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Russian President Vladimir Putin (R) speaks with newly appointed armed forces Chief-of-Staff Valery Gerasimov (L) and Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu during their meeting in Moscow's Kremlin November 9, 2012. REUTERS/Alexsey Druginyn/RIA Novosti/Pool

Russian President Vladimir Putin (R) speaks with newly appointed armed forces Chief-of-Staff Valery Gerasimov (L) and Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu during their meeting in Moscow's Kremlin November 9, 2012. REUTERS/Alexsey Druginyn/RIA Novosti/Pool

Russian President Vladimir Putin (R) speaks with newly appointed armed forces Chief-of-Staff Valery Gerasimov (L) and Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu during their meeting in Moscow's Kremlin November 9, 2012. REUTERS/Alexsey Druginyn/RIA Novosti/Pool
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Russian President Vladimir Putin (C) speaks with newly appointed armed forces Chief-of-Staff Valery Gerasimov (R) and Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu during their meeting in Moscow's Kremlin November 9, 2012. REUTERS/Alexsey Druginyn/RIA Novosti/Pool

Russian President Vladimir Putin (C) speaks with newly appointed armed forces Chief-of-Staff Valery Gerasimov (R) and Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu during their meeting in Moscow's Kremlin November 9, 2012. REUTERS/Alexsey Druginyn/RIA Novosti/Pool

Russian President Vladimir Putin (C) speaks with newly appointed armed forces Chief-of-Staff Valery Gerasimov (R) and Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu during their meeting in Moscow's Kremlin November 9, 2012. REUTERS/Alexsey Druginyn/RIA Novosti/Pool
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