Russia must strengthen army to defend itself: Putin

January 20, 2015 3:26 PM

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Russia must strengthen army to defend itself: Putin

MOSCOW (Reuters) - President Vladimir Putin said on Tuesday Russia must strengthen its armed forces to protect its sovereignty against the "challenge" posed by other countries that might threaten Moscow.

Putin's comments reinforced his commitment to an expensive program to modernize the armed forces, which the Finance Ministry has signaled will be excluded from any budget cuts forced on the government by a growing economic crisis.

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