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Interfax
July 1, 2013

Shoigu, Chinese General Staff chief confer on Syria

Moscow: The Russian visit of Chief of the China People’s Liberation Army General Staff Col. Gen. Fang Fenghui displays the strategic nature of bilateral relations, Russian Defense Minister Gen. of the Army Sergei Shoigu said at the meeting with the Chinese general.

Shoigu said he held negotiations with Chinese Defense Minister Col. Gen. Chang Wanquan on June 26 on the sidelines of a meeting of SCO defense ministers.

“We had a frank discussion of certain issues. Primarily, we discussed crises: the situation in Syria and around it, in the first turn. We also frankly discussed the holding of surprise inspections of combat preparedness of our armed forces. I gave a rather detailed account of the goals and tasks of these inspections. We plan to continue them,” Shoigu said.

He said the same issue would be discussed at the…

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