Rus­sia to press ahead with mil­i­tary mod­ern­iza­tion

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MOSCOW (AP) — Pres­i­dent Vladimir Putin says Rus­sia will main­tain a high tempo of mod­ern­iz­ing its mil­i­tary ar­se­nals this year. Speak­ing Thurs­day at a meet­ing with the top mil­i­tary brass in the south­ern Rus­sian city of Sochi, Putin said the Rus­sian air forces would re­ceive 160 new air­craft this year and the army is to get 500 new ar­moured ve­hi­cles and ar­tillery sys­tems. He added the navy would com­mis­sion 10 war­ships. Putin warned mil­i­tary in­dus­try lead­ers that they bear per­sonal re­spon­si­bil­ity for meet­ing the new weapons pro­cure­ment targets. Thurs­day’s meet­ing was the lat­est in a se­ries of con­fer­ences on mil­i­tary issues Putin chaired this week at his Black Sea re­treat.

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