Russia releases Defence and Security Report for Q1 2014

Russia released its Defence and Security Report for 2014's first quarter on Thursday and said it would continue to acquire new military equipment and professionalize its army.


Russia said it would purchase hundreds of warplanes, special mission aircraft and freighters during the next 10 years. Modernization of the country's air force is expected to be complete by 2020.


The Russian army will replace a range of its armored vehicles with modular platforms that can be reconfigured for specific missions. The navy, viewed as a "junior service," has the least ambitious plan, and will acquire new vessels.


Russia said that its relations with Japan continue with bilateral governmental meetings. Discussions include security cooperation and the future of the Kuril Islands. The Russian government also met with the Iranian air forces for discussions on cooperation.


Russia has increased shipments to the Syrian President, Bashar al-Assad. It has also settled an initiative with the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons to organize and remove chemical weapons from Syria.


During the last quarter of 2013, Russia increased its naval deployments in the Mediterranean Sea in an effort to monitor the situation in Syria.


Russia plans to increase its military presence in Kyrgyzstan, as well as export material to Afghanistan and Iraq. The air force will continue to receive deliveries of multirole combat aircraft, and the country will integrate a new ballistic missile defense system.