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Putin: Russia to increase defence and security capabilities

February 21, 2014, 7:33 UTC+3 MOSCOW
“We will continue to increase the potential of our Armed Forces and all organisations responsible for the country’s security”, he said
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MOSCOW, February 21, 7:10 /ITAR-TASS/. ass) - Russia will continue to increase the potential of its Armed Forces and all security forces, President Vladimir Putin said at a meeting marking Defender of the Fatherland Day, which is traditionally celebrated in Russia on February 23.

“We will continue to increase the potential of our Armed Forces and all organisations responsible for the country’s security,” he said.

He noted that “we are consistently working on the new features of the Armed Forces. The quality of troop management and their training have improved. We have raised the potential of our aerospace defence system and navy. The troops are being regularly supplied with the latest armaments.”

The president vowed “to provide housing and improve the healthcare system; we will create an up-to-date and comfortable infrastructure in military towns and will generally raise the social status of our servicemen.”

He stressed that “the prestige of military service does not rest solely on the state. It is formed by the system itself, by the servicemen, and primarily by the officers, who have always been a pillar of the Army and Navy, of Russia itself.”

Putin believes that the success of modernisation of the Armed Forces “is directly linked to their competence and persistence, their ability to think progressively and to implement tasks efficiently. Today’s generation of Russian officers faces tasks on a new level. They undoubtedly serve as an example of a responsible and honest attitude to the fate of the entire nation.

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