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Russian Defense Minister Sergei Ivanov addressed graduates of the country's military academies in the Kremlin Tuesday
Ivanov highlighted the special role of the Russian Army in the history and the modern life of Russia. It was historically predetermined for Russia to have a powerful Army and Navy, which, as Russian Emperor Alexander III called them, are the most reliable Russian allies, he said. According to Ivanov, 60 years ago the Grand Kremlin Palace also hosted a reception in honor of the participants in the legendary Victory Parade to celebrate the end of World War II. "There were people who made a personal outstanding contribution to the defeat of the Nazi Germany and distinguished themselves on the battlefields of the most terrible and bloody war of the 20th century," he told the graduates. "Today you - the best of the best - stand here in their place. This speaks for the progression military traditions in Russia." The minister said the Armed Forces were currently going through a comprehensive modernization process and the Army was counting on the "energy, initiative, responsibility and professionalism of its officers." "An officer will be able to handle the most complicated tasks when he relies on his own authority whether in the Army or in the Navy," Ivanov said. Hero of the Soviet Union, Marshal Sergei Sokolov congratulated the graduates on behalf of all WWII veterans. "It is comforting for veterans to know that the relations between the generations are gaining strength and the officer corps is receiving new real professionals," Sokolov said. According to him, military service in Russia is still necessary. But he said: "New officers are facing a new task: to learn to work in a new way taking into account all changes in the state and the Armed Forces." The marshal thanked the president for state's efforts to develop social benefits system for military servicemen. "I'm sure that the prestige of military service will regain its former importance," Sokolov said.
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