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07.04.2020 (16:00)

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

Today, the National Centre for State Defence Control of the Russian Federation, under the leadership of the head of the military Department, General of the Army Sergei Shoigu, held a teleconference with the leadership of the Armed Forces.

Before proceeding to the consideration of the issues outlined in the agenda, the Minister of Defence proposed to discuss the topic that now attracts everyone's attention — the spread of coronavirus infection.

"Let me remind you that in accordance with the Government's instructions, the Ministry of Defence has deployed an operational headquarters to prevent the import and spread of a new coronavirus infection in the Armed Forces. Operational groups work in formations, military units and organizations," Sergei Shoigu said.

He noted that 49 mobile sanitary and epidemiological groups were formed to detect virus carriers and respond promptly. The algorithm of work of officials on the organization of preventive measures is defined.

"The most important state task that we are currently solving is the construction and commissioning of 16 multifunctional medical centers in the Western, Southern, Central and Eastern Military Districts," the head of the military Department added. — the Ministry of Defenсe has allocated 8.8 billion rubles for this purpose. Contractors have already started work on sites in 16 military hospitals. Construction is proceeding in accordance with the plans and schedules. The facilities will be put into operation between April 20 and May 15."

During the meeting, the Defence Minister instructed the commanders of the Eastern Military District and the Pacific Fleet, together with the Main Military Medical Department, to increase the capacity of the "Irtysh" hospital ship to 450 beds for non-infected patients within 10 days in order to unload medical facilities of the Ministry of Defence in the Far East and prepare them for possible reception of patients with signs of coronavirus infection.

General of the Army Sergei Shoigu also recalled that on March 28, a sudden check was completed, during which the readiness of military authorities, formations, military units and medical organizations to localize emergency situations associated with the threat of infection and spread of infections was increased.

All the forces and resources involved successfully coped with the tasks set.

"The Ministry of Defenсe not only takes measures to prevent a new coronavirus infection in the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation, but also on behalf of the Supreme Commander — in-Chief helps a number of countries in the fight against this threat," Sergei Shoigu recalled.

The joint unit of the Ministry of Defenсe continues to provide assistance to the Italian Republic.

The National Centre for State Defence Control has created an operational group with representatives of the Ministry of Industry and Trade, Rospotrebnadzor, the Federal Customs Service and the Border Service to solve sudden problems and maintain continuous interaction.

The Russian joint unit has also begun to help Serbia fight a coronavirus infection.

Turning to the thematic part of the teleconference, the Defence Minister proposed to discuss the ongoing work on the modernization of the Tu-160 and Tu-95MS strategic missile carriers, as well as the resumption of production of Tu-160 aircraft.

The head of the military Department said that currently JSC "Tupolev" together with industrial enterprises solves the problem of extending the service life and improving the efficiency of aircraft avionics. At the same time, the Kazan aviation plant is working to restore production of new Tu-160 aircraft and manufacture their installation batch.

Then the teleconference reviewed the preparations for the 75th anniversary of the Victory in the Great Patriotic war.

Work continues to preserve the historical memory of the war and to counteract the falsification of the meaning of Victory, Sergei Shoigu noted, serious scientific forces, military archives, museums, and mass media are involved in this work.

"And of course, our civic duty is to take care of veterans. We have repeatedly said this, and I would like to stress once again that every veteran should be given maximum attention and constant support," the Defence Minister added.

At the end of the thematic part of the meeting, the issue of serviceability of training aircraft of the Aerospace Forces was considered.

"I would like to note that a lot of work is being done to improve it and, most importantly, it is effective. If in September last year the troops were ready to operate about 50% of the total number of training aircraft, now these aircraft are almost 90%. This number will allow us to provide high-quality training of cadets-pilots this year, " the head of the military Department said.

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Minister of Defence , Teleconference , Национальный центр управления обороной Российской Федерации , Teleconference
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