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Putin instructs government to speed up professional army plan
Moscow, 12 May: Russian President Vladimir Putin has instructed the government to complete, by 1 June, the consultations on the plan to transfer the armed forces onto a contract basis.
"I ask you not to forget about this plan, there is not much time left," the head of state told government members at a conference held today.
He instructed the Defence Ministry and the Finance Ministry to let the government have appropriate recommendations.