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U.S. Senator Challenges Pentagon over Russian Arms to Syria



MOSCOW, June 13 (RIA Novosti)


A U.S. Senator has called on the Pentagon to take action against Russia's state arms exporter Rosoboronexport, which he claims is "arming the Assad regime" in Syria.

"I remain deeply troubled that the [Defense Department] would knowingly do business with a firm that has enabled mass atrocities in Syria," Republican Senator John Cornyn, a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, wrote in a letter to Defense Secretary Leon Panetta.

"Such actions by Rosoboronexport warrant the renewal of U.S. sanctions against it, not a billion-dollar contract."

Cornyn was referring to a U.S. Army contract with the Moscow-based firm to buy 21 Russian-made Mi-17 helicopters for Afghanistan's forces. Pentagon officials have said Washington could place an order for additional 12 helicopters, bringing the total value of the purchase to about $1 billion.

Cornyn invoked his senatorial prerogative to put a hold on Heidi Shyu, U.S. President Barack Obama's nominee to serve as Assistant Secretary of the U.S. Army for Acquisition, Logistics, and Technology, as a means of pressurizing the Pentagon to review the contact.

But a Pentagon spokesman said dealing with Rosoboronexport was the "only legally available method" to supply the helicopters to Afghanistan.

"We understand the concerns. We're not ignoring them," Pentagon spokesman George Little told a news briefing on Tuesday. "But I would make the point that, in the case of Afghanistan, the Mi-17 is about giving them what they need and what they can use effectively to take on their own fights inside their own country."

Rosoboronexport was subject to U.S. sanctions from 2006 to 2010 for allegedly providing nations including Iran and Syria with equipment that could be used to develop weapons of mass destruction.

Russia is the biggest supplier of arms to Syria, and maintains its only military base outside the former Soviet Union there. Earlier this month, President Vladimir Putin said Russian arms were not being used against pro-democracy protesters fighting to oust Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, a claim derided as "patently untrue" by U.S. State Secretary Hillary Clinton on Tuesday.

Speaking in Washington, Clinton accused Russia of sending combat helicopters to Syria, saying the shipment will escalate the 15-month-old conflict "quite dramatically."

Russia has insisted its arms shipments to Damascus were not violating any international laws, but has twice - along with China - vetoed UN resolutions against Damascus over what it calls a pro-rebel bias.

Rosoboronexport declined to comment when contacted by RIA Novosti.

Mil helicopters, which make Mi-17 and Mi-24 attack helicopters, was also unavailable for comment.

Earlier this month, five U.S. defense firms competing for a U.S. army tender issued in April announced plans to use Rosoboronexport as a subcontractor, in a move condemnned by rights activists.

The decision to subcontract through the Russian company was "out of step" with Obama's committment to stop the violence in Syria, the Human Rights First group said on Tuesday.

A U.S. intelligence report released earlier this week also said the firm was supplying equipment for Iran's disputed missile program.

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Putin: Russia Ready to Respond to U.S. Missile Defense
   
   
KORENOVSK (Krasnodar Territory), June 14 (RIA Novosti)

Russia has every possibility to provide proper response to the projected deployment of a U.S. missile shield in Europe, though Moscow would like to see the U.S. plans revised, Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Thursday.

“We should look forward and give response [to these plans] in a timely manner,” Putin told servicemen at a Russian air base.

“Of course, our partners should better not do this [implement their missile shield plans] as this move would drive our response,” he added.

The president stressed that regardless to the rhetoric western politicians use to describe the shield deployment plans, “this remains a part of the arms race.”

“We have every possibility to provide a proper response,” he said.

In liaison with this, Putin stressed the importance of timely implementation of state defense orders. “We must implement state defense orders strictly on time, with the necessary quality and at reasonable prices. If we do it, there will be no particular threat to us.”

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Russia Must Develop Unmanned Planes - Putin
   
   
   
KORENOVSK (Krasnodar Territory), June 14 (RIA Novosti)


Russia must develop a range of military unmanned air vehicles (UAV) including strike and reconnaissance types, Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Thursday during a visit to an air force base.

"We need a program for unmanned aircraft. Experts say this is a most important area of development in aviation," he said. "We need a range of all types, including automated strike aircraft, reconnaissance and other types," Putin said.

Russia plans to spend around 400 billion rubles ($13 billion) on UAV development in the next eight years.

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Fourth T-50 Stealth Fighter to Fly This Year
   
   
   
KORENOVSK (Krasnodar Territory), June 14 (RIA Novosti)   


Russia's United Aircraft Corporation (UAC) is to introduce a fourth Sukhoi T-50 stealth fighter into its test and development program this year, the company's President Mikhail Pogosyan said on Thursday.

"We are now testing three aircraft. A fourth will be brought in this year," he said.

Pogosyan had said earlier this year that the firm would introduce a fourth aircraft into the test program but did not disclose when.

The first production standard T-50 is due to enter service with the Russian Air Force by 2015, and the first evaluation example by 2013. The service plans to acquire 60 of the fifth-generation fighters.

The T-50, also known as project PAK-FA, first flew on January 29, 2011 and was first publicly revealed at the Moscow Air Show in August that year. India will also acquire an advanced fighter aircraft based on the T-50.

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Russia's new super tanks and Terminators conquer Europe
                  
                  
                  
15.06.2012



Russian Vice Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin, who oversees the military-industrial complex, praised the domestic weapons this week. In his words, Russian weapons are not inferior to world's best standards and may sometimes exceed them. In particular, he pointed out the sniper rifles, which are produced by a private company supported by the Russian government. The company "produces the best sniper rifles of different calibers in Europe," said Rogozin without making any clarifications, Interfax reports.

The Vice Prime Minister added that Russia currently conducts certification tests for its new gun, "Swift," which after a few months will be accepted for service to replace the Makarov pistol. "This gun is superior to such samples as the Austrian" Glock ", caliber 9 to 19, 18 rounds of ammunition in the magazine. It's a pleasure to even hold it in your hand," Rogozin said.

The Vice Prime Minister advocates the interests of the Russian defense industry in general. However, he now praises Russian products against the background of Eurosatory-2012 international arms show, in which Russia participates. The show takes place in Paris from 11 to 15 June.

For the first time in many years, Russia exported samples of full-scale combat vehicles and small arms to exhibit abroad. And it's not only the development of the old Soviet designs, but also completely new product, the Rossiyskaya Gazeta said.

The exposition of the Russian delegation is represented by 14 companies of the military-industrial complex. Among them is Rosoboronexport, Instrument Design Bureau, Uralvagonzavod, Izhmash, Concern PVO Almaz-Antei,   and others. The exhibition represents about 200 samples of the Russian defense industry, ITAR-TASS reported.

The highlight of the program is an exhibition of Uralvagonzavod, the main exhibits of which include an upgraded version of the T-90C - T90CM and tank support combat vehicle (BMPT) "Terminator."

The opportunities of Eurosatory-2012 do not make it possible to demonstrate   the T-90S and the "Terminator" in action. In Paris, one can only see that on a giant screen. The actual demonstration takes place at a similar show in Nizhny Tagil.

The tank is the main striking force of ground troops in any army of the world. Second World War showed, though, that the formidable machine can be easily vulnerable under certain conditions. It's a simple thing to combine the power of a small caliber machine-gun and the destructive power of tank guns. And it was Russian scientists who did it first, the newspaper wrote.

"The new upgraded version has all combat characteristics of the tank enhanced: firepower, mobility and security," chief designer of the vehicle, general director of the Ural Transport Machine Building Design Bureau (UKBTM) Andrew Terlikov said.

He described the performance of the tank as follows: "The upgraded T-90C equipped with a new 24/7 fire control system that comes complete with the modern aiming system. The sights have both daytime and nighttime thermal imaging channels with modern thermal imagers."

The new model provides the range to 5 miles and striking probability close to 100% at both day and night time. The target-servicing time does not exceed 10 seconds, which makes the T-90CM superior to all analogues in the world.

A distinctive feature of the control system is its new digital technologies. "In fact, the design of the modernized tank introduces the concept of an electronic digital board, which was developed in Russia fully," said Terlikov.

According to him, the new machine has a forced induction engine power to 130 hp higher than that of the T-90C, with the same indicators of reliability and simplicity of operation, as well as the ability to work in the harshest conditions (high temperatures in a desert, or in the highlands).

The modular armor of the T-90CM ensures protection against all anti-tank weapons. Modularity allows to replace damaged parts of the armor in combat operations. In addition, they can also be replaced as new means of protection are developed, providing thus a high potential for an improved version of modernization.

Traditionally, Russian tanks on the upgraded T-90C version has a protection system against laser weapons.

According to experts, the modernized version of the vehicle will be in demand on the market. Active marketing is currently being conducted for the T-90CM tank on traditional markets (India, North Africa and CIS countries), and in the South-East Asia, South America, Central Africa. The serial production of the new tanks is planned to be launched in 2013.

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More suicides than combat deaths among US troops
                                                
                                             
17.06.2012


There are more suicides than combat deaths in U.S. troops...in 155 days, 154 suicides were reported. The number of U.S. soldiers who died by suicide since the beginning of this year already exceeds the number of troops killed in combat in the Afghanistan war in 2012, official figures provided by the Department of Defense United States confirm.

The number of U.S. soldiers who died by suicide since the beginning of this year already exceeds the number of troops killed in combat in the Afghanistan war in 2012, official figures provided by the Department of Defense United States confirm.

In the first 155 days of the year, there were 154 reported suicides of American soldiers on active duty, which means that on average, between January and June 2012 the U.S. Army lost one person per day.

In the same period, the number of troops killed in Afghanistan was lower:   50%, according to the Pentagon, 139, according to the website icasualties.org, which includes accounts of combat deaths.

Pentagon data shows an extraordinary rise in the suicide rate for troops, which is now at an historical level - compared to the numbers ​​from the same period in 2011.   The suicide rate shot up 18% and 25% compared with 2010. Never in the last decade of the United States being involved in two wars (Iraq and Afghanistan), has the rate of suicides among soldiers been so high.

The Department of Defense has expressed extreme concern at the trend of the rising numbers of suicides which have occurred since 2006, reaching a peak in 2009 and again now. Before a count was made for the first half of the year, even the Secretary of Defense, Leon Panetta, had alerted leaders to the issue, writing an internal memo that "military suicide is one of the most complex and urgent issues needing attention and solutions."

Army combat stigma

"We must continue to work towards eliminating the stigma of those suffering from post-traumatic stress or other mental health problems so that these individuals will seek expert help," the document said.

Panetta wrote that commanders have an additional responsibility and "cannot tolerate any action that leads to a diminishing, humiliation or ostracism of anyone, especially those who need treatment."

In an effort to manage the individual and social problems caused by the war effort of the last decade - in addition to the increase in suicides, there is also a rise in cases of drug addiction, sexual and domestic violence and other crimes committed by soldiers.   The U.S. Army launched mental health programs for the prevention of abuse of alcohol and drugs, as well as legal and financial advice to soldiers and their families.

As commented by Paul Rieckhoff, the executive director of the Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America, the number of suicides among active duty military is "just the visible tip of the iceberg."   A inquiry conducted among the 160,000 members of his organization revealed that 37% had personal knowledge of someone who had ended their own life.

The causes for the problem identified in studies by the Pentagon with his staff show that after successive years of deployments to the theater of war, the likelihood that soldiers will develop a framework for post-traumatic stress increases. Experts say the U.S. economic situation may also be contributing to the increase of anguish and despair among American troops and their families.

Translated from the Portuguese version by:

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создано: 18/06/2012 @ 09:18
Syria: A Russian messenger missile
   
   
Beirut (Lebanon), 17 June 2012
   
   
   
by General Amin Hoteit   
   
   
After several months of aggressions against Syria and several billions invested, the balance sheet of Western campaigns is positive from a media point of view, but mediocre from a military angle. Worse! The Chinese, Russian and Iranian determination to guarantee Syria’s safety and the observance of International Law would generate such war costs as to sink the economies of those allowing themselves to be drawn in. Those who claim that their country’s direct military involvement in the region would amount to a simple “intervention,” are either foolhardy or driven by an irrational agenda.   
   
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General Amin Hoteit, former Brigadier General of   
the Lebanese Army; political analyst and   
military strategy expert.
   
   
It is now certain that the so-called “Syrian crisis”, which from the beginning struck us as being a world war against Syria [1], has become a universal problem dividing the world into two camps: the Western camp which planned, sponsored and directed the aggression carried out by Arab and regional mercenaries, at least until now [2]; and the opposing camp which coalesced on the strength of its own strategic goals.   
   
The latter represents an international group which believes that the achievement of Western objectives in Syria would signify the fall of the entire region under the influence of a neo-colonialist domination that would snuff out any velleity for freedom and independence. Clearly, therefore, the conflict is pitting an aggressor at the service of the USA against a defender, articulated around a coordinated distribution of roles for each member of its strategic organization, according to their capacity and efficiency to ward off the aggression.   
   
I. The more time passes, the more the terms of this confrontation are becoming evident. After a little over fifteen months, they can be summarized as follows:   
   
1. The defense capacities of the defenders are superior to the attack capacities of the aggressors. In fact, considering the potential on both sides, the possibility for the aggressors to reach their aims in Syria and to remodel the region according to the interests of the USA and Zionism has completely faded. Consequently, it sounds ridiculous and full of situational irony to hear the aggressors repeating over and over again, “The Syrian President must go”, “He must hand over power to a civil transitional government”, “A peaceful transition of power is needed”, since they behave as if they were victorious when in reality they have been defeated. Their aggression has reaped nothing but their own crimes, which have cost the lives of innocent Syrians. Unless, of course, they consider criminality as a victory?   
   
2. The aggressors’ system is disintegrating and collapsing while the cohesion of the defenders’ system is rapidly gaining solidity as each of its members estimate that the Syrian question is of direct concern to them. This explains the increasingly strong stand they have been taking against all foreign attack or intervention in Syria, under any pretext intended to justify the use force, notably by the adoption of a resolution within the framework of Chapter VII. The USA might be at the point of grasping these facts, especially since Russia’s last stand on the matter. Only the “desert oil barons” remain blind to the evidence, refusing to understand. This is why, under the Secretary General (unfortunately named “Al-Arabi”) of the oil Arab League, allegedly concerned by the “Arab cause”, they persist in demanding that the “Syrian question” be subjected to the famous Chapter VII. But, in this case, their calls will not be heard through the definitely sealed doors of the Security Council.   
   
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3. Furthermore, it is important to note that each of these two camps assembles and exhibits its forces with the aim of hastening the decisive hour and fixing an outcome which will be favorable to themselves.   
   
Actually, as we wrote above [3], the camp of the aggressors organized military maneuvers on a large scale in Jordan dubbed “Eager Lion”, after having recruited all the forces which could play a role in its future military intervention in Syria. It generously showered the so-called “Syrian opposition” with weapons of all sorts and technologies to provide the mercenary terrorists working for them will all the means to commit their crimes. It tasked the international observers with collecting information likely to legitimize an imminent military intervention. It decided to gag the Syrian media in order to create favorable conditions for its military campaign, thereby suggesting it is approaching, with or without a mandate from the Security Council. To top it all, Israeli maneuvers have been set in motion to allegedly transmit the message of an attack against the Hezbollah strongholds.   
   
After resisting and absorbing the shocks since the beginning of the aggression, and after allowing Syria the time to accomplish its reforms, the camp of the defenders is also intent on assembling and displaying its forces to strengthen its defenses and confirm its gains. Thus, after the success of the Syrian legislative elections, the camp of the defenders adopted the firm and irreversible decision to combat terrorism relentlessly, which was followed by the “surprise test” of the Russian intercontinental ballistic missile [4], which spread confusion in the camp of the adversaries where the gravity of this new military message was well understood. It clearly signifies that the political decisions, enunciated by Moscow inside and outside of the Security Council, are founded on real military power, readily deployable in the case of aggression. A plan of common military maneuvers involving several member countries in the defenders’ camp was quickly envisaged. The scheme of strangling the Syrian media [5] was thwarted before it even got off the ground through a series of measures adapted to the circumstances and capable of protecting Syria’s right to make her voice heard.   
   
II. In such conditions, the real issue at stake is the future of the global crisis, revealed by the so-called Syrian crisis: is the world on the eve of a global military confrontation, or are these shows of force only meant to serve as bargaining chips in future negotiations? Now, when it comes to war, it is logically impossible to start an attack before making sure of two elements: the first concerns the possibility of accomplishing the expected feat while pushing the adversary towards collapse or some sort of demoralization or confusion; the second concerns the capacity of transforming a military victory into a political success permitting to consolidate, conserve and exploit this victory. In some cases, a third element is to be taken into account in terms of the potential losses that the attacker can withstand as a result of the confrontation. If we apply these immutable rules to the camp of the aggressors, the following observations can be made:   
   
1. In the domain of conventional war, the essential military forces in the NATO camp have been through two disappointing decades which have drained their economy to the point that they cannot envisage a new war, while the opposing camp boasts defensive capacities which would be hard to defeat. This leads us to discard the eventuality of a military intervention, whether justified or not by a Security Council resolution.   
   
2. In the domain of the ongoing guerilla and terrorist campaigns, fueled and directed by the camp of the aggressors who are craving for the violence to escalate and spread throughout the entire Syrian territory, especially to major cities such as Damascus and Aleppo, the media hype and the aggressors’ possibilities fall short of the necessary threshold to achieve their goals. On the other hand, it is now clear that the next stage of the fight against terrorism will be different from the previous ones. Since the formation of the new government by free parliamentary elections, it will no longer be possible to impose red lines on the Syrian Armed Forces and prevent them from doing what they need to do. It will no longer be possible for the media and the politicians in the aggressors’ camp, who are behind the massacres, to continue their fraudulent campaigns accusing the Syrian State of crimes which they have committed themselves. It will no longer be acceptable that the international observer mission should serve to intensify criminal campaigns, a mission which is now questionable due to its voluntary or involuntary failure to report the truth.   
   
3. For the rest, we need only recall that Israel is unable to set up a defensive device to protect its domestic front. Israel is burning with impatience to attack Iran, in addition to all the threats it continually spurts out against Iran’s nuclear program. This simple reminder suffices to understand that the camp of the aggressors is not in a position to confront the foreseeable reaction to its aggression.   
   
III. Consequently, we can deduct that the military war against Syria is rather unlikely and that the terrorist war will not permit the aggressors to achieve their aims. On the contrary, it will generate losses that will wear them down, even if this should take some time. At this stage, we can return to the question asked above: why such an assembly of forces?   
   
In our opinion, the answer lies in the fact that the aggressors’ camp, being aware of its failure, knows that the only way out will be a negotiated and peaceful solution. It also knows, however, that those who sit down at the negotiating table will only receive a share proportional to their gains on the ground and to the cards they hold in their hands. This explains why the aggressors’ camp seeks to assemble as much as possible to render its defeat more tolerable, now that its victory in Syria has entered the realm of fiction and that Russia sent off an invitation to negotiate via a code which can be deciphered by anyone who is familiar with the protocol: a missile which has lifted doubts, dispelled delusions and opened the way to peace. Thus, President Bashar Al-Assad will have offered his father the strategic balance for which he had always striven and of which he had always dreamed, in commemoration of the 10th anniversary of his death.   
   
General Amin Hoteit   
   
Source: Tayyar (Lebanon)   
   
Translated from French by Olivia Kroth.   
   
   
[1] "The Middle East counter-revolution,” by Thierry Meyssan, Komsomolskaya Pravda , Voltaire Network, 26 May 2011.   
   
[2] “The Bloody Road to Damascus: The Triple Alliance’s War on a Sovereign State,” by James Petras, Voltaire Network, 11 March 2012.   
   
[3] "Syrie : Maneuvres militaires en Jordanie...simple message ou signes avant-coureurs d’une operation militaire conjointe de 19 pays," by General Amin Hoteit, mondialisation.ca, 23 May 2012.   
   
[4] “Russian Warning Shots,” by Thierry Meyssan, Voltaire Network, 11 June 2012.   
   
[5] “NATO preparing vast disinformation campaign”, by Thierry Meyssan, Komsomolskaya Pravda, Voltaire Network, 11 June 2012.   
   
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Preparations for the Syrian campaign are complete and now at any time the Russian Navies can obtain the order and the big landing ships can begin moving of the Russian forces of a special purpose to the Syrian port Tartus. The Russian Air Force intends to provide cover of sea transport by distant aircrafts.
 
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The Syrian military airfields prepare for reception of several hundred warplanes.
 
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War against Russia is a road to hell
                  
                  
                  
22.06.2012


On June 22, Russia remembers the summer day of 1941 - the day when the Great Patriotic War began. There was also the Patriotic War, the 200th anniversary of which will be marked this year too. It was almost the same time of the year, when Napoleon crossed Russia's borders and threatened to destroy the country. Napoleon and Hitler had to experience very hard times when they dared to attack Russia.
   
Many people will find these coincidences highly interesting.
   
Napoleon was born in 1760 - Hitler was born in 1889 (a difference of 129 years).
   
Napoleon came to power in 1804 - Hitler came to power in 1933 (a difference of 129 years).
   
Napoleon entered Vienna in 1812 - Hitler went to Vienna in 1941 (a difference of 129 years).
   
Napoleon lost the war in 1816 - Hitler lost the war in 1945 (a difference of 129 years).
   
This information seems to be very surprising indeed. It was available during the Soviet years. However, one had to search thick textbooks on history and encyclopedias to be able to make such comparisons. Nowadays, it is enough to search the Internet.
   
Just try to realize: Napoleon and Hitler came to power when they were 44 years old. They both attacked Russia when they were 52. The Emperor and the Fuhrer lost their wars when they were 56.
   
Many researchers point out similarities in the origin of Napoleon and Hitler, who did not belong to the title nation. Corsica became a French territory a few months before the birth of Napoleon. Austria became a part of Germany as a result of Anschluss, which was conducted under Hitler as a politician. The same cane be said about Stalin too.
   
However, it is clear that there are more differences than similarities between the two politicians. There was only one major similarity in their lives - they attacked Russia and they had to pay for that.
   
"The peace that we will conclude will put an end to the disastrous influence, which Russia has been showing on Europe for 50 years. I am going to Moscow, and I will finish it all off in one or two battles. Emperor Alexander will be begging for peace on his knees. I will burn Tula and disarm Russia," Napoleon said.
   
Adolf Hitler said: "We continue where things ended six hundred years ago. We stop the endless German procession to Southern and Western Europe and turn our eyes towards the land in the east. We finally complete colonial and economic politics of the prewar period and move on the territorial politics of the future. But when in today's Europe we speak of new land, we can think only of Russia and the states bordering on and subordinate to it." "German Armed Forced must be prepared to destroy the Soviet Russia in a short-term campaign before the war against England comes to an end," he wrote in the directive for Operation Barbadossa.

Adolf Hitler did not listen to his country-fellow and the creator of the Second Reich, Otto von Bismarck. Bismarck wrote: "Even the most favorable outcome of the war will never lead to the decomposition of the main forces of Russia, which is based on millions of faithful Russians ... The latter, even if they become separated as a result of international treaties, they will quickly re-connect with each other, as the particles of the cut piece of mercury. This indestructible State of the Russian nation is strong for its climate, territories and its simplicity, as well as for the need to defend its borders constantly. This State, even after complete destruction, will turn into a revengeful enemy."
   
The above was written more than 50 years before Operation Barbadossa. So it was Hitler, not Napoleon, who did not learn the lesson. Napoleon did not listen to his generals and ministers either. French general and diplomat Caulaincourt strongly strongly advised Napoleon to renounce his proposed expedition to Russia. "The war against Russia is a road to hell," he said.
   
There are many reasons to explain the death of the Great French Army and the German Wehrmacht on vast Russian territories. "Different nations gave different examples of human ideals. For Chinese - it is a wise man, for Hindu - it is an ascetic, for Romans, it is an emperor, for England and Spain - an aristocrat, for Prussians - a solider. Russia is seen for the ideal of its woman," German researcher Walter Schubart wrote in his work "Europe and the Soul of the East."

   
   
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Turkey conducts dangerous game on situation destabilization in the Middle East. The Turkish Air Force purposely arranges daily provocations on the Syrian border, on purpose to cause fire of the Syrian air defenses against morally and technically out-of-date Turkish planes. The purpose of provocations is involvement of the European countries in the military conflict to Syria, Russia, Iran and China. Turkish citizens should understand that the Turkish ruling mode destroys Turkish economy and conducts Turkey to loss of the state independence. The countries having territorial disputes with Turkey, nationalist movements and ethnic groups intend to use the arising conflict for rejection of considerable sites of the Turkish territory and creation of the new national states.

 
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создано: 29/06/2012 @ 15:14
The Russian General Staff completely excludes emergence of the Russian-Turkish conflict now. Meanwhile the Russian generals don't presume to risk lives of the Russian pilots and marines now. Russia will be limited to start of ballistic missiles with an active vacuum stuffing in warheads which are more effective weapons of mass destruction, than a limited-yield tactical nuclear weapons.
 
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создано: 06/07/2012 @ 23:28
The world promptly comes nearer to war, the last in the history of mankind. Barack Obama's administration intends to deprive the most part of the American citizens of the right to life.

 
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создано: 07/07/2012 @ 19:06
The cross in height of 25 meters should tower over the Kozhuh mountain for avoidance of radiating accident which will take away thousands lives of the Bulgarian citizens.



 
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создано: 10/07/2012 @ 18:08
Russian and Chinese admirals direct the military flotillas to the Mediterranean Sea for participation in planned military trainings. The decision on carrying out joint trainings of four fleet was accepted more than an one years ago and these trainings in no way isn't connected with tragic events in Syria.

 
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Russian warships in Syria: Any guesses?
                                                   
                                                
11.07.2012


Source: Itar-Tass

The departure of a large group of ships of the Russian Navy to the coast of Syria is pursuing two well-defined goals, experts believe. The first one of them is to reinforce Russia's stance on Syria with real arguments. The second one is to evacuate Russian citizens from the country, if necessary.

However, they suspect in the West that the training and combat mission of the Russian warships is being carried out to cover up the delivery of arms to the troops of Bashar al-Assad. Many in the West also think that the mission manifests Russia's claim for a piece of the Syrian coast, on which there is an army base in Tartus. Traditionally, the Defense Ministry does not share much information on the subject. Russian defense officials do not hurry to confirm the information saying that the Russian ships will call at a Syrian port.

Landing ship "Caesar Kunikov" of the Black Sea Fleet went to the Mediterranean Sea on Wednesday, Interfax said. "On Sunday, the ship was ordered to follow in the Mediterranean Sea ... The ship will be solving the tasks of military service. The plan of the mission stipulates a stop at the Syrian port of Tartus to replenish stocks. A Marine Corps detachment in on board the ship," said the source. It was also said that that rescue tug "Miner" took the course in the Mediterranean Sea.   Earlier, rescue tug SB-5 entered the Mediterranean Sea too.

The first official reaction of the U.S. authorities was diplomatic and calm. "We have received information about the mission of the ships, we've also heard the Russian authorities saying that the ships would call at Tartus for refueling and that their mission was not connected with the Syrian conflict. We hope it's true ... We are in touch with the Russian side on this issue," State Department spokesman Patrick Ventrell said.

Erin Pelton, a spokeswoman of the U.S. National Security Council reminded reporters that Russia had is a point of technical servicing in Tartus. "We do not see any reason to believe this campaign is something extraordinary. But I'd recommend asking details from the Russian authorities," Al Arabia quoted Pelton.

Russia's Defense Ministry is being careful with its comments about sending the warships to the Mediterranean Sea. Thus, the press-service of the ministry announced that "the group of the ships of the Northern and Baltic fleets will conduct a training combat mission in the Mediterranean and in the Black Seas, in collaboration with a group of Black Sea Fleet - large landing warships "Nikolay Filchenkov, " "Caesar Kunikov "and escort ship "Smetliviy." The officials also explained that the group included Northern Fleet ships "Admiral Chabanenko", "Aleksandr Otrakovsky," "George the Victorious" and "Kondopoga", as well as support vessels "Nicholai Chiker" and "Sergey Osipov". Later, the Baltic Fleet patrol ship "Yaroslav Mudry" and "Lena" tanker joined them.

However, the Defense Ministry did not specify how close the ships would approach the Syrian coast and whether they planned to call in Tartus. "Since there is a Russian base at the Syrian port of Tartus, it is possible that the ships will enter the port to replenish stocks," Andrei Taraman, the Head of Information said Wednesday.

Back in mid-June, military sources reported that a group of two large amphibious ships from the Black Sea Fleet with "black berets" on board and a rescue tug accompanying them would travel to Tartus to evacuate the personnel of the Russian base and other Russian citizens staying in Syria. The Defense Ministry remained silent for a long time, neither confirming nor denying the information.

There were several official statements released, though. For example, the Defense Ministry denied the rumors saying that "Kaliningrad", a ship of the Baltic Fleet, would join the Black Sea Fleet squadron. However, the ministry did not deny the fact that the Black Sea Fleet ships were getting ready for the mission. The officials accused foreign media of spreading disinformation: the Western media reported that Russia was working to organize joint Syrian-Iranian-Chinese-Russian maneuvers.

The last statement from the Defense Ministry about the departure of the Russian vessels to Syria's Tartus was made in late June, but it did not clarify the situation in general. "The armed forces are not taking any emergency measures... It's too early to think of something bad,"   said the chief of staff Gen. Nikolai Makarov.

While the Defense Ministry continues to remain silent about the plans of the Russian Navy to visit Tartus, the West speculates on the Mediterranean campaign of the Russian ships. There are two main objectives, journalists and analysts believe - to demonstrate force and prepare for a possible evacuation of Russians.

Western diplomats are convinced that Russia wants to show its support for Assad, and thus warn the West against the military operation in the region, The Telegraph writes. It is worthy of note that Moscow canceled the delivery of Yak-30 planes to Damascus, the newspaper said.

Earlier, Russia would send warships from time to time for maneuvers in the eastern part of the Mediterranean Sea, but the extraordinary scale of the forces sent to the region is seen as a message not only for the region but for the United States and other countries that support the rebels and try to overthrow Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, writes The New York Times.

There is also an opinion saying that Russia hopes to get hold of a strategically important piece of coast in Tartus. The Kremlin supposedly makes it clear for America and other powers that the preservation of the Russian military base in Tartus is a priority, Foreign Policy said.

Probably, Moscow hopes that the deployment of marines will help Assad's regime defeat his opponents, or preserve Russia's access to Tartus, if the regime falls, the authors of the article wrote. One or more of these groups may conclude that an attack on the Russian forces in Syria is a great way to increase their popularity and legitimacy in comparison with others, says Foreign Policy.

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Accident with the American F-16 fighter jet in the Far East is accident with the American military plane and it's not anything other more. The pilot catapulted, he remained live and was evacuated by Japanese rescuers. An American F-16 fighter jet went down in a Russian exclusive economic zone near the Kuril Islands on Monday. The cause of failure of the engine will be found out after plane's lifting from water.

 
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New sanctions of the European Union against Syria create a pretext for military incidents with participation of the Russian Navy and the Air Force. Russia doesn't recognize the sanctions of the European countries, illegal from a position of international law, and doesn't intend to carry out them. The Russian Navies and the Air Force have the order to render military cover for the Russian transport vessels in attempt of examination them by the NATO Navies ships.

 
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The Russian radars and the air defenses missile systems in Venezuela and in Cuba, the bases of Navy and the   Air Force on islands near the USA is an answer to creation of the American bases near the Russian frontiers and placement of a radars and the air defenses missile systems in Eastern Europe.

 
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US and Russia: From containment to coercion
                     
                     
                     
30.07.2012


How would you feel if an amateur shooter moves in next to you? Most likely, you will be somewhat distressed. How can Russia feel about the deployment of the U.S. military base on the territory of its nearest neighbor, Poland? Probably the same way. This is not surprising as each country thinks about safety of its citizens.

The Air Force of the United States will soon place a group of 10-20 soldiers in Poland. This is done through the deployment of a missile defense system in Europe. The soldiers will be deployed on a permanent basis. As Tomas Semonyak, the defense minister of Poland, reported after a visit to Washington, the first batch of the American soldiers can come to Poland in October and November. "I hope that this small step will be important politically," said the Minister.

The elements of the European missile defense are to be deployed in Poland in 2018. European missile defense is one of the main stumbling blocks in the relations between Russia and the United States. Russia has repeatedly called the planned deployment of a missile defense system a dangerous activity that contradicts the friendly relations between the two countries. Russia and NATO at the Lisbon summit in 2010 agreed to cooperate on this project, but the U.S. did not provide any legal assurances that this system is not aimed against Russia's nuclear deterrent.

The first stage provides for deployment of missile defense components in Turkey, in particular, sea-based systems Aegis, and a radar station detect AN/TPY-2. The second phase should be completed by 2015, and the third - by 2018. The second phase involves deployment of powerful land-and sea-based missiles SM-3, and the third - the newest interceptor missiles SM-3. The fourth phase should be completed in 2020, deploying modified SM-3 missiles and missile defense groups and bringing the capacity to up to 40 ships and hundreds of missiles.

The third and fourth phases cause great concern for Russia. In response, Russia intends to take several measures of the diplomatic and military-technical nature. In its relations with the US and prioritizing the issues of the national defense Moscow will take into account the fact of landing of the United States aviation units on the territory of Poland, said the representative of the Russian Foreign Ministry Alexander Lukashevich. He also said that Russia "has demanded additional information from its American counterparts to understand the exact situation.

As Lukashevich said, Russia looks at the significant in the military terms enhancement through the prism of the obligations under the act on relations between NATO and Russia of 1997 concerning the refusal of deployment of additional combat forces on a permanent basis." "We hope that the United States will exercise restraint in the territories of NATO," said Lukashevich.

What is the US seeking? The answer is obvious - total control. The massive military build-up will allow Washington in the near future to move to the doctrine of "containment of Russia", then the doctrine of "coercion." Its essence is simple - based on its military power to force Russia and several other states that do not fit into the American politics to obey the rules of the States. The purpose of the United States is to prevent the resurgence of Russia, which could, according to the American leadership, prevent the country's plans for world domination.

The US stepped up criticism of foreign and domestic policy of the Russian leadership. Russia is accused of backsliding on democracy, human rights abuses, Russia's interference in the freedom of speech, using energy blackmail, corruption at all levels, carrying out imperial policy in relation to the post-Soviet states, etc.

The White House is considering the formation of the CIS regional security systems in order to control the extraction of hydrocarbons, prevention of the emergence of regional security systems, and training of contingents of the armed forces of CIS countries to conduct joint operations in conflict zones. Through the active participation in the formation of different security systems, in particular, missile defense, the U.S. plans to achieve economic, political and military dominance.

The well-known expert in Russian-American relations, David Holloway, a professor at Stanford University, believes that to achieve results in the direction of mutual cooperation in missile defense, some key issues have to be solved, such as:

- The issue of a common future. Collaboration requires a shared vision of the future developed in detail, but this can only happen with mutual trust.

- The issue of mutual trust, which includes determining its level necessary for such cooperation.

- Search for a compromise. Cooperation will be useful and achievable if compromises are agreed upon. The compromise will require both parties to retreat from their positions at least partially.

- The issue of equality - a key factor in the negotiations. The need to find a compromise in terms of construction and configuration of the European missile defense that may affect the security of Russia.

However, it seems that both sides, speaking in public in favor of cooperation, in fact are either hard of hearing, or do not want to hear each other. Perhaps, it has to do with crudity and superficial nature of the proposals. The Russian government has stated many times to their partners that their proposals should be subject to a dialogue and discussion, rather than unconditional acceptance of the demands. But the dialogue has not yet been successful.

We cannot but agree with Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov who expressed the need for the joint work of technical experts. This will help clarify a number of very important technical issues that impede the achievement of military and political agreements. During the presidential campaign that takes place in the U.S., it is hard to believe in any progress in the negotiations. The more so that the Republican conservatives have made defense nearly the main point of ensuring the military security of the country, flatly denying the possibility of cooperation with Russia. But no matter who becomes U.S. president, the issue of missile defense will still have to be solved.

Hopefully, common sense will prevail and the parties concerned will return to the negotiation table. Active involvement of expert and scientific community in the process will contribute to progress. In the event that the agreement is reached, Russia has something to offer to its Western partners. Let me disagree with the statements of some experts that Russia is not able to contribute to missile defense. Russia has good potential for monitoring of missile threats, early warning and interception of missiles. This potential, subject to its modernization and harmonization of control, seems less costly and more mutually beneficial. Finding the way out of the impasse with missile defense offers advantages not only in scientific and technological, military and political terms but also economically, which is important in the context of the global financial crisis.

There are proponents of more radical measures. Military Captain Vladislav Shurygin is convinced that the next move of the Americans would require a harsh response. The main asset of Russia in a dialogue with the U.S. on missile defense can only be a successful program of building new missile systems. Russia must now produce as many missiles as possible, Shurygin believes. This would cause the U.S. to reflect on whether the deployment of missile defense is an option. There are many opinions, but one thing is clear - Russia must take more drastic steps, otherwise one day it will be surrounded by foreign military bases.   
      
   
Sergei Vasilenkov, Pravda.Ru            
            
            
 
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