Defense Ministry Board to ponder Crimean security on April 4

The Russian Armed Forces General Staff is elaborating an action plan of the Defense Ministry in the period until 2020, which will ensure security of the Crimean Federal District of the Russian Federation, Defense Minister General of the Army Sergei Shoigu said in a teleconference at the National Defense Center on Monday.

The Russian Armed Forces General Staff is elaborating an action plan of the Defense Ministry in the period until 2020, which will ensure security of the Crimean Federal District of the Russian Federation, Defense Minister General of the Army Sergei Shoigu said in a teleconference at the National Defense Center on Monday.

"We will consider the aforementioned plan at a special session of the Defense Ministry Board on April 4," the minister said.

He ordered deputy ministers and heads of central military command bodies "to actively contribute to the work on this document and to embrace all aspects of full-fledged provision of vital needs of the troops."

Shoigu recalled that the Federation Council ratified the treaty on the accession of Crimea and Sevastopol to Russia.

"We went on a fact-finding trip to the Republic of Crimea and Sevastopol on March 24 to meet with the heads of new constituent territories of the Russian Federation and the commanders of military units of the Ukrainian Armed Forces who had expressed their wish to continue their service in the Russian army," Shoigu continued.

"Besides, there was a conference with the heads of the Defense Ministry and the Southern Military District dedicated to the deployment and development of a group of forces on the Crimean Peninsula, which mapped out the main areas of our further activity," he said.

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