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    Russian Defense Minister Praises Strategic Missile Troops on Military Holiday

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    Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu has congratulated Russian servicemen and veterans with the Day of Strategic Missile Troops which is celebrated in Russia on December 17.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) — "Created in the middle of the XX century, they [Strategic Missile Troops] have rightfully occupied a crucial place in the triad of the country’s strategic nuclear forces," Shoigu said in a statement released by the Russian Defense Ministry.

    Shoigu stressed that the strategic missile systems developed in Russia are unique and have no analogues in the world.

    According to the Russian Defense Ministry, the Strategic Missile Troops carried out over 100 drills in 2016 and plan to double the number of military exercises next year. Over 10 missile launches are planned for 2017.

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