny. Analysts have said relations between Russia and the West are approaching their lowest point since the Cold War.
President Putin spoke to the Federal Security Services (FSB) in an annual address on Wednesday.
He said the West is “trying to shackle us with economic and other sanctions”.
Mr Putin added: "We are faced with the so-called policy of containing Russia.
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Vladimir Putin has accused the West of “trying to shackle” Russia (Image: getty)
Vladimir Putin spoke to the Federal Security Services (FSB) in an annual address on Wednesday (Image: getty)
The Russian president claimed the West is employing tools "from the arsenal of the special services".
He added that efforts were aimed at "provoking internal instability to undermine the values that unite Russian society and ultimately weaken Russia and bring it under external control”.
Earlier this month, Mr Putin accused Western countries of using Mr Navalny to attempt to contain Russia.
According to analysts, the term connotes the US strategy towards the Soviet Union during the Cold War.
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Alexei Navalny is serving a prison sentence widely viewed as punishment for his opposition activism (Image: getty)
In his speech to the FSB, he urged the domestic intelligence agency to make the Western threat a priority in its work this year as well as countering terrorism.
He said: "The suppression of any attempts from the outside to usurp the right of the people of Russia to determine their future should also be in