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Russia builds up army’s west-oriented combat potential

November 25, 2015, 12:31 UTC+3 MOSCOW
According to the military official, the air and space force of the western military district stationed in the Leningrad Region has been armed with the newest air defense missile complex S-400 Triumph
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S-400 Triumph air defense missile complex

S-400 Triumph air defense missile complex

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MOSCOW, November 25. /TASS/. Russia is building up the combat potential of its West-oriented armed forces and has created homogenous radar coverage there, the chief of the western military district’s press-service, Oleg Kochetkov, has said. According to the official, the air and space force of the western military district stationed in the Leningrad Region has been armed with the newest air defense missile complex S-400 Triumph.

"The new systems have already entered combat duty to guard Russia’s northwestern borders," he said, adding that the Leningrad Region’s air defense unit has been fully rearmed with S-400 systems, meant for destroying all types of modern and future air and space attack weapons.

According to the district’s official, in 2014-2015 the western military district’s air and space defense system was rearmed with modern radar and air defense systems.

"Diversified combat equipment currently at the disposal of the air and space force of the western military district has allowed for providing full radar coverage in the area of responsibility," Kochetkov said.

On Tuesday, the Belarussian Council of Ministers approved of a draft inter-governmental agreement with Russia on joint technical support for the regional group of the two countries’ forces as a basis for negotiations. The text of the draft has not been published.

By now Moscow and Minsk have created a common military space encompassing the regional group of troops and a unified regional air defense system.

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