Putin points to achievements in modernizing Russian army, sets tasks for force structures

Russia's military doctrine is one of a defensive nature and the main task of its implementation is to ensure national sovereignty and the peace and quiet of Russian citizens, Russian President Vladimir Putin said at a meeting with top officers at the Kremlin on Friday, who have been appointed to higher posts and assigned higher military ranks.

Russia's military doctrine is one of a defensive nature and the main task of its implementation is to ensure national sovereignty and the peace and quiet of Russian citizens, Russian President Vladimir Putin said at a meeting with top officers at the Kremlin on Friday, who have been appointed to higher posts and assigned higher military ranks.

Speaking of supplying modern hardware to the army, Putin said that the proportion of new weapons in the Strategic Nuclear Forces is already around 55 percent, in the Air Force around 35 percent, in the Navy over 50 percent, and in the Ground Troops 70 percent of armored and automobile vehicles are new.

The president also said that units and formations have significantly improved their combat skills, as evidenced by the outcomes of army surprise checks and the results of over 3,000 drills held at various levels.

As regards security and law enforcement agencies, Putin praised the efforts of their officers who have foiled 58 terror plots, including eight terrorist attacks, since the beginning of 2014.

"You should continue working as resolutely and professionally and crack down on those who encroach on the foundations of the Russian constitutional system and incite violence and ethnic and religious hatred," the president said.

The current anti-terror system should be improved and new methods of countering this threat should be introduced under the aegis of the National Anti-Terrorist Committee, Putin said.

The head of state particularly emphasized the efforts of police and investigators.

"The daily work of the interior force should become more effective. It is important to increase the rate of crime resolution and promptly respond to attempts to destabilize public order," the president said.

"Among the priorities of the Investigative Committee I will point to countering crimes of corruption. Most of them are of a latent, hidden nature because the evidentiary base on these crimes must be impeccable," the president stressed.

He also drew attention to the need to complete the formation of the Investigative Committee's units in Crimea and Sevastopol as "citizens living here must be certain of the reliable protection of their rights and interests."

The president also underlined the relevance of the mission of the Federal Drug Control Service of fighting the drug threat.

"You must coordinate the efforts of agencies operating in this sphere more effectively, and together with lawmakers improve the legal tools for countering illicit drug production and trafficking," he said.

The president praised the "concerted efforts" of the Russian Emergency Situations Ministry in organizing accommodation for displaced persons from Ukraine.

"Preparation of their temporary accommodation centers for the winter got high marks from representatives from the Office of the UN (United Nations) High Commissioner (for Refugees) and our settlement assistance programs were named a new practice in the activity of this kind," Putin said.

He also mentioned the successful rescue operations during floods in the Altai Territory, and the Republics of Altai, Tuva and Khakassia. "Russian rescuer workers have taken part in a whole host of important international missions and risked their lives to deliver humanitarian aid to Iraq, Syria, and Ukraine," said the head of state.

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