Putin tightens control of defence sector, criticises NATO over Ukraine

by Reuters
Wednesday, 10 September 2014 12:42 GMT

MOSCOW, Sept 10 (Reuters) - President Vladimir Putin signed a decree on Wednesday taking direct charge of a commission that oversees Russia's defence industry as Moscow tries to reduce reliance on Western equipment following sanctions over the Ukraine crisis.

He also said NATO was using rhetoric over the conflict in Ukraine to "resuscitate itself" and that Russia had warned repeatedly that it would have to respond to such moves. (Writing by Timothy Heritage, editing by Elizabeth Piper)

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