Medvedev calls for modernizing Russia's military

March 17, 2009 12:13

Russian President Dmitry Medvedev says the country's armed forces need to be modernized to respond to international terrorism and NATO expansion. Medvedev, meeting with top Defense Ministry officials on Tuesday, says a modern military "is a guarantee of our protection from any potential threat or attempts to put pressure on our nation." Russia has nearly quadrupled its defense spending in recent years, aiming to resuscitate the military forces that deteriorated in the post-Soviet period. But problems remain and Medvedev says last summer's brief war with Georgia "revealed our flaws."

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