June 29, 2016 / 12:37 PM / a year ago

Russian defense minister sacks Baltic Fleet command: media

Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu visits Hmeymim air base in Syria, June 18, 2016. Picture taken June 18, 2016.Vadim Savitsky/Russian Defense Ministry via Reuters

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu has sacked the commander of the Baltic Fleet and his chief of staff for "dereliction of duty" and "distortion of the real state of things", Russian media reported on Wednesday.

Shoigu cited "serious drawbacks" in the military training and everyday activities of the fleet's units and "a lack of proper care for the personnel".

Reporting by Vladimir Soldatkin; Writing by Dmitry Solovyov

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