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Russia has no aggressive plans, but army’s consistent development will continue — Putin

June 25, 2015, 15:17 UTC+3 MOSCOW
A strong army that is equipped with modern weapons, is a gurantor of sovereignty and territorial integrity of Russia, President Putin said
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MOSCOW, June 25. /TASS/. Russian President Vladimir Putin has said that Russia has no aggressive plans and poses no threat to anyone on the international scene, adding that Moscow is trying to resolve all disputable issues exclusively by political means.

"Russia is a country open to the world, which speaks out in favor of boosting cooperation and partnership with all those who are ready for that," Putin said at the solemn ceremony in honor of graduates of higher military educational institutions. "We do not have and cannot have any aggressive plans. We threaten no one and are trying to resolve any disputable issues exclusively by political means, we respect international law and the interests of other countries."

On the other hand, Russia will continue to develop its Armed Forces, because the strong army guarantees the country’s sovereignty and security in the conditions of current risks, including at Russia’s borders, the Russian president said

Putin stressed that Russia now faces many threats, including in the immediate proximity to the country’s borders. "That is why a strong army that is equipped with modern weapons is a guarantor of sovereignty and territorial integrity of Russia, guarantor of peaceful and calm life of millions of our compatriots. I am confident that you understand it very well," he said.

The president noted that Russia’s authorities would consistently continue the development of its Armed forces and complete the structural reforms launched in recent years, which would raise the effectiveness of the military management systems and the efficiency in decision-making.

Putin added that Russia’s strategic nuclear forces and aerospace defence units were being actively reinforced, and the combat potential of practically all types of troops had grown significantly. In accordance with the State Armaments Program, the military arsenals are replenished with state-of-the-art weapons and equipment, aircraft, submarines and surface vessels. Supplies of high-precision weapons, combat robots and unmanned aerial vehicles, which were displayed at the Army-2015 forum, have grown.

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