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In 2014, Russia will deploy military units throughout the Arctic belt - the Ministry of Defense

In 2014, Russia will deploy military units throughout the Arctic belt. This was said by Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu at a regular meeting of the board of the Russian Defense Ministry, the press service of the ministry reports.

“We must take into account that already this year, a significant number of Russian units will be deployed throughout the Arctic belt - from Murmansk to Chukotka,” Shoigu stressed.

At the meeting, the minister paid special attention to the topic of environmental safety of the Russian Arctic. “The President of our country, Supreme Commander-in-Chief Vladimir Putin, initiated a large program to cleanse the Arctic from all the legacy that we inherited from the past decades, or more precisely, centuries,” he recalled.

At the suggestion of the Minister of Defense, the meeting participants decided on the participation of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation in a program to clean up the Arctic from debris that pollutes the region and damages its animal and plant life.

Sergei Shoigu said that among the debris on the Arctic islands on which Russian units are stationed, there are "planes that were produced in the 60-s". In addition, "there you can observe landfills from tens of thousands of barrels with tons of old oil products that have become unusable."

"We are in for a lot of serious work, we have a lot to put in order, and the same airfields, storage bases, water intakes, energy facilities will have to be done anew, in fact, we have already begun," the military chief concluded. departments.

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