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Monday, February 12, 2018

Shoigu said about the strengthening of Russia’s positions in the “unstable” Central Asia

Russia strengthens position in Central Asia, where it remains a volatile situation because of the armed conflict in Afghanistan, said Russian defense Minister Sergei Shoigu at the meeting of the defence Ministry Board on Friday. In addition, he spoke about the progress re two military districts.

photo: Gennady Cherkasov

“The situation in Central Asia remains unstable. The ongoing armed conflict in Afghanistan between government security forces and militants of the Taliban and ISIL (banned in Russia),” – said Shoigu.

He noted that the Central Asian strategic direction in the area of responsibility of the Central military district, today is one of the most important. Wherefore, “the command of the military district pays special attention to the implementation of joint practical activities with the armed forces of the Central Asian countries, thereby strengthening Russia’s position in the region.

Shoigu recalled that in July in the framework of a sudden check the combat readiness for the first time jointly with the Tajik military spent training on firing and fire control with use of jet systems of volley fire “Hurricane” and operational-tactical missile complex “Iskander-M”.

“Worked strikes on conventional targets of the enemy tactical aviation. During the inspection the troops confirmed the ability to perform combat training tasks for the General idea and in a single operational environment”, – said the Minister. By the way, for the second half of the planned joint activities of operational and combat training with units of the armed forces of Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan.

Naturally, all this requires the strengthening of the County. Thus, according to Shoigu, “in order to improve the fighting strength of the troops of the district in 2017, will be supplied more than thousand units of weapons and military equipment. For the development of military infrastructure in the current year it is planned to put into operation more than four hundred buildings and structures”.

Will be strengthened and the Eastern military district. This year he will get more than 1 thousand 100 units of new and upgraded military equipment. Shoigu said that the main tasks of VVO are building up the combat composition of troops, improving the quality of their training and re-equipment of units and formations.

“The re-equipment of missile parts with complexes “Iskander-M” and “Bastion”. The result of these measures the combat power of the County will increase by more than 10%”, – said the Minister.

As for military education, as reported by the Board, the military Department is scheduled to open in universities Wudang-Ude, Chita, Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky and Tambov. In this matter the military is based on “the needs of the Armed forces in a mobilization resource and of the ability of higher education institutions”. And in the near future will be signed the decree of the RF government on creation of structures of military training in the Irkutsk national research technical University, National research University “Moscow power engineering Institute”, Murmansk state technical University, Tula state University. According to him, today on the agenda is the opening of the military departments in other Federal universities.

“I would like to note that the presence of the military departments in Kamchatka, the far East and Siberia – in the South-Eastern Siberia, in Central Siberia, helps to curb the outflow of population from these regions,” – said the Minister.

A little Shoigu told about the upcoming forum “Army-2017”. He stressed that the forum, which will take place from 22 August to 27 August, “promises to become unprecedented in scale and rich in events.” According to the head of the defense Ministry, will be attended by more than 1.2 thousand enterprises and organizations, representing over 18 thousand samples of products.

“It is expected that the forum will be attended by more than 100 foreign delegations, including about 300 representatives of the military departments. Traditionally held static and dynamic displays, which will involve around 300 units of modern weapons and military equipment. For the first time, you will see how the technique works at night”, – said the Minister.

It is interesting that, according to the head of the defense Ministry, together with the leading Russian aerobatic groups will demonstrate their skills, the pilots of Turkey.


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