Russia downsizes military; says won`t build up N-arsenal
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Last Updated: Friday, March 05, 2010, 19:22
Moscow: As part of major post-Soviet military reforms, President Dmitry Medvedev today announced that Russia has no plans to boost its nuclear stockpiles and has downsized the strength of its troops to one million with the aim of creating "a lean but mean" force.

"Today we have no need to build up the potential of our strategic deterrence, but possession of nuclear weapons is a key condition for Russia to pursue its independent policies, for safeguarding its sovereignty, for peace efforts and for preventing any military conflict and also settling post- conflict situations," he said.

Addressing top commanders of the Russian armed forces, Medvedev noted that Russia and the US have made considerable headway on a new strategic arms control pact in recent months and the negotiations would continue on March 9 to put in place a new accord to replace the Soviet-era START treaty that expired on December 5 last year.

Medvedev also announced that as part of the reformation of the Soviet-era military behemoth, the numerical strength of armed forces has been reduced to 1 million personnel with the aim of creating a lean but mean force.

"The main aim is to create a modern military and navy, equipped with latest weapons," the Russian President said in his televised remarks.


First Published: Friday, March 05, 2010, 19:22

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