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Putin Says Russia Must Stockpile Nuclear Protective Equipment

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President Vladimir Putin has ordered the Russian security council to get prepared for threats “both in peacetime, and – God forbid… in wartime.”

Russia is to reassess her readiness to survive a nuclear, chemical or biological disaster and be able to protect her citizens. Putin has told the security council to get prepared for these threats and to increase the stockpile of protective equipment if necessary.

The Independent reports:

The order was given during one of Putin’s regular meetings with the council that is made up of the heads of Russia’s intelligence, defence and law enforcement agencies. High-ranking ministers and the speaker of the Russian house of parliament are also permanent members of the group.

According to the government website, Putin told the council that it was important to review and potentially strengthen Russia’s defence protocols against “nuclear, radiological, chemical and biological threats, both in peacetime, and—God forbid, of course—in wartime.”

“We have to analyse to what extent they correspond to the realities of today and, if the need arises, make the required revisions,” Putin said.

The Russian president also proposed to the council that Russia should begin developing and producing personal protective equipment against nuclear, biological or chemical threats. “In the near future we should set up an inventory of individual means of protection for citizens, to determine which of them have become theoretically and technically obsolete, and develop measures to replenish stocks of such assets in accordance with modern designs,” Putin said.

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