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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Army Gets Weaker




MOSCOW -- Russia's fighting forces may be leaner but they're certainly not meaner, the defense committee chief said Wednesday.


"Despite a cut in the size of the armed forces, we have not achieved an improvement in quality, unfortunately," Roman Popkovich, chairman of the defense committee in the State Duma, said at a news conference.


Russia cut its armed forces by 400,000 troops to 1.2 million last year and has kept its budget steady at just under 3 percent of gross domestic product.