(From BBC Monitoring International Reports)
Moscow, 23 June: President Vladimir Putin has spoken at a ceremonial reception in honour of graduates of military academies and universities held in the Great Kremlin Palace.
He noted that "today it is your destiny not only to guard the country's sovereignty and independence and its national interests. You are also to take an active part in reforming the entire military organization of the state".
Putin noted that only people who are educated, who think in contemporary terms and are who receptive to new ideas are capable of coping with such major tasks. He said that the work of officers "will require the …