Vladimir Putin chaired a meeting on the development of the Armed Forces. The meeting was attended by Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu, head of the General Staff Valery Gerasimov, the commanders of troops.
They reached the decisions to improve the composition and structure of the Armed Forces. For example, on December 1 of the current year on the basis of the Northern Fleet the new united strategic command in the Arctic zone must begin to act. The forces in the Crimean peninsula are sequentially forming.
Particular attention was paid this year to the checking of the combat capability of the Armed Forces. The practice of unannounced inspections was continued, it took several thousand exercises and training, including the most extensive strategic command-staff exercise “Vostok-2014”. It united 155 thousand soldiers, 8,000 pieces of equipment, up to 85 ships and 650 aircraft.