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Putin to sum up results of traditional series of defense meetings

May 13, 9:24 UTC+3 SOCHI
The Russian president has been holding meetings with military leaders and heads of defense enterprises on a daily basis this week beginning Tuesday
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SOCHI, May 13. /TASS/. Russian President Vladimir Putin will hold in Sochi on Friday a final meeting in the traditional series of events dedicated to the development of the domestic military-industrial complex. He has held meetings with military leaders and heads of defense enterprises on a daily basis this week beginning Tuesday.

Russian presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov earlier said that the final discussion of defense industry issues was scheduled for May 13.

The first meeting in the current series focused on the results of using Russian Aerospace Forces and Navy during the anti-terrorist operation in Syria. The participants in the second meeting held on Wednesday discussed, above all, the advanced precision weaponry. According to Putin, more than 70% of the funds of the relevant state program is allocated for the purpose.

The presidential spokesman noted that on Thursday "several meetings were actually held simultaneously," where various aspects of the implementation of the state defense order were discussed. During the part of the event open for reporters the supreme commander said the government would continue developing the capacities of Russia’s defense enterprises. He noted that in 2015 the State Defense Order had been fulfilled by 97% ordering to look into the causes for individual contract failures.

Putin is holding such a "defense week" for the seventh time since 2013. According to Peskov, such immersion in defense issues makes it possible for the Russian president to reveal the current problems of the Russian military-industrial complex without being distracted by the hustle and bustle of everyday schedule and find ways of solving them.

Over the past few years, more than 200 orders have been formulated after such consultations, 150 of them have been executed, and the implementation of the remaining one is proceeding in accordance with the established deadlines.

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