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Putin to continue series of meetings with military officials

November 17, 2016, 3:27 UTC+3 SOCHI

On Wednesday, November 16, Putin discussed with military officials the development of the Russian Armed Forces

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SOCHI, November 17. /TASS/. Russian President Vladimir Putin will continue a series of meetings with the Defense Ministry’s leadership on Thursday and hold a traditional session with permanent members of the Russian Security Council, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told journalists.

"(On Thursday) another session of consultations will take place (on military topics). (It is planned to discuss) issues of mobilization readiness, the state of affairs with reserving, with the government reserve. That is, detailed work will continue," Peskov said.

He added that Putin will also hold a meeting with permanent members of the Russian Security Council on Thursday. The Kremlin spokesman did not specify whether Putin and Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev, permanent member of the Security Council, may discuss possible candidates for the post of the economic development minister at the meeting. "I don’t know. The regular Security Council meeting will be held, just as planned," he noted.

On Wednesday, November 16, Putin discussed with military officials the development of the Russian Armed Forces and put forward the task of using the experience obtained in Syria in army training and creating new generation weapons. The Russian president also stressed that development and equipment of the Russian Armed Forces should be carried out in strict compliance with the principle of reasonable sufficiency and in accordance with the state’s economic capabilities with necessary implementation of existing plans on ensuring certain economic growth rates, developing civilians spheres of production and fulfilling social commitments of the state to its citizens.

The week of meetings on defense that started on November 15 is the eighth such week. The format of "defense industry week" was first tried in 2013. The last series of meetings on defense was held on May 10-13 in Sochi. On Tuesday, Putin said that this format "allows to find resolution for those problems that arise in our work (in the spheres of defense and military-industrial complex).".

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