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13.10.2020 (11:45)

Russian Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu took part in a thematic conference call

A thematic conference call was held in Moscow today. It was attended by the Minister of Defence of the Russian Federation, General of the Army Sergei Shoigu.

At the open part of the meeting, the head of the military department touched upon the issues of the autumn conscription of citizens for military service, which began on the first of October.

He noted that in accordance with the decree of the President of Russia, 128 thousand people will be sent to the troops by the end of the year.

Since the situation with coronavirus in the regions remains tense and difficult, the recruitment campaign is carried out in compliance with all the anti-epidemic measures that proved effective during the spring draft.

Further, Sergei Shoigu proposed to discuss the modernization and repair of heavy long-range transport aircraft An-124.

"At the meeting, we will hear proposals from the heads of the Ilyushin aviation complex and the Ural civil aviation plant to complete the contract for the modernization, restoration of serviceability and extension of the service life of two An – 124 aircraft, as well as major repairs and modernization of 12 D-18T aircraft engines."

Then the results of the implementation of the Northern delivery plan were summed up. "Today, more than 20 thousand servicemen and their families are serving and living in hard – to – reach areas with a harsh climate," the Minister said. " the winter reserves we have created allow us to ensure the autonomous life of remote garrisons and military bases for a year and a half.
 In total, more than 75 thousand tons of weapons, military equipment and other material resources were transported for the needs of military units stationed in 152 regions of the Far North, Siberia and the Far East."

According to Sergei Shoigu, all planned transportations were carried out before September 1 – that is, almost a month earlier than last year. Cargo was delivered with the involvement of third-party organizations, as well as vessels of the Northern and Pacific fleets.

The Minister emphasized that on the way back, multi-tonnage vessels were involved in the disposal of scrap metal, which had been accumulating in the Arctic for decades. The Ministry of Defence has been involved in environmental cleaning of the Northern latitudes since 2015. During this time, more than 20 thousand tons of scrap metal were transported.

In conclusion, the Minister suggested discussing the work of the military construction complex in 2020. "In accordance with the list of capital construction projects," he said, " 3,200 buildings and structures need to be put into operation this year. 2,374 objects have already been built, which is 74% of the planned number. At the same time, 502 objects were put into operation ahead of schedule. Thus, despite the restrictive measures introduced this year, we managed to maintain the pace of construction."

Military builders took part in solving a number of important tasks set by the Supreme Commander-in-Chief and provided for by the state armament program. 597 facilities were commissioned in the interests of the strategic nuclear forces. In particular, construction was completed in the Kaluga region, which made it possible to complete the target task of loading two "Yars" missiles into silo launchers in September.

By the end of the year, the infrastructure for putting two more "Avangard" missiles on combat duty will be ready in the Orenburg region.

The Minister noted the great contribution of military builders in the fight against coronavirus infection.

In the interests of the Ministry of Defence and the constituent entities of the Russian Federation, 25 multifunctional medical centers were built in the shortest possible time, including in Rostov-on-Don and Penza. The military construction complex perfectly coped with the tasks set and was highly appreciated by the head of state. Currently, a hospital in Severomorsk is being completed, and construction has begun on two medical centers in the Astrakhan region and a children's infectious diseases center in Pskov.

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