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Putin tells officials to coordinate all state defense order contracts

September 05, 2011, 18:05 UTC+3
"We don't need reports on the assimilation of trillions or billions of rubles, we need certain amounts of aircraft and ships," he said
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CHEREPOVETS, September 5 (Itar-Tass) — Russia's Prime Minister Vladimir Putin has made a demand that government officials round up coordination of agreements on the state defense order in aviation and shipbuilding before the end of the week.

"I hope the process of coordination will be over this week in what concerns both aviation and shipbuilding," he said in the city of Cherepovets, some 350 kilometers north off Moscow, as he addressed a conference of the United Russia party members living in the regions of Russia's Northwest Federal District.

"We don't need reports on the assimilation of trillions or billions of rubles, we need certain amounts of aircraft and ships," he said.

He complained over the failure of the Defense Ministry and the manufacturers to end their disputes around the state defense order by September 1.

Putin recalled that the Russian government is allocating huge funds for national defense.

“The allocations will stand at 20 trillion rubles /USD 1=RUB 29.0/ in the period through to 2020,” he said. “Nothing of the kind has been allocated since the Soviet era when all the funds were pumped into the defense sector.”

Putin added that the cost-accounting of the manufacturing facilities should also be kept in mind, too, and it should be guaranteed at a level not lower than 15%.

This would make it possible to ensure the reserves for development and to pay decent salaries and wages.

On the spending for the Navy, Putin said it is expected to total 4.7 trillion rubles through to the year 2020.

He specially mentioned the nuclear submarine Yuri Dolgoruki /Duke Yuri the Long Arms, the supreme ruler of Kievan Rus who founded the city of Moscow in 1147/, saying it will be transferred to the Pacific Fleet before the end of this year.

The Pacific Fleet is one of the five major territorial divisions of the Russian Navy, the other four being the North Fleet, the Baltic Fleet, the Black Sea Fleet, and the Caspian Flotilla.

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