10 December 2013, 14:21

Putin attaches special importance to army deployment in Arctic

Putin attaches special importance to army deployment in Arctic

Russia must have every lever for the protection of its security and national interests in the Arctic, Russian President Vladimir Putin said. "The formation of new forces and military units for the prospective Armed Forces combat configuration is due to end next year. I request that you pay special attention to the deployment of infrastructure and military units in the Arctic," Putin said at an expanded meeting of the Defense Ministry Board, the Voice of Russia correspondent Ilya Kramnik reports.

He stressed that Russia "was intensifying the development of that promising region and returning to it" and needed to have "every lever for the protection of its security and national interests [in that area]."

Putin thanked servicemen and specialists for accomplishing a complex mission involving the restoration of a Russian military base on the Novosibirsk Islands this year. The president said that the islands "had a keynote significance for control over the situation in the Arctic region".

The reconstruction of airfields in the northern and Arctic zones, including Tiksi and Naryan-Mar, began this year, Putin said.

"It is planned to be concluded, hopefully, this will be done; a state contract to draw up estimates for the development or, in fact restoration, of the Tiksi airfield and the construction and assembly work at the Severomorsk-1 airfield, before the end of this year," Putin said.

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Russia to strengthen its armed forces, deterrence still important - Putin

The deterrence factor still plays a significant role, the Voice of Russia correspondent Ilya Kramnik reports, citing Russian President Vladimir Putin.

"The majority of leading states are actively modernizing their arsenals and investing a lot in the development of prospective armament systems using next-generation technologies. Attempts to disturb and "wash out" the strategic balance continue. First and foremost, they are related to plans for the construction of the U.S. missile defense network, including its European segment," Putin said at a meeting of the Russian Defense Ministry Board on Tuesday.

The potential threats and challenges to Russian security must be remembered and the Russian Armed Forces must be strengthened further, the president said.

"I have to say that the military deterrence factor still plays a rather weighty role," Putin said.

He referred to "the complex events in a number of regions".

"Armed confrontations persist in some countries of the Middle East. The international forces' withdrawal from Afghanistan in 2014 may complicate the situation in that country and even create a sizable "area of instability" in the adjoining Central Asian states, which directly concerns the national interests of Russia, our security," Putin said.

Armed Forces to get 40 ICBM, over 210 aircraft, 2 nuclear subs in 2014 - Putin

The share of modern weaponry in the Russian Armed Forces will reach 30% in a year, the Voice of Russia correspondent Ilya Kramnik reports citing Russian President Vladimir Putin.

"In 2014, the armed forces must receive more than 40 most modern intercontinental ballistic missiles, more than 210 airplanes and helicopters, more than 250 units of armored vehicles. The Nuclear rocket carriers, the Alexander Nevsky and the Vladimir Monomakh will take over the combat watch and six new satellites will reinforce the orbital grouping," Putin said on Tuesday at the extended session of the Board of the Ministry of Defense.

The president also believes that the deployment of military units and infrastructure in the Arctic region requires special attention. “Russia is actively developing this promising region and should have every tool needed to protect its security and national interests there,” he said.

The formation of new army units for the Arctic should be completed by 2014, Putin said.

Putin thanked servicemen and specialists for accomplishing a complex mission involving the restoration of a Russian military base on the Novosibirsk Islands this year. The president said that the islands "had a keynote significance for control over the situation in the Arctic region."

The president also noted that this year’s military exercises have confirmed the reliability of Russia’s nuclear shield and the capabilities of its missile forces.

“It was the second military exercise involving strategic nuclear forces in Russia’s modern history. Ground, air and sea-based systems carried out successful missile launches and confirmed the reliability of Russia’s nuclear shield,” he said at a meeting with defense ministry officials.

The capabilities of Strategic Rocket Forces, above all the early missile warning system, have increased, Putin said. “Today, it covers all main missile-dangerous directions,” he added.

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