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Meeting with Sergei Shoigu and Valery Gerasimov

February 27, 2022, The Kremlin, Moscow

Vladimir Putin had a meeting with Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu and Chief of the General Staff of Russia’s Armed Forces – First Deputy Defence Minister Valery Gerasimov.

President of Russia Vladimir Putin: Colleagues,

You see that Western countries are not only taking unfriendly economic actions against our country, I mean the illegitimate sanctions of which everyone is well aware, but top officials of the leading NATO countries are indulging in aggressive statements directed at our country.

Therefore, I order the Defence Minister and Chief of the General Staff to put Russian Army’s deterrence forces on high combat alert.

Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu: Yes, sir.

Chief of the General Staff of the Armed Forces Valery Gerasimov: Yes, sir.


February 27, 2022, The Kremlin, Moscow