Topic: Turbulence in Ukraine
MOSCOW, March 9 (RIA Novosti) – The Russian deputy prime minister in charge of defense said “overt threats” by the United States and NATO demonstrate the necessity of equipping the Russian army with modern weapons.
“A hope that after the overt threats by the US and NATO nobody will doubt the necessity of rearming our army and fleet and of reviving our defense industry and military science,” Dmitry Rogozin wrote on his Facebook page on Saturday.
Another round of political standoff between Russia and the West was sparked by the recent uprising in Ukraine and the fate of Crimea, an autonomous Ukrainian region with a majority ethnic Russian population.
Crimean authorities have refused to recognize as legitimate the new central government in Kiev, which ousted President Viktor Yanukovych late last month, and on Thursday they announced a decision to become part of Russia.
Ukraine earlier appealed for assistance from NATO, asking the alliance to use all possible measures to ensure the country’s territorial integrity and protect its people following the approval by Russia’s parliament of the deployment of military forces in Ukraine.
Following these developments, the West showered Moscow with accusations of aggression and threats of sanctions while cutting off military exchanges with Russia and scrambling to bolster military cooperation within NATO.
The Pentagon announced plans on Wednesday to expand combat pilot training in Poland and to send six additional F-15C fighter jets to a NATO mission carrying out air patrols over Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania.
The US Defense Department’s newspaper, “Stars & Stripes,” reported Thursday that the Arleigh Burke-class destroyer USS Truxtun was en route to the Black Sea for previously scheduled exercises with Romania and Bulgaria.
Russia has held a number of military exercises in its western regions in the past days, including air defense drills, combat readiness snap checks and a launch of an intercontinental ballistic missile.
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- yangelrogozin's bla bla again16:41, 09/03/2014ok, so it took nato literally at your doorstep to say this? how about acting about it? rogozin has been "in charge" of the defense [and in russia's case, it is an actual DEFENSE industry] industry for some time now, and all he does is give interviews and press releases, with no results on the ground. How about cracking down on the corruption in this sector, and put people with actual managing skills to run the defense companies? start with pogosyan, who might have an impressive resume as an engineer, but he has not proven any good management skills again? and with all the money in russia, no plans for a new aircraft carrier? what the hell, this is still mid 50s soviet military doctrine "we dont need carriers, we have some much land, we cand place missile silos anywhere"
- Robert@Just defending Itself00:10, 10/03/2014I agree with you, the only thing Russia has does is to defend itself from westerns attack, and unfortunately is losing, after all they got control of parts of Ukraine. Putin has hesitated too much, Hillary Clinton has indirectly threat Putin with nuke, with that 'joke' about 'rest the button". If Putin doesn't take harsh measures, this will be the beginning of the end of Russia. We all know what is there agenda with NATO surrounding Russians borders.
- gramsjdgre: Yangel09:02, 10/03/2014I agree, except on the point of carriers. Despite what the US Navy thinks, the days of carriers are over. The Air Force can do all its jobs better and cheaper. The future of naval warfare is submarines, and Russia needs to build on their lead in this area, particularly with building deeper-diving ssn's, an area where the US is 30 years behind Russia.
- tigervethuh?18:41, 09/03/2014I will probably get a bunch of flak for this..but with the idea that I have work experience in Ukraine and a lot of interaction and travel in Russia to know a lot of history and really GREAT respect for Russia and its people....the question is: 1. I get why Russia is concerned about Ukatine [which was and is a giant mess]...and I get why Crimea wants to go with Russia real well.....why not just 'fess up to Russian troops doing their thing there in Crimea...why not just say it....an do any of us really want all the cold war rhoetoric and problems all over again...for me, I am living and working in SE Asia so it really DOES'NY matter to me! Best wishes, Don
- Robert@Cold War04:40, 10/03/2014To be honest, I think the world was in better shape during the cold war. Now that USA and EU don't fear anything and anyone, they just got around pillaging the whole world. Something needs to be done, because their level of brutality have only escalated. Would be great if China had taken Putin's side, great for both nations.
- GarryBFess upto what?12:15, 10/03/2014The so called Russian troops in the crimea are just local Russians acting as a militia. they are not blind... they saw what the west did in the Ukraine and they don't want the same people coming to the Crimea and shooting people and claiming it was government troops shooting when the government troops are unarmed.
Why shouldn't the people of the Crimea wearing whatever uniform they like defend themselves and their piece of territory.
It is funny that for all the arab springs that to spread democracy "volunteers" from other countries were encouraged by the west to spread democracy. These people in Russian uniforms but without insignia are keeping the peace till they can have a referendum... sounds rather better than what the Al Quada volunteers were doing and are doing in Syria...
- WestKazakNothing to Fear, Obama is there17:54, 10/03/2014Please President Putin, save your people now. Obama cannot do anything and the American people are tired of US wars.
- Mikhail1228Watch this!16:29, 11/03/2014https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y6gMGBYSZFM&list=FLhxqwnacwtI22NcNRWZ4KPg&index=19