Russia’s modernised army has become a key tool of President Vladimir Putin’s (centre) foreign policy. File photo: AP
Russia’s modernised army has become a key tool of President Vladimir Putin’s (centre) foreign policy. File photo: AP
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How Vladimir Putin modernised Russia’s army and turned it into a key foreign policy tool

  • After years of post-Soviet neglect, the armed forces received advanced aircraft and missiles and opened new bases in the Arctic
  • Today, the Russian army, one of the largest and most powerful in the world, has become the president’s key foreign policy tool

Russia’s modernised army has become a key tool of President Vladimir Putin’s (centre) foreign policy. File photo: AP
Russia’s modernised army has become a key tool of President Vladimir Putin’s (centre) foreign policy. File photo: AP
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