MOSCOW, May 12. /TASS/. Russian President Vladimir Putin will begin on May 13 a regular series of government meetings on defense-related issues, Putin’s press secretary Dmitry Pskov said on Sunday.
According to Peskov, the upcoming meetings will be held in a new format.
Putin has been holding regular government meetings on the development of the country’s defense sector, traditionally in the spring and in the autumn. Among issues discussed at such meetings are the development of the types of armed forces and defense enterprises, the implementation of the government defense order, supplies of state-of-the-art weapons to the Russian army, etc. The meetings are attended by the defense minister, chief executives of defense enterprises, other ministers and head of government agencies.
Putin announced plans of updating the format of such meetings at a meeting with Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu and Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov on February 2 when he announced suspension of Russia’s participation in the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty. He did not disclose any details of the new format but said he would like to see the progress in the works related to the new systems Kinzhal, Peresvet, Avangard, Sarmat and others.