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Dimitri Rogozin departs from Brussels to reach Moscow

(BRUSSELS2) Permanent representative of Russia to NATO, Dimitri Rogozin is, to say the least, a colorful character, not hesitating to make an offensive witticism. He was in all the Russian fights in Brussels, ardently defending his country's position, whether it was Kosovo or Georgia, the intervention in Libya or the anti-missile shield. Since today (December 23), he has had a new role as decided by President Medvedev: Deputy Prime Minister in charge of the defense industry. He will be responsible for ensuring the modernization of which still represents one of Russia's industrial flagships. An unprecedented effort was decided this year with a 50% increase in spending to reach $25 billion. It’s about transforming this investment to make it more effective. Which is not won.

Ensuring that every ruble transforms the Russian army into one of the best in the world

In his roadmap drawn up by Medvedev, Rogozin also has the task of fighting corruption, which is plaguing the sector. During the nomination transcribed on the Kremlin website, the new arrival also promised to “ work strictly in accordance with your instructions, with a view to rebuilding our defense sector within all deadlines and curbing any attempt at corruption with an iron fist. Our country has allocated a lot of money to our defense complex. (…) I promise you that every ruble, every cent, will be spent wisely, to achieve its destination, the achievement of our army and navy in the form of modern military technology and equipment, so that our armed forces are among the best in the world »

Despite everything, Rogozin remains Deputy Prime Minister. And other files may be entrusted to him, in conjunction with the Cabinet » Medvedev clarified. We can bet that he will continue to follow certain issues such as NATO's anti-missile shield. The cabinet today led by Putin should tomorrow, according to the agreement between the two men, fall to Medvedev.

As for Rogozin's predecessor in this post, Sergei Ivanov, former adviser to Boris Elstine, and Minister of Defense from 2001 to 2007, he will take over the presidency as special adviser to President Medvedev.

(Nicolas Gros-Verheyde)

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Nicolas Gros Verheyde

Chief editor of the B2 site. Graduated in European law from the University of Paris I Pantheon Sorbonne and listener to the 65th session of the IHEDN (Institut des Hautes Etudes de la Défense Nationale. Journalist since 1989, founded B2 - Bruxelles2 in 2008. EU/NATO correspondent in Brussels for Sud-Ouest (previously West-France and France-Soir).