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Russia to increase military presence in Crimea by 2020

11th April 2014 - 15:36 GMT | by Eugene Gerden in St Petersburg

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The Russian MoD has met to decide on the level of military capability to be deployed in the Crimea region.

A meeting was organised on 8 April at the behest of Russia’s Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu for the General Staff to develop a document named ‘the defence plan of the Crimea’.

Whilst there are no immediate plans to flood the area with units and equipment, there will be a gradual build-up of Russian military capacity over the next six years out to 2020.

By this time the peninsula will have a larger submarines base and an airbase with strategic bombers

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Eugene Gerden is a Shephard correspondent based in St Petersburg.

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