09/10/2014 08:42 am ET Updated Nov 10, 2014

Putin: NATO Uses Ukraine Rhetoric To 'Resuscitate' Itself


MOSCOW, Sept 10 (Reuters) - President Vladimir Putin signed a decree on Wednesday taking direct charge of a commission that oversees Russia's defense industry as Moscow tries to reduce reliance on Western equipment following sanctions over the Ukraine crisis.

He also said NATO was using rhetoric over the conflict in Ukraine to "resuscitate itself" and that Russia had warned repeatedly that it would have to respond to such moves. (Writing by Timothy Heritage, editing by Elizabeth Piper)