Russian President Vladimir Putin and Russian Defence Minister Sergey Shoigu talk during their meeting at the Kremlin in Moscow, Russia, April 17, 2023. (PHOTO / SPUTNIK VIA AP)
MOSCOW – Russian President Vladimir Putin on Monday stressed the significance of developing the navy as the country's Pacific Fleet is undergoing a snap check.
The exercise will enter its final stage on Tuesday, when naval strike groups will work together with coastal missile divisions to practice missile strikes and electronic launches, Shoigu said
Putin made the remarks when hearing a report in the Kremlin from Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu on the surprise inspection of combat readiness.
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He ordered Shoigu to "pay special attention" to developing the Pacific Fleet and other fleets, training troops and holding similar inspections.
The Russian military has been carrying out a sudden inspection of the Pacific Fleet since Friday, which involves more than 25,000 troops, 167 warships and logistics vessels as well as 89 planes and helicopters, Shoigu reported.
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The exercise will enter its final stage on Tuesday, when naval strike groups will work together with coastal missile divisions to practice missile strikes and electronic launches, he said.