Moscow: Prime Minister Vladimir Putin on Saturday asked Russia`s foreign spy agency to step up economic espionage to help in the modernisation of Russian economy.
Putin asked Foreign Intelligence Service (SVR) to help in the modernisation of Russian economy, albeit it should refrain from the violation of the laws of foreign lands.
"At a time when we are facing problems related to the modernisation of the economy, assistance from the intelligence, will not be surplus," Putin said in a recorded interview to the weekly "Vesti on Saturday" programme of the State TV channel Rossiya 1.
"It is necessary for focusing on promising sectors (of economy)," he underscored.
Putin, a former officer of the KGB`s foreign intelligence wing, said that other spy agencies work promptly in intercepting modern and prospective pilot projects of interest to them.
He, however, said this work of SVR should not lead to the violation of the laws of the foreign states.