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Russia works to calm and appease Western partners whose warships enter Black Sea

The United States has been increasing its presence in the Black Sea. USS Carney entered the water area of the Black Sea on February 17. According to representatives of the US Department of Defense, the purpose of the naval build up in the Black Sea is to reduce Moscow's sensitivity to the activity of US forces in the region. The method that the USA resorts to to "reduce sensitivity" is rather strange, because it will most likely bring the opposite result, given that deputy head of the State Duma Committee for Defense and Security, Yury Shvytkin, said that the arrival of another US Navy destroyer in the Black Sea was a provocation. Nevertheless, Washington believes that Russia will view the naval buildup in the Black Sea as a normal activity. Moreover, the neighborly presence of the military fleets of the two countries will help elaborate a better strategy of mutual behavior.

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 16:03:00 +0300

Russia to wage war in five spaces

Russia as a party to the military conflict with a high-tech enemy will conduct combat operations in at least two new spaces. Colonel-General Sergei Rudskoy, the Chief of the Main Operations Directorate of the General Staff of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation, said that the "approach to the organization of military operations has changed, as new forms and methods of creating and deploying troops and forces have emerged." Now Russia will be able to wage war in five elements - on land, in the air, at sea, in space and in cyberspace. Rudskoy also said that the scope of such objectives has significantly expanded, since the nature of modern wars has become diverse.

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 11:23:00 +0300

Russia urges USA not to play with fire in Syria

Russia calls on the United States not to play with fire in Syria and carefully prepare its moves, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said at the International Conference of the Valdai Club for the Middle East.According to Lavrov, Moscow fears that by its actions in Syria, the US is trying to dismember the country. The Americans must prove that they came to Syria with one goal - to destroy the Islamic State terrorist group.*Also, Sergey Lavrov called on the United States to observe an agreement about the inadmissibility for non-Syrian forces to be present in the southwestern zone of de-escalation in Syria.Sergei Lavrov said that the move to create de-escalation zones in Syria were not meant to divide the country into several enclaves. The zones were created in an effort to end violence in the country. *ISIL or Islamic State, ISIS is a terrorist organisation, the activities of which are prohibited on the territory of the Russian Federation.Pravda.RuRead article on the Russian version of Pravda.Ru

Mon, 19 Feb 2018 13:33:00 +0300

Why the West needs strong Russia and strong Putin

Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said recently that the notorious "Kremlin report" materialised as a result of the undercover struggle of the American establishment with US President Donald Trump and the overall confrontation of the Washington elite, which has nothing to do with Russia's reality. Official spokesperson for the Russian Foreign Ministry, Maria Zakharova, warned the US not to interfere in the presidential election in Russia in March, adding that the USA was already taking efforts in this direction. The "Kremlin report" controversy is essentially much ado about nothing. The expectation of the publication of the list was a lot more intriguing than the actual exposure of the copied and pasted list of Russian names from web pages of the presidential administration and Forbes magazine. Moreover, a warning from the US Treasury saying that new sanctions against Russia may potentially lead to negative side effects for the global financial markets has clarified the situation.Given that US officials are bad at observing their own "instructions" with respect to sanctioned individuals, it brings up one simple question: whom is this circus for? It goes about the recent visit of Russian security officials to the USA. Not only did they receive visas to the United States, but also demonstratively entered the buildings where they intended to hold meetings with US colleagues.One shall assume that it was Washington that wanted Russian security officials to come to the USA. CIA chief Mike Pompeo stated afterwards that such meetings were to ensure the safety of US citizens in the first place. Representatives of the US State Department said that such contacts were an exception for the sake of benefit. In my opinion, one can give a small ovation to the CIA director in his approach to public security.  Everyone in this world knows who is standing behind the procedure for creating a world-wide terrorist threat, and Washington is well aware of further unpredictable consequences for the Americans themselves.The Americans understand that effective anti-terrorist work without Russia is impossible. I am sure that the Americans took great care of their own image when they invited Russian security officials. It seems to me that the nonsensical "Kremlin report" and the "progress" in the Surkov-Volker format on the Ukrainian issue came as a result of the analysis of the current state off affairs in the world and Washington's realisation of the fact hat America no longer holds the initiative in the struggle for  global domination.At the same time, such an approach can be based on the interests of the United States in the first place, because the forthcoming elections to the US Congress this year can change the balance of forces. Neither Trump himself, nor his team need any surprises at this point. The Americans were forced to invite top Russian security officials to come to the States, because if meetings of such level had been held in Moscow, they would not have been allowed to take advantage of the game. One may assume that the West and the USA could be interested in the strong Russia and the strong Russian leader against the background of the global terrorist threat. After all, ensuring security is  much more important than following illusions of geopolitical domination in the world. The West understands that attempts to interfere in the Russian presidential election may lead to  unpredictable and lethal consequences for both politicians and global elites. Both Western politicians and "globalists" realise that it is only Putin who can handle all the sore points on the geopolitical map. The Americans have not been able to take successful pinpoint measures to ensure their own safety, because their strategy was always to create hotbeds of tensions and provocation. To crown it all, the West and the US have not learned to effectively counter the effects of their "colour revolutions." Many authors and bloggers in the West claim that it is too difficult for Putin to create a new image for himself to be able to surprise people on the eve of elections. Why would Putin need a new image taking into consideration the fact that he already has the reputation of one of the most influential politicians in the world?The image of Putin has been stable for long already, and Russia's recent successes in the field of defence and foreign policy are based on Putin's verified and pragmatic policy. Never before has the world respected Russia like this; never before have we been so proud of our own army and our arms. In my opinion, the March elections in Russia will be relatively smooth and quiet, because all measures to ensure the citizens' safety have been prepared very carefully. One may, of course, expect provocations, but they will mostly be informational in nature.If the West runs the risk of putting pressure on Russia, that Russians will stand up for their president and they will unite around him. This is what the phenomenon of the Russian people is about. Vladimir GromovPravda.Ru Read article on the Russian version of Pravda.Ru

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 19:15:00 +0300

MiG Corporation to make fifth-generation fighter from MiG-35

The administration of MiG Corporation intends to modernise the state-of-the-art MiG-35 fighter to the level of a fifth generation aircraft.MiG representatives said that the corporation can modernise the aircraft, including to the level of a next-generation aerial vehicle as new systems and technology emerge. The modernisation of the on-board equipment if the warplane is possible due to the principle of "open architecture" of the MiG-35.To date, the MiG-35 is the most advanced aircraft in the family of MiG fighter aircraft. The aircraft is equipped with radio electronic equipment which enables the use of all air-to-surface weapons. Earlier, it was reported that the MiG-35 will be able to use advanced military technology, including laser weapons.Pravda.Ru Read article on the Russian version of Pravda.Ru

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 13:03:00 +0300

Russia deploys powerful army in the Caucasus to contain NATO

The Ministry of Defence of the Russian Federation has started reorganising the 58th Army in the south of Russia. The army will be fortified with two motorised rifle divisions, BMP-3 and state-of-the-art T-72B3 tanks, Izvestia reports.A part of the army is to be redeployed to the Krasnodar and Stavropol regions, and new military townships will be built in Mozdok and Vladikavkaz. Thus, Russia is building up general-purpose forces to contain the threat from NATO.The 19th separate motorised rifle brigade, which was cut in 2008, will again become a full-fledged division.The 136th motorised rifle brigade stationed in Dagestan's Buinaksk will be transformed into a full-fledged division. Existing and newly created units will be equipped with new military equipment and hardware: motorised rifle divisions will receive the most powerful serial BMP-3 vehicles, whereas tank units will be armed with latest modification of the upgraded T-72B3 tank. Pravda.Ru Read article on the Russian version of Pravda.Ru

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 12:30:00 +0300

NATO wants Russian Iskander missile systems to be more transparent

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg urged Russia to show more transparency when deploying Iskander-M cruise missile complexes in the Kaliningrad enclave. Commenting on Stoltenberg's remarks, Yury Shvytkin, deputy chairman of the Duma Defence Committee, said that "it is up to Russia to decide where to deploy Iskander systems and in which quantities based on national interests of our state, but with strict observance of the norms of international law.""I'm in Romania now, and I could personally see the 2,000-strong NATO contingent being deployed at two NATO military bases 180 kilometres from Bucharest. There are up to 200 people from Poland there at the moment," the MP told Pravda.Ru. According to Shvytkin, these are clear manifestations of the fact that the US and its allies violate the norms of international law, while US military bases bring an obviously offensive and aggressive component to the situation, taking into account the military hardware and equipment that they bring with them. The United States, the MP added, will continue doing everything possible to force Russia to inform Washington about all military components of Russia's defence, especially when it comes to Iskander missile systems, because "this is a state-of-the-art weapon that poses a serious threat to Western countries."In October 2017, Russia permanently deployed Iskander-M tactical missile systems in the Kaliningrad region.The Iskander-M missile system is capable of carrying a nuclear warhead and strike targets at a distance of up to 500 km. The complexes are mobile, unobtrusive and remain constantly aimed at the probable enemy. The complex, deployed in the Kaliningrad enclave, embraces the territory of Poland, part of Germany, as well as significant parts of Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia.The deployment of Russian cruise missiles near Kaliningrad comes as an asymmetric response to the deployment of US missile defence systems in Europe and the approach of NATO's infrastructure to Russian borders, including ships in Barents, Baltic and Black and in the Mediterranean seas. Pravda.Ru Read article on the Russian version of Pravda.Ru

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 12:04:00 +0300

Russia gives up on major natural gas deposit near Crimea

The Russian authorities intend to cease production at the largest natural gas field in the Crimean shelf zone known as the Odessa natural gas deposit.The reason for the move is the interstate dispute with Ukraine at international arbitration. Russia will cease economic activities at the Odessa gas field, which provides the Crimea with almost a half of its own gas production.Ukraine's claims in this dispute relate to a wide range of issues related to Russia's activities in the Black Sea after the accession of the Crimea. In particular, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko said that Russia extracts gas at the Odessa and other fields off the coast of the Crimea thereby using the natural resources "on the Ukrainian the sea shelf."The cessation of production is a formal way to remove the claim, experts say. There is no dispute about the affiliation of the field, there is a dispute about economic activity in Ukraine's maritime borders.It is worthy of note that the administration of the Ukrainian Naftogaz company said earlier that the cessation of transit of Russian gas may cost Kiev three billion dollars annually. According to  Naftogaz CEO Andrey Kobolev, this is the amount that the country received this year from the transit of the Russian fuel. Kobolev reminded that the current contract with Russia is expiring in 2019 and the possible loss of transit "will have critical negative consequences for all of us," he said. Pravda.Ru Read article on the Russian version of Pravda.Ru

Thu, 15 Feb 2018 13:10:00 +0300

Details of telephone conversation between Putin and Poroshenko unveiled

Putin's official spokesman Dmitry Peskov unveiled a few details about the recent telephone conversation between President Putin and his Ukrainian counterpart Petro Poroshenko.Putin and Poroshenko talked on the phone on February 12. The conversation was reportedly devoted to "efforts to exchange captive border guards and release Ukrainian soldiers in the occupied territories," Ukrainian media said. The conversation took place on the third anniversary of the conclusion of Minsk-2 agreements."Indeed, the day before yesterday [February 12], there was a telephone conversation between Poroshenko and Putin," said Peskov. The conversation, he said, took place on the initiative of the Ukrainian side. "Poroshenko expressed his condolences in connection with the Russian air crash (the crash of the An-148 passenger airliner near Moscow, which killed 71 people. - ed.)," Peskov added noting that during the talks, the president of Ukraine expressed the wish to help Russia investigate the tragedy on the line of the Ukrainian manufacturer.The An-148 passenger aircraft is developed by Antonov Design Bureau. Last year, Russia decided to withdraw from the joint project with Ukraine.In addition, Poroshenko offered to continue the subject of exchange of prisoners of war between the parties to the conflict in the Donbass, Peskov said, stressing that the parties "once again emphasised the need to strictly implement the Minsk agreements."Putin and Poroshenko last spoke on the phone in late July 2017. The conversation was held within the framework of the Norman Quartet. During those talks, Poroshenko said that "the last days of July [2017] became one of the bloodiest days for Ukraine." He demanded Moscow should "immediately stop aggressive actions and cease arms supplies" to the territory of the self-proclaimed People's Republics of Donetsk and Luhansk.Pravda.RuRead article on the Russian version of Pravda.Ru

Wed, 14 Feb 2018 14:19:00 +0300

Russian Defense Ministry takes effort to mobilize servicemen in reserve

A number of Russian publications have reported the full-scale formation of the mobilization reserve.According to the Defense Ministry of the Russian Federation, servicemen in reserve who expressed a desire to conclude a contract with the Defense Ministry, will be required to attend training sessions every month and participate in military training once a year. The state will pay benefits and compensations for this activity.It was clarified that the decree about the need to create the professional mobilization reserve was signed in 2015, but they started implementing it only now. This may mean a step toward a professional contract army with a professional contractual mobilization reserve, which allows to promptly enlist pre-qualified and prepared reservists who regularly attend training camps. The move comes at the time when foreign publications continue trumpeting about the imminent war with Russia. In the spring of this year, Russia, according to the Global Military Power Index, entered the top three of most powerful armies, having taken the lead on the number of tanks. At the same time, the Russian land army was recognized as the strongest in the world. However, in the global ranking, Russia took the second place following the United States.The list starts with the USA, and continues with Russia, China, India, France, Great Britain, Japan, Turkey, Germany and Italy. The weakest armies in the world are the armies of Madagascar, Gabon, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, as well as Bosnia and Herzegovina. Pravda.Ru Read article on the Russian version of Pravda.Ru

Tue, 13 Feb 2018 15:10:00 +0300

Putin cancels all public meetings

Russian President Vladimir Putin has canceled all of his public events, including a trip to Sochi. According to Kremlin's representative Dmitry Peskov, Putin has caught cold, although others believe that there are other reasons for such major changes in the schedule. For the time being, Vladimir Putin has canceled at least two of his upcoming public events. On Tuesday, Feb. 13, he was to hold a meeting on civilian microelectronics. The meeting, which was supposed to take place in the Kremlin, is not going to take place, a source close to the organization of the event says. On Wednesday, Putin was to participate in a forum of the Agency for Strategic Initiatives. In early February, Putin publicly promised to come to the forum. However, the visit to the event has been allegedly canceled. President Putin earlier canceled his trip to Sochi, where he was supposed to go on Monday. The next day, Putin was in Moscow, where he had a meeting with the head of Palestine, Mahmoud Abbas and with winners of "Leaders of Russia" contest. Putin had a husky voice and apologized for speaking quietly. Indeed, a video from the meeting clearly shows Putin not feeling well. A source close to the Kremlin, who participated in the organization of one of the canceled events with Putin's participation, said that they did not receive any official explanations from the Kremlin. It was said that Putin could change his schedule because of certain events in Syria. Putin's press secretary later confirmed that the president caught cold. "He has common cold, there's nothing serious there. All's ok, he continues working," Peskov told reporters. Pravda.Ru

Tue, 13 Feb 2018 14:30:00 +0300

Su-25 assault aircraft made invulnerable to MANPADS after shoot-down accident in Syria

Russian Su-25SM3 assault planes were equipped with Vitebsk self-defence systems, which makes them invulnerable to MANPADS attacks. In particular, the system protects against missiles with thermal homing heads such as Stinger or Igla missiles, the Rossiyskaya Gazeta wrote. This complex is installed on all Ka-52 helicopters, as well as on Mi-8 choppers in Syria. On October 8, 2016, one of those helicopters remained intact after it was attacked from a man-portable air defence system. The new modification of the Su-25SM3 is to go into service very soon.On February 3, 2018, a Russian Su-25 was shot down in Syria. The pilot ejected, but was killed in a combat action with terrorists on the ground. The Su-25 was attacked from a portable air defence missile system (MANPADS).In addition to the Vitebsk system, the updated version of the Su-25SM3 is outfitted with electronic warfare systems, which will make it more difficult for radar-guided missiles to attack the aircraft. To crown it all, the assault aircraft will be able to strike all types of ground-based targets and conduct air battle. Pravda.Ru

Mon, 12 Feb 2018 12:48:00 +0300

Russia tests new fully automatic antimissile

On February 12, the Russian military conducted a successful test launch of a modernised ABM missile. According to Colonel Andrei Prikhodko, "we have successfully conducted another test launch of a new upgraded missile defence system, the tactical and technical characteristics of which concerning the range, accuracy and terms of operation, significantly exceed the already in use firearms." The missile is capable to reflect both single and group missile strikes, including the use of intercontinental ballistic missiles of a new generation equipped with various missile defence systems.The new anti-missile system was designed to protect Moscow from air and space attacks. Reports about the test of the new anti-missile appeared in November 2017. The new missile is fully automatic. Earlier, it was up to equipment to detect the target, whereas an operator was supposed to  give the command to launch it, but now the target detection, identification and launch of the anti-missile is carried out automatically.Pravda.Ru Read article on the Russian version of Pravda.Ru

Mon, 12 Feb 2018 12:27:00 +0300

Putin writes off Kyrgyzstan's debt of $240 million

Vladimir Putin wrote off Kyrgyzstan's debt worth $240 million. Since 2013, Russia has forgiven Kyrgyzstan debts totalling almost $500 million. President Vladimir Putin signed the law on the ratification of the agreement between the governments of Russia and Kyrgyzstan on the settlement of the loan debt of the latter. The parties agreed to write off the debt in June last year, during the visit of Kyrgyz President Almazbek Atambayev.It goes about the decision to write off Kyrgyzstan's debt to Russia totalling $240 million. Russia wrote off the first part of the debt - $188.9 million - in 2013. Kyrgyzstan still owed Russia another $300 million. Since Kyrgyzstan was not able to repay the debt, the countries agreed to write it off in instalments of $30 million a year. By May 2017, when it was proposed to write off the Kyrgyz debt in full, Russia wrote off only $60 million.In 2016, Putin wrote off Uzbekistan's debt worth $865 million. Before that, he had written the debts of Mongolia, Afghanistan and Libya for a total of more than $16 billion.Pravda.Ru

Mon, 05 Feb 2018 19:53:00 +0300

Putin's response to sanctions may stun USA

Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov stated that Moscow was not going to act to its own detriment in connection with the publication of the "Kremlin list.""We are not striving for a mirror response in this situation, and we are unlikely to act to our own detriment. We will answer when and if our president, our leadership, decide that the moment to respond has come," the official said. Ryabkov noted that Russia had repeatedly responded to the United States by taking specific measures and expanding the lists of anti-Russian political, public and other figures.Responding to the publication of the Kremlin Report, President Putin said: "Behind each of those people and organisations, there are citizens, work collectives, whole industries. In fact, all of us, all 146 million were put on some sort of a list. I do not understand the purpose of it, but this is certainly an unfriendly act." As for the response, Putin explained that Russia would not do anything."We will abstain, we will not respond to sanctions, but we'll see," the head of state summed up.Pravda.Ru Read article on the Russian version of Pravda.Ru

Mon, 05 Feb 2018 14:29:00 +0300

Russia advises Pentagon not to send reconnaissance aircraft to Black Sea anymore

 The Russian Defense Ministry suggested the Pentagon should either stop sending its reconnaissance aircraft to Russian borders or return to negotiations about the rules for the implementation of such flights. "Russia's Air and Space Forces will continue to ensure reliable protection of Russian airspace borders," representatives of the Russian Defense Ministry said in response to recent statements from the Pentagon about the allegedly unsafe maneuver that a Russian Su-27 fighter jet performed in the vicinity of an American reconnaissance aircraft over the Black Sea. "If for American pilots the realization of this fact causes depressions and phobias, we recommend the US side should either exclude the routes of such flights near Russian borders in the future or come back to negotiations to agree the rules for their implementation," a representative of the Russian Defense Ministry said.

Fri, 02 Feb 2018 13:45:00 +0300

Russia has developed its own helicopter carrier instead of French Mistrals

Helicopter carrier Priboi (Surf) is expected to become part of the new concept of the Russian Navy. The model of the new vessel was presented at the stand of the Russian fleet during the international forum in the Moscow region in 2015. Back then, military analysts said that the Priboy would be an alternative to French Mistrals that had never found themselves in the Russian waters.Russian shipbuilders took account of the experience of their French colleagues and offered their own concept of a ship for over-the-horizon landing purposes. The ship is to have a semi-trimmed body that ensures high resistance to disturbance at sea and provides for less resistance to movement while cruising.It is expected that the first of the two landing ships will pass into service at the Russian Navy in 2025, although no official statement has been made on the matter. The construction of the helicopter carrier, which is to become a universal landing ship, is scheduled to begin in 2020. Preparations have already started in St. Petersburg at Severnaya Verf shipyard. The mock-up of the Nevsky Design Bureau presented at the forum differed from the design of the French Mistral helicopter carrier. The stated specifications of the vessel do not match those of large amphibious ships of the Soviet period and most foreign analogues.The Russian Priboi vessel will have the displacement of 14,000 tons, a running speed of 19-20 knots and the draft of five meters. The navigation range will make up 6,000 nautical miles with the autonomy of 60 days. The length of the ship is expected to be 165 meters and width of 25 meters.The French Mistral helicopter carrier has different specifications: displacement of 22,000 tons, speed of 19 knots, and draft of 6.42 meters. The crew of the French landing ship is 177 men.A Mistral can carry 16 attack helicopters (Eurocopter Tiger), a tank battalion (40 French Leclerc) and 450 paratroopers. The ship can also be used as a hospital at the same time. In addition, Mistral helicopter carriers can also assume the role of floating headquarters. It is equipped with a French combat information management system, which unites several ships into a single whole. It remains unknown whether the new Russian vessel is going to have such a system. The Priboi will be able to carry eight deck-based Ka-52/Ka-52K helicopters, which is significantly less than with the French ship. Helicopters will receive a modified on-board radar station with a radius of up to 80 km.It is not ruled out that the Priboi will also carry Ka-27 helicopters, which is an antisubmarine chopper. However, the Ka-27 exists in two modifications - an anti-submarine and a search and rescue vehicle. It appears that the new ship will be able to carry out complex tasks rather than operate within a rigid framework of narrow specialisation.It is possible that the new Russian vessel will be able to carry Russia's first unmanned aircraft known as Chirok with a wingspan of 10 meters. The Priboi will be able to transport up to 900 troops, about ten tanks and fifty infantry vehicles. Two or four landing boats are also going to be on board. The ship is expected to be armed with three anti-aircraft missile systems Pantsir-M/Palitsa (SA-22 Greyhound).Many experts were puzzled by Russia's desire to create a ship like the Priboi. After all, a Mistral helicopter carrier can travel for 20,000 nautical miles. Yet, the ship is clearly intended for defence purposes to protect the extensive coastline along the Arctic Ocean, or in the Black Sea and along the chain of Kuril Islands. The ship is not designed to travel across oceans, and this is where the 6,000 mile range comes from. Alexander Artamonov Pravda.Ru Read article on the Russian version of Pravda.Ru

Thu, 01 Feb 2018 20:45:00 +0300

Putin apologises to Russian athletes

During the meeting with participants of the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, Russian President Putin apologised for the fact that Russia could not protect Russian athletes in the doping scandal.At the same time, the Russian president stressed that Russia would always support the idea of clean sport. Putin wished the athletes to concentrate on the Games and not to think about all the negative things that the athletes have to deal with when preparing for the competitions. "Please, forgive us for not protecting you from this," Putin said adding that Russia would continue supporting the athletes that go to South Korea for the Winter Games 2018. "We hope that our colleagues in international sports organisations will do everything to ensure that these organisations and sports associations do not turn into state institutions of individual countries, no matter how powerful and important those countries might seem to be at first sight. "I sincerely wish you victories and good luck," Putin told the athletes. Putin's press secretary Dmitry Peskov told reporters that the president, at a meeting on Wednesday, reminded members of the government of the decision to organise sports competitions for those Russian athletes who had been suspended from the Olympic Games in South Korea. No details about those arrangements have been clarified. Pravda.Ru Read article on the Russian version of Pravda.Ru

Wed, 31 Jan 2018 18:30:00 +0300

Putin worried about shortcomings of Russian weapons in Syria

President Vladimir Putin said that the Russian military used more than 200 modern and promising weapons during the campaign in Syria."According to the Ministry of Defence, 215 modern and promising types of weapons have been used, as well as most of the currently used military equipment," Putin said at a military conference on the results of the special operation in Syria.The President noted that Russian weapons have "confirmed their high characteristics." At the same time, the campaign in Syria has revealed shortcomings of certain weapons and equipment. "This is evidenced by the objective control data, and one can see it in the feedback from our servicemen, direct participants in the hostilities. I ask you to carefully study this information and make operational adjustments to the process of serial production," the president said. "Over 1,200 representatives from 57 enterprises of the Russian defence industry have visited the airport of Hmeymim and the port of Tartus during the operation, and 99% of all identified malfunctions of military equipment and weapons were promptly eliminated thanks to their work," Putin added.Additional research, test and development work should be organised, if necessary, "to bring the equipment to the required level," he also said. Pravda.Ru Read article on the Russian version of Pravda.Ru

Wed, 31 Jan 2018 16:24:00 +0300

Putin calls WADA informer Rodchenkov 'jerk'

Russian President Putin, who is also a presidential candidate for the 2018 elections in Russia, called the former head of the Moscow anti-doping laboratory, informer of the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA), Grigory Rodchenkov, a "jerk" who escaped abroad. Rodchenkov, Putin said, has problems with law and should therefore be imprisoned. On Tuesday, Jan.30, Putin held a meeting with his envoys at Gostiny Dvor."Now they have caught this jerk, Rodchenkov, and took him there [abroad]. Look, the man obviously has problems with law  - he says he was engaged in illegal activities, he should be put in jail. Instead, he was appointed the head of the Russian anti-doping laboratory," Putin said. "He [Rodchenkov] attempted to commit suicide, and he has said that himself. Well, God bless him, I wish him well, but this speaks of something, of problems. And everything [in the doping case] is based on this man's testimony, on the testimony of the man, who can hardly be trusted in life. We are told that he works under the control of US special services and that's good. Whom is it good for? This is not good for us," the president added. Pravda.Ru

Tue, 30 Jan 2018 19:06:00 +0300