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Shoigu instructs General Staff to be wary of Prompt Global Strike concept

December 16, 2013, 12:55 UTC+3 MOSCOW

Defense Minister issued orders stemming from Putin's address to the Federal Assembly regarding Russia's defense potential

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© ITAR-TASS/Russian Defense Ministry's press service

MOSCOW, December 16. /ITAR-TASS/. Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu has instructed Russia’s General Staff to take into account the threats related to “Prompt Global Strike” and missile defense while working out a new defense plan.

“It is necessary to resolve the following issues: the General Staff should take into account the threats and challenges related to ‘Prompt Global Strike’ and missile defense while working out a new defense plan,” Shoigu said at a meeting with senior officers of the Russian Armed Forces on Monday.

The meeting was devoted to implementing President Vladimir Putin’s instructions in the nationwide address to the Federal Assembly.

Shoigu said the manning level should be not lower than 95 percent.

In addition, he said the number of contract soldiers should be amounted to 241,000 people.

The minister instructed the Defense Ministry to specify the number of long-range cruise missiles, which will be purchased by the ministry, and prioritize the production of long-range precision weapons.

Shoigu instructed the General Staff to work out a draft guideline by December 25 to improve the military infrastructure and deploy military units in the Arctic region.

The minister also instructed to create an interface unit within a national defence centre, which is being set up, in order to form a common reconnaissance and information space.

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