Putin puts Northern Fleet on alert for Arctic exercises: RIA

March 16, 2015 7:58 AM

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Putin puts Northern Fleet on alert for Arctic exercises: RIA

MOSCOW (Reuters) - President Vladimir Putin has ordered the Russian Navy's Northern Fleet and paratrooper units to go on full alert as part of snap military exercises in the Arctic, RIA news agency quoted the defense minister as saying on Monday.

Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu, who is overseeing an expensive modernization of the armed forces, said Russia faced new threats to its security which obliged it to boost its military strength and capabilities.

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