World on EDGE: Putin increases size of army to 2 MILLION troops as tensions soar

Friday, November 17, 2017
By Paul Martin

VLADIMIR Putin has ordered an increase in the size of his armed forces amid growing tensions with the West and the threat of World War 3.

Fri, Nov 17, 2017

The Russian leader announced via state media his military would be bolstered with an additional 100,000 service personnel.

The reinforcements bring the size of Russia’s armed forces to 1.9 million, including more than one million active troops.

The announcement comes as Russia continues to exert its influence over Eastern Europe and the prospect of a conflict on the Korean Peninsula looms over East Asia.

Thousands of NATO troops are currently deployed in Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania to counter the possibility of a Russian invasions.

And Kremlin forces continue to operate in Ukraine as the bloody civil war in the former Soviet state approaches its fourth year.

Mr Putin has presided over a multi-billion-dollar modernisation programme of the Russian military in recent years.

The country ranks third in the world in terms of military spending, ploughing a massive $69bn (£52.3bn) in to defence annually.

The sum puts the country behind only China and the United States, which annually spend $146bn (£111bn) and $824bn (£624bn) respectively.

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