The State Duma of the Russian Federation adopted in the first reading amendments the Defense Law about improvement of system of state and military management in peace and wartime.
The document makes to legislation changes assuming development of new document of military planning - the Plan of defense of the Russian Federation. Powers of the president and the government, function of regional executive authorities and local government in the field of the defense organization are specified, concept "territorial defense" for uniform understanding of this term is defined.
"She assumes that all bodies (including local authorities) take part in territorial defense. It is protection of bridges, communications. It is cooperation of all authorities of regions", - the head of the Duma committee of defense Vladimir Komoyedov declared.
According to the project, the provision about the General Staff will be approved by the president of the country instead of the Minister of Defense.
"According to the new document, role of the General Staff on management of the military organization of the state raises. Proceeding from it, the General Staff will plan in interests of defense not only activity of Armed forces, but also all other armies and armed groups", - V. Komoyedov told.
According to him, The General Staff has to carry out functions under control not only to Minister of Defense, but also the president. The General Staff becomes non-departmental body in peace and the wartime who develops plans, forms them of defense.