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01.06.2021 (15:45)

Russian Defence Minister General of the Army Sergei Shoigu holds 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.

Starting work, the Minister of Defence congratulated the military transport aviation and the Northern Fleet on the anniversary of the foundation.

“First of all, I would like to congratulate our military transport aviation with big anniversary, big date - 90 years.  A lot has been done over the years. Millions of tons and millions of passengers, especially since these passengers are our servicemen,” said General of the Army Sergei Shoigu.

Also, the head of the military department congratulated the Northern Fleet on its 288th anniversary.

“It's hard to imagine that 288 years ago our fleet came there, construction and creation began there.  Of course, today it is our pride, I hope that everything that we have outlined there in this and next years, everything that has been done in previous years, will allow us to keep our fleet in the highest positions.  The Northern Fleet, today, is practically at the forefront of countering the NATO forces, I mean the naval forces,” said the Minister of Defence.

Continuing the topic, Sergei Shoigu recalled that today the summer training period has begun in the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation.

Minister of Defence also added that the main outcome of the training year will be the joint Russian-Belarusian strategic exercise Zapad-2021.  It will be preceded by a set of special exercises on types of support with the transition of troops to practical actions.

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Then Sergei Shoigu told the meeting participants about the upcoming IX Moscow Conference on International Security, which will be held from 22 to 24 June.

According to the Minister of Defence, heads of defence departments of 119 countries and more than 150 Russian and foreign experts have been invited to the forum.  During the work, it is planned to discuss issues of strategic stability, global and regional security in Europe, Africa, the Asia-Pacific region, Latin America and the Middle East.

A separate topic of discussion will be the participation of military departments in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.  The conference will be held in compliance with all sanitary and epidemiological standards.

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The agenda of the thematic part of the conference included three questions.

The first was devoted to the state of flight safety in the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation.

“I would like to note that the current crew training system made it possible to successfully solve all the tasks assigned to the aviation formations during the April surprise combat readiness inspection,” the Minister of Defence said.

The head of the military department also said that in the course of special exercises on the types of support and Zapad-2021 joint Russian-Belarusian strategic exercise, it is planned to use massive quantities of aviation, and a difficult air situation will be created.  Therefore, it is important that aviation personnel are fully prepared to act in such conditions.

In addition, as Sergei Shoigu said, it is necessary that the airfields, helipads and aviation equipment involved in the exercises strictly comply with the established flight safety requirements.

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The second important issue brought up for consideration at the meeting was the state of the material and technical support system in the air and missile defence forces, as well as in the space forces.

“I would like to note that over the past five years, 536 pieces of weapons and equipment have been supplied to the space forces and the air defence-missile defence forces.  Maintenance and repair of more than 3.5 thousand units of weapons, military and special equipment is carried out annually.  Over 200 social and material and technical facilities have been built.  The support of personnel with uniforms, food and household items was carried out in accordance with the established standards,” said the head of the military department.

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Before proceeding to hearing the reports, the Minister of Defence said that the results of the All-Army Olympiad for military professional training were summed up.

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