RIAN: Putin: 3 years ago Russia wanted to order mobilization
- 2002-10-05 17:06
VLADIMIR PUTIN: THREE YEARS AGO RUSSIAN LEADERSHIP WAS BUT ONE STEP
SHORT OF ORDERING MOBILIZATION
MOSCOW, 5 October 2002. /from RIA Novosti correspondent/. -Russian
President Vladimir Putin said that following the 1999 militants'
attack against Dagestan (North Caucasus) Russia's leadership was but
one step short of ordering mobilization.
Vladimir Putin made this statement during his meeting with the
finalists and organizers of the Teacher of the Year contest.
President reminded the audience that the 1999 militants' attack
against Dagestan was fraught with the real danger of having Caucasus
broken away from Russia. "We were just one step short of declaring
mobilization and waging a large-scale civil war," President said.
According to Vladimir Putin, the armed forces were 1.3 million men
strong at the time but "there were no combat-ready units to do the
actual fighting" as even the land troops were badly undermanned" and
conscripts had to be brought in from all over the country.
At present, Vladimir Putin believes, the situation in the armed
forces has changed for the better, with the improprieties that do
occur every now and then stemming mostly from laxity and neglect of
Commenting on the military conscription situation in general,
Vladimir Putin pointed to the current problems with bringing up army
units to required strength. According to the head of state, the
numerous draft deferrals existing today may well lead to a situation
when there are no eligible conscripts left in the country to call up.
President pointed out that there is a critical deferral percentage
and failure to stay above the limit may entail irreparable