Russian President Dmitry Medvedev has issued a decree establishing four strategic commands in the Armed Forces and an integrated logistic support system, a top military official said on Wednesday.
Gen. Nikolai Makarov, chief of the General Staff of the Russian Armed Forces, said Russia's six military districts will be reorganized into four with four respective strategic commands.
The Moscow and Leningrad military districts will be merged into the Western Military District (West Strategic Command) and will also include the Northern and Baltic Fleets.
The North Caucasus Military District will be changed to the South Military District (South Strategic Command) and will include the Black Sea Fleet.
The Volga-Urals Military District and the western part of the Siberian Military District will be merged to form the Central Military District (Center Strategic Command).
The remaining part of the Siberian Military District will be merged with the Far East Military District into the East Military District (East Strategic Command) and will include the Pacific Fleet.
Deputy Defense Minister Col. Gen. Dmitry Bulgakov will be chief of the Integrated Logistic Support System.
MOSCOW, July 14 (RIA Novosti)