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    OMSK, January 14, 2004 (RIA Novosti correspondent Alexei Berezin) - Defense Minister Sergei Ivanov announced that he was pleased with parts of the Siberian military district's level of combat training. On Thursday the minister met with leaders of this region in Omsk in southwestern Siberia.

    According to Mr. Ivanov, based on 2003 results, the region is acknowledged as one of the best in "combat and mobilization training and a number of other indices."

    Mr. Ivanov said, in this the enormous merit of the leaders of Siberian federal region and other subjects of federation. "Through action, not words," they demonstrate concern about the armed forces and are "living guarantees of defense capability of the country."

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