Russian president Vladimir Putin, on Friday (22 November) chaired a meeting of the Russian National Security Council during which the development of the Armed Forces, other troops, military units and bodies performing missions in the field of defense for the period until 2030"was discussed, according to the Kremlin website.
Speaking at the opening of the session, the Russian president told the Council that"the world is facing serious challenges and threats," adding:
"Many factors of uncertainty. Technologies are rapidly developing, including military ones, and competition and rivalry are intensifying and taking on new forms. In different regions of the planet not only smoldering hotbeds of long-standing conflicts, but also new ones appear. Leading countries are actively improving offensive weapons. I will add that the so-called "nuclear missile club" in fact - and you all know this well - is replenished with new members. Of serious concern is the approach of NATO's military infrastructure to our borders, as well as attempts to militarize outer space."
source: commonspace.eu with Kremlin.ru
photo: Picture of the meeting of the Russian National Secxurity Council on 22 November 2019 (picture courtesy of the press service of the president of Russia).
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