Russian Military bombs ‘Enemy Submarine’ in Drills Near U.S. War Games

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The Russian KA-27 is specially designed to detect and destroy enemy submarines, making it a formidable aircraft for NATO forces stationed near Russia’s military in the Baltic region. (MAIQUEL TORCATT/AFP/GETTY IMAGES)

 

Russian helicopters on Wednesday staged explosive exercises, destroying maritime targets in the already tense Baltic region, where the U.S. began its own multinational war games just one day earlier.

The Russian military deployed 10 Kamov KA-27 antisubmarine warfare helicopters from the naval aviation branch of its Baltic Fleet to participate in bombing a simulated hostile submarine off the coast of Kaliningrad, an exclave of Russian territory situated between Lithuania and Poland. Both of these countries, along with the Baltic states Latvia and Estonia, are part of the U.S.-led military alliance NATO, which on Tuesday launched a regional exercise called Tobruq Legacy 2017, involving multiple European allies of the U.S. As the rivalry between Russia and NATO heats up, both displayed the readiness and might of their respective armed forces. Continue reading

Iran Signs Oil For Goods Deal With Russia: Breaks Free Of Petrodollar

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Iran signed an agreement with Russia under which it has broken free from the petrodollar, and will “sell”, or rather barter crude oil to Russia in exchange for products. The announcement was made by Iran’s Oil Minister Bijan Zanganeh, as reported by Russia’s RIA and TASS news agencies.

“The deal has been concluded. We are just waiting for the implementation from the Russian side. We have no difficulties; we signed the contract, everything is coordinated between the parties. We are waiting for Russian oil companies to send tankers,” he said, as quoted by Russian news agencies. While sanctions against Iran have been lifted, restrictions on trade in US dollars for the country’s banks remain, making it difficult to sell oil on the open market. Continue reading

Russian government admits agencies were hacked

The Russian government has announced that 20 different bodies within Russia, many of them government agencies, have been found with espionage malware lurking in their networks

The Russian government has been hacked, according to the state security agency, the FSB.

Malware was discovered on the systems of 20 organisations within Russia including several state agencies. Defence companies, scientific and military institutions and  “critical infrastructures” were also compromised. Continue reading

Russia’s new missile has 250-mile reach

Russia has a new, long-range missile for its S-300V4 anti-ballistic missile system that is capable of striking targets up to 250 miles away, officials said Thursday.

That means that Airborne early warning and control aircraft, including AWACS [Airborne Warning and Control System], will noew [sic] be unable to enter the 400-kilometer zone without repercussions,” Pavel Sozinov, chief designer for the state-run Almaz-Antey defense company, told the TASS news service. Continue reading

Russia Will Not Send U.S. Astronauts to ISS After 2018

It was already bad enough the United States had self-created its dependency on an enemy. Now it’s in a position that’s hard to get out of now that NASA has been gutted. Some would argue it’s easy to become independent again, but since when has the government acted with urgency and efficiency when it’s for the nation’s own good?

 

NASA has few other options for sending people to the space station.

Russia will not conduct any more space launches to send U.S. astronauts to the International Space Station after 2018, according to a release issued by the country’s TASS news agency.

“We are working with our partners under the effective contracts, but we have no plans for concluding new ones,” Sergey Saveliev, the deputy chief of Russia’s state-run space agency Roscosmos, told TASS.

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China, Russia increase joint drills as they deepen defence ties to contain US, their mutual foe

China and Russia will increase military exercises to strengthen security and defence cooperation amid growing tensions in the ­disputed South China Sea.

Russian Defence Minister ­Sergey Shoigu unveiled the plan at a meeting with his visiting ­Chinese counterpart Chang ­Wanquan on Wednesday, Tass news agency reported.

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Russia’s Permanent Representative To NATO Amb. Grushko: The NATO-Russia Council Meeting Attests To NATO’s Failure To Isolate Russia

On April 20, 2016, the NATO-Russia Council’s first meeting in almost two years took place in Brussels, Belgium. The last time the NRC met was in June 2014.[1] Following the Ukrainian crisis and the annexation of Crimea by Russia in 2014, civilian and military cooperation between NATO and Russia was suspended; however, some channels of communication remained open, and NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg has met with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov several times during the past two years. Following the NRC meeting, Stoltenberg said that NATO and Russia continue to have “profound and persistent disagreements.”[2]

All the heads of missions of the 28 NATO member states participated in the meeting, which went nearly two hours longer than planned. Russia was represented by its Permanent Representative to NATO, Ambassador Alexander Grushko. Continue reading

Russia plans 16 launches of intercontinental ballistic missiles in 2016

The Russian Strategic Missile Troops plan 16 test launches of intercontinental ballistic missiles, taken into service, in 2016, Russian news agency TASS reported referring to the Russian Defense Ministry.

At the same time, the Strategic Missile Troops plan to conduct more than 100 command and staff, tactical and special exercises, according to the report. Continue reading

Report: Russia plans to buy 200 aircraft, 30 ships per year

The Russian Defence Ministry will buy roughly 200 aircraft and about 30 ships annually, state-owned news agency TASS reported on 14 December citing Russian chief of General Staff Valery Gerasimov. Continue reading