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Putin: Russia to press ahead with military modernisation

AP  |  Moscow 

says will maintain a high tempo of modernising its military arsenals this year.

Speaking today at a meeting with the top military brass in the southern Russian city of Sochi, said the Russian air forces would receive 160 new aircraft this year and the is to get 500 new armored vehicles and

He added the would commission 10 warships.

warned military industry leaders that they bear personal responsibility for meeting the new weapons procurement targets. Thursday's meeting was the latest in a series of conferences on military issues Putin chaired this week at his retreat.

The Kremlin has conducted a sweeping military modernization program amid tensions with the West over the fighting in Ukraine, and other disputes.

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First Published: Thu, May 17 2018. 22:25 IST