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MOSCOW, January 12 (Itar-Tass) — Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin has promised to continue “drastic modernization of the armed forces” if elected president.
“We will equip the troops with new, advanced arms: special attention will be paid to maximal protection of the personnel both on the battlefield and in time of peace,” he said in his draft election program placed on the presidential candidate’s website www.putin2012.ru
“Our armed forces should be able to repel the whole range of possible external threats, we need in the highest degree combat-effective, professional and mobile army and fleet,” he said.
“The combat readiness of the army and the fleet will grow not by means of building up the personnel, but through improving the quality of training of servicemen and the use of modern technologies,” Putin said.
“As it is well known, scientific research gives a huge feedback not only in defense, but also in economic areas,” he said.