President Vladimir Putin said on Thursday he signed off on establishing a Russian military task force in Crimea, region which Moscow annexed from Ukraine, but said the presence would not be too heavy or costly.
Putin was speaking during a meeting with members of Russian State Duma in Yalta on August 14.
"The Defence Ministry prepared ... a separate program for the creation and development of military forces in Crimea. I approved this program,- he said. "It will not be excessive, it will not be expensive"- he added.
The two-day visit to Crimea is Putin's second to the Black Sea peninsula since its annexation.