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10.01.2017 (14:04)

Russian Defence Minister General of the Army Sergei Shoigu held teleconference with the leadership of the Russian military department

Today, the Russian Defence Minister General of the Army Sergei Shoigu held teleconference with the leadership of the Russian Armed Forces.

The leadership discussed issues of modernization of technological capabilities of the Krasmash company, recovery of production of Tu-160, and production of Lotos-S and Pion-NKS spacecraft.

The head of the military department stated that the Defence Ministry had implemented plans on raising combat capabilities of the Army and Navy in 2016.

According to General of the Army Sergei Shoigu, it is necessary to continue developing all arms and services of the Russian Armed Forces, master new armament and hardware as well as raise combat capabilities of the strategic nuclear forces.

General of the Army Sergei Shoigu stressed the necessity of development of combat and operational training, usage of modern training equipment and programmes, and implementation of experience, which had been gained in Syria.

In accordance to Sergei Shoigu, the Russian Defence Ministry has been taking all necessary measures to recover production of Tu-160 aircraft as well as to raise operability level of Tu-160 and Tu-95MS aircraft.

Head of the military department noted that creation and support of the orbit military spacecraft grouping is an important state task.

Before turning to the agenda, the Minister of Defence stated that the chief of the Pentagon mixed up countries when he has said about Russia’s contribution to the fight against terrorism in Syria.

“Yesterday I listened to a speech by one of my foreign counterparts in a faraway country. He said that Russia’s contribution to the fight against terrorism in Syria and in the region was equal to zero. I might have subscribed to what he said in a sense only if a) that counterpart of mine had not picked the wrong country; and b) had been more accurate in his comments,” said General of the Army Sergei Shoigu.

He stressed that the Russian Aerospace Forces successfully performed the task, which had been assigned by the President of the Russian Federation.

“However hard it might have been for us, however greatly we might need support from the international coalition, which in fact has not only achieved nothing but even turned things for the worse, to our deep regret we saw no support from it. And that required us to brace all of our resources and capabilities, to dispatch a large group to Syria, including an aircraft carrier-led group and extra aerospace resources and military police as well,” noted the Minister of Defence. 

Minister of Defence , Chief of the General Staff , Teleconference
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