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Russia's Defense Minister Sergei Ivanov is not ruling out the possibility of using the Russian peacekeeping brigade outside the CIS
"I am not ruling out the fact that in the future our peacekeepers could also be used in other regions of the world if there would be a political decision about it and UN desire," Mr. Ivanov said following the discussion of the modernization of Russia's Armed Forces in the parliament's upper chamber. He recalled that Russian peacekeepers are now serving in Abkhazia, South Ossetia and Transdniestria - three self-proclaimed republics in post-Soviet territory. The formation of two mountain brigades in Dagestan and Karachai-Circassia (two North-Caucasian autonomies of Russia) from scratch will be a priority in the modernization of the infrastructure of Russia's Armed Forces. Mr. Ivanov also cited the modernization of the military base in Tajikistan and of the air base in Kyrgyzstan among the priorities. One more priority is the construction of the new launching complex Angara at the Plesetsk Cosmodrome, in the Arkhangelsk Region in the northern, European Russia. Sergei Ivanov called upon the senators to correct Russia's military budget twice a year in connection with the growth of the tariffs of electricity, fuel and lubricants, and railway transportation. "I asked you to back me and, judging by the reaction, I found support," he said. Mr. Ivanov believes that the respective items of the federal budget should not be corrected once a year, as is the case now, but twice a year considering the results of the first half-year and of three quarters.
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