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Strategic command in the Arctic on the basis of the Northern Fleet will begin operation 1 December

Russian President Vladimir Putin said that as part of the decisions to improve the structure of the Armed Forces, from December 1, 2014, a new strategic command in the Arctic will start operating on the basis of the Northern Fleet, Xinhua news agency reported.

"From December 1 of this year, a new joint strategic command in the Arctic zone should begin to operate on the basis of the Northern Fleet," Putin said yesterday at a meeting on the defense industry.

He also noted that at the present time the grouping of troops on the Crimean peninsula is being consistently formed.

"This year special attention was paid to checking the combat effectiveness of the Armed Forces, the practice of surprise checks was continued," the president said.

According to Putin, several thousand exercises and drills took place, including the most ambitious - the Vostok-2014 strategic command and staff exercise.

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