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Wednesday, 10 January 2018

UAVs Attacked Hmeymim Base From “Moderate Opposition”-Controlled Area

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On Wednesday, Krasnaya Zvezda, , the official Minoborony Rossii newspaper, reported that the UAVs that attacked Hmeymim air base earlier this month came from an area in the southwestern part of the Idlib de-escalation zone controlled by the so-called “moderate opposition”. The Minoborony stated that terrorists used 13 UAVs in an attempted attack on two Russian military facilities in Syria on 6 January. Ten of them targeted the Hmeymim air base and three targeted the Tartus naval base. An official statement noted:

We established that the launch of the UAVs was carried out from the area of ​​ Muazar, located in the southwestern part of the Idlib de-escalation zone controlled by “moderate opposition” armed formations.

In connection with this incident, the Minoborony sent letters to General Hulusi Akar, the Turkish Armed Forces Chief of the General Staff, and Hakan Fidan, the Head of Turkey’s National Intelligence Organisation. The statement added:

The documents indicated the need for Ankara to fulfil its obligations to ensure compliance with the ceasefire by the armed formations under its control and to step up work on the installation of observation posts in the Idlib de-escalation zone in order to prevent such attacks by UAVs against any objects.

On Monday, the Minoborony stated that our forces had taken control over six out of the 13 drones involved in the 6 January attempted attack in Syria. Thus, Russian forces landed three UAVs in a controlled area, three other drones exploded after crashing, and Pantsir-S air defence systems destroyed seven other UAVs . Subsequently, the Pentagon said that the devices and technologies used for the drone attack are “easily accessible on the open market”. This statement caused concern in the Minoborony.

10 January 2018

Sputnik International

https://sputniknews.com/military/201801101060634030-drones-attacked-hmeymim-moderate-opposition/

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On Tuesday, a Minoborony Rossii source told us that they detected a US Navy P8 Poseidon reconnaissance aircraft cruising between Tartus and Hmeymim during a UAV attack on Russian military facilities in Syria carried out by terrorists. They said:

It’s a strange coincidence that during a UAV attack on Russian military facilities in Syria, a US Poseidon reconnaissance aircraft cruised for more than four hours over the Mediterranean Sea at an altitude of 7,000 metres (23,000 feet).

Besides, the Minoborony voiced concern over statements made by a Pentagon spokesman, in which the American claimed that the technology used to attack the Russian military facilities was easily available on the open market. Our source stated:

The questions are:

  • what kind of technologies they meant
  • where that “open market” is
  • which special service sells space surveillance data

Our statement concerning the handover of technologies needed to carry out a UAV attack on Russian military facilities in Syria mentioned neither any particular country nor provided details of those technologies. The programming of systems to control UAVs to drop GPS-guided munitions requires completing engineering studies in a developed country. Besides, not everyone is capable of calculating exact coordinates using space surveillance data. We’d like to stress once again that terrorists didn’t have anything of that kind until recently.

Earlier, the Minoborony Rossii reported that on 6 January, UAVs controlled by terrorists attacked Russian military facilities in Hmeymim and Tartus. The Russian forces either destroyed or took control of the UAVs used in the attack.

9 January 2018

TASS

http://tass.com/defense/984293

Editor:

The USA is flailing around blindly… it’s trying to punish Russia and Iran for spoiling its little party in Syria. Firstly, they tried to foment riots in Iran. That fizzled. Then, they tried to use their proxies in Syria to attack the Russian bases. That failed, too. In short, the USA, far from regaining face, lost even more face as both Iran and Russia counted coup on them by defeating their amateurish blows. Remember how the Russians tore apart the “cruise missiles” that the USA launched against Syria? Well… if they were able to do that, it isn’t surprising that they were able to repel this ludicrous attempt. Quite frankly, the Anglos’ terrorist pals couldn’t use the best technology… and the USA didn’t want to risk having its best technology fall into the hands of the Russians (again… the Yanks never learn… the stuff that they sent to the Georgians and the Ukrainian junta all ended up in Russian hands after their goofball proxies abandoned it on the battlefield).

BMD

Sunday, 7 May 2017

Peace Through Strength: How Russian Weapons Help Shift the Global Balance of Power

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Aleksandr III Aleksandrovich is “The Peacemaker”… as he kept the peace during his reign, by keeping the Russian Army and Navy strong.  V V Putin is doing the same thing… to deter the toddler Anglo aggressors and their peevish and arrogant “power projection”.

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In 2012, before the Ukraine crisis and before Russia began its counterterrorism mission in Syria, French-language news website AgoraVox lamented:

After the collapse of the USSR, the world could’ve entered into an era of peace and cooperation.  However, one country felt that victory belongs only to it and that it wasn’t necessary to listen to the others.

This was a very accurate diagnosis.  The USA’s “endless operations in the Middle East, the cowboy dismantlement of Yugoslavia, the expansion of NATO, the global offensive by international terrorism, all this dispelled any illusions about a coming “world without wars”.  Therefore, under pressure from abroad, Russia had to begin restoring its defence capabilities.  It began with a few rearmament programs, but it only made notable progress after the operation to force Georgia to make peace [with South Ossetia and Abkhazia] in 2008.  In South Ossetia, Russian troops first encountered NATO weapons, equipment, and communications equipment in battle.  Our technological weakness became apparent.  Procrastination was leading to gradual loss of state sovereignty.

In 2010, the government launched a 20 trillion Rouble (2.38 trillion Renminbi.  22.16 trillion INR.  344.48 billion USD.  470.29 billion CAD.  464.44 billion AUD. 313.23 billion Euros.  265.32 billion UK Pounds) rearmament programme envisioning a comprehensive modernisation to update 70 percent of Russia’s total military assets by 2020.  Russia is now successfully carrying out this programme.  Earlier this year, in a very detailed ‘primer’ on Russian military power for the new Trump administration, National Interest contributor Michael Kofman wrote:

Following reforms launched in October 2008, and a modernisation programme in 2011 valued at 670 billion USD (38.9 trillion Roubles.  4.63 trillion Renminbi.  43.1 trillion INR.  914.72 billion CAD.  903.33 billion AUD.  609.23 billion Euros.  516.06 billion UK Pounds), the armed forces have become one of Russia’s most reliable instruments of national power.

Indeed, the figures speak for themselves.  For example, in 2016 the army received over 5,500 pieces of military equipment and weapons systems, including scores of aircraft (such as Su-35 4++ generation fighters, Tu-160 and Tu-95 bombers, Mi-28, Ka-52, Mi-35, and Mi-26 helicopters), hundreds of new and modernised tanks, new anti-aircraft missile systems, and nearly two dozen RS-24 Yars ICBM systems.  The latter’s missiles are capable of penetrating any existing or future enemy missile defences.  So far, in 2017, the Aerospace Defence Forces received over a dozen Su-34 fighter-bombers and are set to receive over two-dozen more Su-30 multirole fighters.  In 2016, for the first time in nearly a quarter-century, Russia created a new tank army, and today two fully equipped combined arms armies defend the country’s western flank.  The Navy also saw significant upgrades.  Following its return to Russia in 2014, the Crimea soon turned into an impregnable fortress.  The Black Sea Fleet alone received several new surface ships [including two Admiral Grigorovich-class frigates] as well as Project 636 attack subs, armed with long-range Kalibr missiles.  Furthermore, Russia’s Navy returned to the world’s oceans, with its mere passage through international waters near the US or European coasts causing hysteria among Western officials and media.  Russian strategic aviation’s return to the skies is causing a similar stir.

Russia is developing its army and naval infrastructure in the Arctic and the Far East too, with the military recently deploying S-400s, and Bal and Bastion coastal defence systems in Kamchatka and the Kuril Islands, as the Navy builds up its fleet of icebreakers.  Working to modernise its nuclear forces, Russia continues development of its RS-28 Sarmat super-heavy thermonuclear-armed ICBM… expected to come online as soon as next year, along with the 3M22 Zircon hypersonic missile (mass production expected to start later this year).  Since 2015, the armed forces have demonstrated the effectiveness of modernisation efforts in combat, with the Russian operation in Syria striking a blow to global terrorism and helping to defend Syrian sovereignty against a number of very powerful regional and global actors who sought to dismantle the Syrian state.  Meanwhile, the combat experience Russian forces received is allowing the military to improve its force structure, weapons, and the tactics of their use.  The USA is indignant.  Look at a recent article in the Russian-language service of Voice of America with the headline “Why Does Russia Need a Million-Strong Army?”  Pointing to what it calls a growing “Russian threat”, the Pentagon rewrote its own strategies.  Last month, in commenting on the images of US cruise missiles launched by from ships in the Mediterranean to strike a Syrian airbase, MSNBC anchor Brian Williams excitedly recalled the words of singer Leonard Cohen and his line:

I’m guided by the beauty of our weapons.

Russia also has the right to see their weapons as “beautiful”, not due to their sleekness or destructive power, but because at the moment, they’re the main force in the world stopping the imposition of a unipolar world order based on financial manipulations and the threat of US carrier strike groups and Tomahawk cruise missiles.  Twenty-five years after the collapse of the USSR, our country is stronger than any potential aggressor is.  The “iron stream” of Russian weapons serves to strengthen peace in the world.

6 May 2017

Aleksandr Khrolenko

Sputnik International

https://sputniknews.com/military/201705061053341800-russian-armed-forces-25th-anniversary/

Saturday, 25 February 2017

Pentagon Chieftain Advised to Learn Russian History

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Deputy Chairman of the Gosduma Committee on Defence Yu N Shvytkin advised Pentagon head James Mattis to learn Russian history before making statements about the need to speak with Moscow from “a position of strength”. He told RT:

We’ll never allow anyone to talk to our country from “a position of strength”. I’d advise [Mattis] to remember the lessons of history, and specifically become acquainted with Russian history.

Earlier, the Pentagon chieftain told a meeting of NATO Defence Ministers that the USA is committed to restoring relations with Russia, but are only ready to talk from a position of strength. Later, Defence Minister S K Shoigu said that Moscow is still waiting for an explanation from the Pentagon about such statements.

16 February 2017

TV Zvezda

http://tvzvezda.ru/news/vstrane_i_mire/content/201702161117-9eg0.htm

Editor:

Yuri Nikolayevich is a former serving officer in both the DVD and MVD. In short, he’s qualified to upbraid the loudmouth Mattis. It seems that the former Marine is just another “perfumed prince”…

BMD

Minoborony Rossii Told Pentagon Shill to “Temper His Zeal”

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Minoborony Rossii spokesman Major-General I Ye Konashenkov told US Defence Department shill Peter Cook to “temper his zeal”. Konashenkov’s commentary appeared on an official video posted on YouTube. At a Minoborony media briefing on a Russian-American agreement on a forthcoming ceasefire in Syria, he said:

A few days ago, for some reason, Mr Cook said that a ceasefire in Syria would be a test for the Russian authorities. I advise Mr Cook to temper his zeal and focus on activities related to the organisation that he represents, that is, the Pentagon. Unlike his predecessors, he doesn’t have knowledge of military affairs, so I’m sure that’s difficult for him. Therefore, he seeks to compensate for his deficiencies but only comes out with shrill howlers. He should be reasonable… yes, and professional.

According to published statements released on Monday, on 27 February, a joint US-Russian agreement stipulates a ceasefire between government forces and armed opposition groups in Syria. However, attacks on ISIS, al-Nusra, and other parties recognised as terrorist entities by the UN will continue.

25 February 2017

RIA Novosti

https://ria.ru/world/20160225/1380054199.html

Editor:

General Konashenkov used the word ляпами, which is rather colloquial, so I tried to capture the flavour of that in my Englishing of his commentary. Cook is a clueless journalist with NO MILITARY EXPERIENCE WHATSOEVER. He’s an Obama holdover. Igor Yevgenyevich skewered him, well and truly. It shows you the difference between the American and Russian approaches… the Russians appoint people with real relevant knowledge… the Americans appoint blowsy blowhards with no relevant experience (but who look good on camera).

Kudos to Igor Yevgenyevich… it shows you what sort of people that the Yanks put into responsible positions. They’re talking from “a position of strength?” I think not…

BMD

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