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national defense

Does Russian army need a foreign legion?

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State Duma deputies appealed to the Ministry of Defence with a proposal to create a Russian analogue of the French Foreign Legion. To which extent do the domestic armed forces need the help of mercenaries? Igor Korotchenko, chief editor of National Defense "Yes, such units are needed. Given that the US and its NATO allies are withdrawing forces from Afghanistan, one may assume that the situation in Afghanistan will destabilize, and Islamic extremism will flow to post-Soviet countries. One requires highly professional military groups consisting of local residents, and such units would be good for the Russian army. It is not Russian soldiers that should fight against Islamists, but professionals from among citizens of these countries - contractors who should fight in specially created units. Stability in the region would thus be based on a foreign legion, should it appear in the Russian army."