The expert commented on the decision to increase the number of the Russian army

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The decision to expand the regular Armed forces of the Russian Federation on 137 thousand troops bound by the aggravation of the international military-political situation and increasing threats to Russia, told RIA Novosti on Thursday, the chief editor of the magazine “national defense” Igor Korotchenko.

He commented on the decree of the President of Russia Vladimir Putin about the increase in the staffing levels of the Armed forces of the Russian Federation on 137 thousand troops, their total number will be 1 150 628 people.

“This decision is connected with the growth of external threats to Russia. I basically think we need in the future to increase the strength of the armed forces somewhere in the 500 thousand people. In General, this decision – it is fully justified and correspond to the realities of the international political and military situation,” said Korotchenko.

The expert expressed the opinion that the Armed forces will be increased solely due to the acquisition on a contract basis.