Putin confident of military’s prowess

Russian President Vladimir Putin (C) shakes hands with Russia's Head of the Armed Forces General Staff, First Deputy Defense Minister, Army General Valery Gerasimov (R) as Defence Minister Sergey Shoigu (L) looks on during their meeting in Moscow on December 22, 2016. / AFP / SPUTNIK / Alexey NIKOLSKY

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Daily Star on December 23, 2016, on page 11.




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