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KHIMKI /Moscow Region/, October 7. /TASS/. People working on strengthening Russia’s defense capacity are to be a backbone force behind the president and diplomats working in a difficult international situation, Russia’s Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin said on Tuesday.
“At this stage of the development of the defense sector, it is necessary to build up these corporate interests, it is vitally important (for people working in the defense sector) to feel a separate social class,” Rogozin said at a government meeting dedicated to problems of the implementation of the state defense order. In the early 1990s, he noted, this role had been played by the creative liberal class. “Now, it is time for those who create actual material values, those who work to build up the state’s power and strength.”
He said that these people should be a backbone of the authorities. “They should be a backbone of the president who is leading the country with confidence in a very difficult situation,” Rogozin said. Western countries trying to come down on Russia with their sanctions are “seeking to accuse Russia of the sins it had never committed.”
“It is important for decision-makers, diplomats and politicians to feel support from the army, the navy and the defense sector, since it is physical strength, obvious might of the state will make it possible for it to stand the trials, where diplomats and politicians must do their job and you (workers of the defense sector) must do yours,” he stressed, adding that Russia’s independence would help it unite other states around it.