Putin Puts Air Force on Alert for “War Time”
Published on Feb 8, 2017
Russian President Vladimir Putin has put the Air Force on high alert for a time of war. Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said his ministry has been ordered to do what he called a snap check of the Aerospace Forces. Shoigu said this includes checking the combat readiness of troops, control agencies and air defense systems. He said maneuvers were also launched on Tuesday with a focus on repelling likely aggression. Russia had earlier said it will reinforce positions in strategic areas in its western and southwestern borders as well as the Arctic. This comes amid tensions with NATO over the Ukraine conflict. The alliance has also begun deployment of thousands of troops as well as military hardware at Russian borders, in what is being described as the largest since the Cold War.
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