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    The event gathered members of the Russian Security Council, leadership from both chambers of the parliament, the heads of the military districts and commanders of all major units.

    President Vladimir Putin delivers a speech to the Board of the Russian Defence Ministry, addressing the country's various military activities in 2019. The head of state is also expected to set new goals for the military for next year and announce areas of development that are planned for the army and navy.

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      Russia Should Ensure Deterrence Against All Military Threats - Putin

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