Russia keeps nuclear deterrence potential defense

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Russia keeps nuclear deterrence potential defense

Postby justus608 » Wed Dec 07, 2011 9:28 pm

MOSCOW, Nov. 9 (Xinhuanet) -- Russian strategic nuclear forces still maintain their deterrence potential, Defense Minister SergeiIvanov said on Wednesday at a meeting of commanders of armed forces, which was attended by President Vladimir Putin. Russia's nuclear forces "are still able not only to secure deterrence of an aggression against our country and its allies, but also guarantee an adequate answer to any aggressor", Ivanov was cited by the Itar-Tass news agency as saying. "The level of preparedness at the present time has allowed making several successful launches from positional areas, air and sea missile carriers. Early warning systems have timely detected all launches of Russian and foreign inter-continental ballistic missiles and carrier rockets," Ivanov said. According to the defense minister, the 2006-2010 program of building the armed forces envisages the "preservation and development of a minimally sufficient potential of the strategic deterrence forces" and "qualitative enhancement of possibilities of the armed forces to a level securing the guaranteed rebuffing of military threats of the present day and possible in the future". Ivanov continued that the Russian army and navy at present has 1,134,800 officers and men and will be cut to 1,100,000 men by 2011. "This means that about 35,000 men of the non-combat personnel will be laid off within the next five years, including some staff members of military chairs and other dual-purpose structures. It is also planned to do away with three hundred high-rank command posts, after which the number of generals and admirals in the Armed Forces will not top 1,100 men, meaning their reduction to the optimal proportion of one per thousand servicemen," Ivanov explained. Enditem

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