MOD Collegium on 2015
Friday Russian President Vladimir Putin addressed a year-ending expanded meeting of the MOD Collegium. Below are highlights from his speech, and from Defense Minister Sergey Shoygu’s. Putin also met separately with Russia’s Military District (MD) commanders, but no transcript was made available.
Putin Addresses the Expanded Meeting (photo: Kremlin.ru)
According to Kremlin.ru, Putin told the Collegium that Russia’s intervention in Syria was prompted not by “incomprehensible abstract geopolitical interests,” nor by the “desire to train [military forces] and test new weapons systems,” although he called the latter “important.” Rather Putin insisted Russian operations in Syria aim to stop the immediate threat ISIL terrorists pose to the Russian Federation.
Putin told his audience Russian assistance has enabled Damascus to take the offensive in several regions. As far as other claims of success, the Supreme CINC said only:
“. . . the systematic employment of the forces of the VKS [Aerospace Forces] and Navy, and the use of the newest highly-accurate weapons systems has enabled us to deliver serious damage to the infrastructure of the terrorists, and therefore qualitatively change the situation in Syria.”
He vowed to protect Russian troops saying, “Any targets threatening the Russian grouping or our ground infrastructure will be destroyed immediately.”
Putin then turned to Russian Armed Forces developments and training. He urged the military not to consider this year’s wartime preparation training by civilian authorities in 14 Russian Federation subjects to be a “secondary” mission. He mentioned five (not surprising) points of emphasis about this year and next:
- The updated five-year defense plan (2016-2020);
- Rearmament and the effective use of the budget;
- Strategic nuclear forces and aerospace defense;
- Increasing the intensity of operational and tactical training;
- Greater cooperation with allies, the CSTO in particular.
Again, he paused to note the need to eliminate shortcomings in territorial defense training in Russia’s regions.
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From:: Russian Defense Policy