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Putin visits Kalashnikov rifle plant


09-21-2016 13:04 BJT

Russian President Vladimir Putin has visited a rifle production plant in the industrial city of Izhevsk. He told workers there the country needs to balance military expenditure with social expenditure.

"Our military expenditure won't suppress our need to solve social issues, like pensions, medicine, education. These are some of the many things covered by the federal budget. We'll need to find a happy medium between military and social expenses," Putin said.

The visit comes as United Russia, the ruling Pro-Putin party, expanded its grip on parliament. The party has won three-quarters of the seats in the parliamentary elections on Sunday. Putin sees the governing party's huge gain as a vote of confidence in his government. He also said earlier that the results of the State Duma election reflect the citizens' reaction towards "external attempts to put pressure on Russia".

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