Putin orders Northern Fleet on full alert for exercises: RIA

Reuters News
Posted: Mar 16, 2015 3:30 AM

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russian President Vladimir Putin has ordered the Navy's Northern Fleet and paratrooper units to be on full alert as part of snap military exercises, state-owned RIA news agency cited the defence minister as saying on Monday.

The tests were due to include nearly 40,000 servicemen, 41 warships and 15 submarines, RIA reported.

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