Putin: Russia to increase defense capabilities

Vladimir Putin

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# 11 January 2023 16:31 (UTC +04:00)

Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Wednesday the country would continue increasing its defense capabilities and work toward achieving sovereign development despite external pressures, APA reports citing Teletrader.

Commenting on the disputed Ukrainian regions that Russia annexed last October, Putin stressed it's impossible to postpone solving issues in the newly added territories in eastern Ukraine despite the ongoing clashes.

The four annexed regions should be funded under existing national projects, he added. Putin was also cited as saying by the Russian agency Ria News that the Russian government would also continue implementing large-scale social programs.