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  1. SajeevJino

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    Russia to Clear Military Base Lease Debt with Kyrgyzstan

    The Kremlin confirmed on Saturday that Russia would fully pay off its $15-million debt to Kyrgyzstan for leasing military facilities there.

    Earlier in the day, Kyrgyz President Almazbek Atambayev, currently on a visit to Moscow, said in a radio interview that Russia was ready to pay off its debts for the lease of the Kant air base and several smaller military facilities “within ten days.”

    “From its side, Russia has confirmed its readiness to pay for the lease and operation of infrastructure facilities in Kyrgyzstan (about $15 million),” the Kremlin said in a statement.

    Both Russia and the United State have important military bases in the country. Kyrgyz media said Washington has paid its lease “without any delays.”

    Russia has not paid "the measly rent" for its Kant air base for four years, Atambayev told Ekho Moskvy radio. He also complained that Russia did not meet its obligations to train Kyrgyz pilots.

    Atambayev said Russian President Dmitry Medvedev had been kept in the dark about the debt and that he instructed the Defense Ministry to pay it off during talks between the two leaders on Friday.

    The Kremlin said in its statement Kyrgyzstan’s $493-million debt to Russia was “a more complicated issue.” However, it said, there is “understanding” on the Russian side of the “difficulties faced by our partners because of the complicated financial and economic situation in Kyrgyzstan.” Russia is “ready” to consider various options that would allow Bishkek to pay off its debts to Russia, the statement said.

    U.S. base to be shut down after 2014

    In his interview with Ekho Moskvy, Atambayev also said the U.S. air base at Manas will not stay in Kyrgyzstan after its lease expires in 2014. The base is a key strategic staging post for the U.S. military in Afghanistan.

    "Just look at the situation with the U.S. and Iran. Iran possesses missiles that can hit targets thousands of kilometers away," Atambayev said. "They may target Manas, but what if they miss?"

    On Wednesday, Russian Foreign Ministry spokesman Alexander Lukashevich did not rule out that the United States may use the facility to launch a military strike against Iran. The U.S. Ambassador in Moscow, Michael McFaul, later dismissed the idea.

    Russia to Clear Military Base Lease Debt with Kyrgyzstan | Defense | RIA Novosti
     
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    Russia to Address Illegal Production of Russian Arms

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    The Russian government is planning to take serious measures to fight counterfeit production of Russian weaponry in foreign countries, especially the Kalashnikov assault rifles.



    “Unfortunately, many countries, including those that consider themselves civilized, do not respect the patents of Russian manufacturers,” Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin said at a Cabinet meeting on Monday.



    “We must make the recognition of our property rights a priority in military-technical cooperation,” Rogozin said.



    According to experts, exports of illegally produced Russian arms cost the country up to $6 billion a year and also damage Russia's image.



    The most notorious example is the illegal production of the famed Kalashnikov assault rifles in at least 15 countries, especially in Eastern Europe.


    According to Kalashnikov producer Izhmash, Russia accounts for only 10-12% of the million Kalashnikov rifles sold globally every year, with the rest being unlicensed copies.

    Russia to Address Illegal Production of Russian Arms | Defense | RIA Novosti
     
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    No Need For Russian Air Base Says New Kyrgyz President

    Kyrgyz President Almazbek Atambayev has called for a Russian air base in the country to be closed, saying neither Russia or Kyrgyzstan need it.

    The Kant air base does nothing except "flatter the vanity of Russian generals," Atambayev said in an interview to Kommersant newspaper, adding Russia has not paid for the lease for four years.

    “The current situation where a Russian military base is not fulfilling its obligations and even does not pay for the lease does not suit us ... There are many conditions, but the main thing is that the lease should be paid, one way or another," he said.

    "And the base should fulfill certain obligations; for example train pilots for Kyrgyzstan. All these years we have been paying for the electricity and water, heat and phone bills and have nothing in return. I am convinced that Russia's government did not know about the true situation. And I was there when the Russian President gave the order to Russian Defense Minister to pay out all debts,â€￾ Atambayev added.

    Russia had only been required to pay "a measly rent" for the Kant air base for four years, Atambayev said.

    “In comparison with the U.S. base, it is just pennies. Less than $15 million for more than four years. Last year we paid $15 million on one percent of our debt to Russia! And the thing is not only in the lease payments. There have been a number of obligations. For example our pilots should have been trained there. No one was trained! So the question is: do we need such a base,â€￾ the Kyrgyz President said.

    Atambayev announced plans in November 2011 to close the nearby American military air base at Manas in 2014.

    The U.S. began operations at the Manas base near the Kyrgyz capital Bishkek in 2001 in the aftermath of the 9/11 attacks to support military operations against the Taliban in Afghanistan. It remains a key supply facility for the ongoing military campaign there.

    He said the decision was not an attempt to get more money from the USA for the lease, though this was not initially understood by Washington.

    “The Americans could not believe me when I was saying that there should not be military base in a civil airport Manas," he said. "It was difficult to persuade them that Atambayev was not trying to get money from the U.S. for him and his family. There should not be a military base in any civil airport. And there will not be! During recent talks with Obama’s representatives, State Department and U.S. Defense Ministry realized that is a decision of principle ,â€￾ Atambayev said.

    He denied speculation that the Kyrgyz authorities wanted to get the Russian forces out of Kant in order to transfer the U.S. military base there.

    “It is more logical if Kyrgyzstan is connected with Russia not through some kind of base, but a single economic space, with a common external border. That would be logical. And there is not a whip which applies to Kyrgyzstan. We should avoid it,â€￾ he said.
     
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    Russia Should Pursue ‘Iron Fist in Kid Glove’ Foreign Policy – Rogozin

    Russia must be able to demonstrate the strength of its ‘iron fist’ clad in a kid glove of diplomacy in the current complex military and political situation, Russian Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin said on Sunday.

    “Our policy must be the policy of an iron fist in a kid glove. It must turn enemies into partners, partners into neutrals and neutrals into allies and immediately into friends,†Rogozin said at the founding congress of the Voluntary Movement in Support of the Army, Navy and the Defense and Industrial Complex.

    Rogozin was recently appointed as a deputy prime minister to oversee Russia’s defense industry.

    “No one must have any doubts that under this layer of the glove, under the glove, there must be an iron fist, tough and ready to strike any aggressor and a group of aggressors if they dare to attack Russia,†Rogozin said.

    Russia’s state armaments program for the next decade aims to produce 400 ICBMs, eight strategic nuclear submarines, 50 surface warships, 600 combat aircraft and a thousand helicopters, he said.


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    Putin slams 'cynical' West on Syria, Iran

    Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin on Monday hit out at the West's "cynical" stance on Syria and warned against strikes on Iran in an article ahead of his likely return to the Kremlin in weekend polls.

    The aggressive tone of Putin's messages echoed the diplomatic battles he waged as president in 2000-2008 and may only feed concerns about Russia's policies on his return for a six-year term in Sunday's election.

    Putin strongly defended Moscow's decision to jointly veto with China two UN Security Council draft resolutions condemning the Syrian regime for its crackdown on the opposition.

    He accused the West of "lacking the patience to work out an adjusted and balanced" resolution that also required the resistance forces to halt their fire and pull back from flashpoint cities such as Homs.

    "All that remained was to demand that the armed opposition do the same as the government -- namely, withdraw their fighting units and detachments from the cities," Putin wrote in the Moskovskiye Novosti daily.

    "A refusal to do so was cynical," Putin said in his seventh and final article released ahead of the vote.

    Putin had led Russia's opposition to NATO's air campaign against Moscow's Soviet-era ally Libya and on Monday suggested that the West's support for the Arab Spring revolts may have been rooted in commercial interests.

    "It seems that in countries that went through the Arab Spring -- just as had been the case in Iraq -- Russia ended up losing its position on local markets that it had worked on developing for decades," said Putin.

    "One can get the idea that these tragic events were to a certain extent stimulated not by concern for human rights but by someone's market interests."

    Putin also issued a stark warning against strikes on Iran -- another nation with close military and commercial ties with Russia -- over its controversial nuclear programme.

    "Russia is unquestionably worried about the mounting threat of a military strike against this country," said Putin.

    "If this happens, then the consequences will be truly catastrophic. Their real extent will be impossible to imagine."

    Putin's previous articles have been received by Russian commentators as the outlines of his future policies as Kremlin chief rather than campaign rhetoric.

    The former KGB spy provided a detailed breakdown of his view of every region ranging from Asia to Europe and the United States.

    He has already picked several battles with the US State Department since announcing his intention to return to the Kremlin and on Monday once again questioned Washington's plans to deploy a missile defence shield in Europe.

    "The Americans are obsessed with the idea of guaranteeing themselves absolute invulnerability -- something that I would note is utopian and unfeasible both in technological and geopolitical terms," Putin wrote.

    "But that, essentially, is the heart of the problem."

    Russia fears the European shield may one day make its nuclear arsenal ineffective and has has launched a new 10-year rearmament programme costing nearly $800 billion.

    Putin notably devoted a special section to China and its emergence on the world stage.

    Moscow and Beijing experienced periodic tensions in the Soviet era but have more recently to coordinate their positions at the United Nations on the world's most outstanding disputes.

    Both have come under fierce Western and Arab condemnation for their veto of the Syria resolutions and Putin underscored China's growing importance to Russia.

    "China's voice in the world really is growing stronger and we welcome this because Beijing shares our vision of a just world order," said Putin.

    "We will continue providing each other with support on the international arena," Putin said.

    Putin slams 'cynical' West on Syria, Iran
     
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    Russia Sees No Progress at Missile Defense Talks


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    Russia has seen no progress in missile defense talks with NATO, Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov said on Wednesday.

    “We have no grounds to speak of progress, no grounds to say that we may agree on a [joint] document by May [when Chicago hosts a NATO summit],” Ryabkov told journalists.

    He also said the Russian leadership has not yet decided whether it will attend the summit.

    “This decision is to be made by the next president. I think it is premature to raise this issue now,” the deputy foreign minister said, adding that the decision may also depend on whether the sides are able to find a compromise on missile defense.

    NATO members agreed to create a missile shield over Europe to protect it against ballistic missiles launched by so-called rogue states, for example Iran and North Korea, at a summit in Lisbon, Portugal, in 2010.

    Russia has strongly criticized NATO’s reluctance to provide written, legally binding guarantees that its European missile shield will not be directed against Moscow.

    President Dmitry Medvedev ordered in November a series of measures designed to strengthen the country’s missile defense capabilities in response to NATO’s shield, including the deployment of Iskander missiles in Russia's exclave of Kaliningrad on the border with Poland.

    Russia Sees No Progress at Missile Defense Talks | Defense | RIA Novosti
     
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    And there wont be any progress either after all, US is intent or surrounding Iran and Russia
     
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    India closest in defence ties with Russia: Putin
    February 28, 2012
    Russia has closer defence ties with India than with any other country, said Prime Minister Vladimir Putin

    A Russian nuclear-powered attack submarine, the K-152 Nerpa, which has been leased to the Indian Navy, will arrive in that country on March 30-31, Russian Embassy in India reports, reffering The Hindu.

    “As far as joint [defence] projects are concerned, we have advanced farther with India than with any other country, including China,” Mr. Putin said, citing the Brahmos supersonic cruise missile, the Akula class nuclear submarine leased to India, the multi-role transport aircraft and the 5th-generation fighter plane.

    “The nuclear submarine should have set sail to India the other day. We are very actively working with them [Indians] on the transport plane. They have joined us full swing in the work for the Perspective Aviation Complex for Frontline Aviation (PAK-FA), T-50,” Mr. Putin said at a meeting with Russian security and defence experts on Friday at the Sarov nuclear centre.

    Mr. Putin dwelt at length on progress in building the 5th-generation plane.

    “It is now clear that we will have the fifth-generation aircraft. Two, or even three, planes are already up in the air, and more planes will join them this year. Technological problems have all been solved; it is quite obvious that we'll make the aircraft and make it quite fast. We needed a partner to bring down the final cost of the plane; they [Indians] will buy it in large numbers. The T-50 is shaping to be superior to the American 5th-generation plane.”

    Mr. Putin was responding to a suggestion from a defence analyst to “engage actively” with India, China, Iran and other countries, and to pursue issue-specific alliances to uphold Russia's security interests.

    “We're engaging India full thrust, we're, in fact, doing it all as you say,” replied Mr. Putin, who is almost certain to reclaim Russian presidency in the March 4 elections.

    Source:-India closest in defence ties with Russia: Putin | Russia & India Report
     
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    Russia Signs Contract for Navy MiG-29K Fighter
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    The Russian Defense Ministry has signed a contract with aircraft maker MiG for the delivery of 20 MiG-29K and four MiG-29KUB carrier-based fighter aircraft, MiG said on Wednesday.

    "Defense Minister Anatoly Serdyukov and MiG General Director Sergei Korotkov have signed the contract for the delivery of MiG-29K and MiG-29KUB carrier-based fighters," MiG said in a statement.

    MiG wil deliver the aircraft from 2013-2015. The aircraft will operate from Russia's single serving carrier, the Admiral Kuznetsov, with the Northern Fleet based in Murmansk. The value of the deal has not been disclosed.

    "The signature of this contract for delivery of these fighters is a real step in fulfilling our program for rearming the forces. The Naval Air Forces will get a modern combat aircraft as good as any in the world," Serdyukov was quoted as saying by his press service.

    The contract will guarantee MiG a steady level of work in the medium term, Korotkov said.

    The MiG-29K is a navalized variant of the MiG-29 land-based fighter, and has folding wings, an arrester tail-hook, strengthened airframe and multirole capability. It can be armed with a wide variety of air-to-air and air-to-surface weaponry. So far, the aircraft has only been exported to India for use on a refitted Russian-built carrier which is to be delivered at the end of this year.

    The Admiral Kuznetsov currently operates Sukhoi Su-33 naval fighter aircraft.

    Source:-Russia Signs Contract for Navy MiG-29K Fighter | Defense | RIA Novosti
     
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    Putin Blames U.S. for Failed Missile Defense Talks[\B]

    Washington’s talks with Moscow on European missile defense failed because U.S. negotiators were unwilling to put their oral proposals to Moscow on paper, Russian prime minister and presidential candidate Vladimir Putin has said.

    “They made some proposals to us which we virtually agreed to and asked them to get them down on paper,†Putin said during an interview with editors-in-chief of six foreign newspapers in his Novo-Ogaryovo residence outside Moscow.

    “They made a proposal to us just during the talks, they told us: we would offer you this, this and that. We did not expect this, but I said: we agree. Please put it down on paper,†Putin said.

    “We were waiting for their answer for two months. We did not get it, and then our American partners withdrew their own proposals, saying: no, it’s impossible,†he added.

    He explained that those “proposals†included guarantees that the U.S.-NATO European missile shield would not be directed against Russia. For example, Russian specialists would be allowed to carry out round-the-clock monitoring of the anti-missile components, and their radars systems would be cemented so that they were directed exactly at Iran and “were technically unable to turn towards Russia.â€

    “This would not change the situation dramatically, but we said: ok, it's already something, we agree. Put it down on paper. But they refused,†Putin said.

    NATO members agreed to create a missile shield over Europe to protect it against ballistic missiles launched by so-called rogue states such as Iran and North Korea at a summit in Lisbon, Portugal, in 2010.

    Russia has demanded that NATO provide written, legally binding guarantees that its missile shield will not be directed against Moscow, but the alliance has been reluctant to meet the demand.

    President Dmitry Medvedev ordered in November a series of measures designed to strengthen the country’s missile defense capabilities in response to NATO’s shield, including the deployment of Iskander missiles in Russia's exclave of Kaliningrad on the border with Poland.

    The editors-in-chief of France’s Le Monde, Britain’s The Times, Italy’s La Repubblica, Germany’s Handelsblatt, Canada’s The Globe and Mail and Japan’s Asahi Shimbun newspaper participated in the interview with Putin.

    Putin Blames U.S. for Failed Missile Defense Talks | World | RIA Novosti
     
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    Russia Receiving SU-32/34 Long-Range Strike Fighters.

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    Sukhoi’s SU-27 Flanker fighter has become one of Russia’s great export successes. It’s also a design success. Its basic airframe applied lessons from all of America’s “teen series fighters,” producing a 4+ generation aircraft that remains the yardstick by which other fighters are measured. What’s even more impressive is that the base design has been so flexible, allowing further refinements and modifications that include SU-30 and SU-35 upgrades, versions that add canard foreplanes (SU-30MKA/I/M), and even carrier-launched capability (SU-33).

    Then there’s the SU-32/34 “Fullback.” It was envisaged as a Flanker family successor to the F-111 analogue SU-24 “Fencer,” which was very highly regarded in Chechnya as a battlefield support aircraft. Its closest western comparison is the F-15E Strike Eagle, but the Russian design has evolved since its initial drafts in 1986….(full article)Russia Receiving SU-32/34 Long-Range Strike Fighters
     
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    Su-32/34.....

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    Upgraded Il-76 Plane to Make Maiden Flight in Summer
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    Russia’s modernized Ilyushin Il-76MD-90A aircraft, also known as the Il-476, will conduct its maiden flight by the end of June, Ulyanovsk-based Aviastar aircraft maker said on Friday.

    The Il-476 is an extensively modified variant of the Il-76 freighter, with new engines, reinforced wing, modernized cockpit, and heavier payload. The aircraft will be primarily built for the Russian Armed Forces and Emergencies Ministry.

    “Project 476 is our future,” Aviastar General Director Sergei Dementyev said.

    Aviastar, which also manufactures super-heavy Antonov An-124 transport planes, expects to build up to ten of the Il-476 aircraft per year and is in talks with export customers including India and China as well as commercial customers.

    China canceled a contract agreed earlier with Russia for delivery of around 38 Il-76 transport and Il-78 tanker aircraft, after TAPO, the Uzbekistan-based Il-76 airframe producer said it could no longer deliver the airframes as production had slowed.

    Russia then had to move production to Aerostar in order to complete the Il-476 modification programs for the Russian Air Force.

    The Russian Defense Ministry wants to buy up to 100 of the aircraft over ten years to replace existing Il-76s.

    Upgraded Il-76 Plane to Make Maiden Flight in Summer | Defense | RIA Novosti
     
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    Russian Warship Visits Seychelles

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    An Udaloy class destroyer from the Russian Pacific Fleet has arrived at the port of Victoria in Seychelles on a goodwill visit, the fleet’s spokesman said.

    The Admiral Tributs, which is currently carrying out an anti-piracy mission in the Gulf of Aden, will stay in Seychelles until March 5.

    “The visit will culminate with a drill on rescuing a commercial vessel seized by pirates,” Capt. 1st Rank Roman Martov said. “The exercise will involve a unit of Russian naval infantry.”

    The Russian Pacific Fleet’s task force, which comprises the Admiral Tributs, the Pechenega tanker and a rescue tugboat, arrived in the Gulf of Aden on January 12 and escorted several convoys of commercial ships since then.

    Task forces from the Russian Navy, usually led by Udaloy class destroyers, operate in the area on a rotating basis.

    Russian warships have successfully escorted more than 130 commercial vessels from various countries through pirate-infested waters off the Somali coast since 2008, when Russia joined the international anti-piracy mission in the region.

    Russian Warship Visits Seychelles | World | RIA Novosti
     
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    Moscow Wants Missile Defense Talks at NATO Summit

    The Russian president is unlikely to attend a NATO summit in Chicago if the missile defense issue is not on its agenda, Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov said on Tuesday.

    “Russia has an invitation to the NATO summit; everything depends on the agenda,” he said.

    However, if the issue of the NATO missile defense system remains unchanged, then the chances of the Russian president attending the summit “will be even smaller,” he added.

    “We have a considerable amount of work in progress but in the absence of [a discussion] on missile defense there would probably not be enough to take part in the summit,” Ryabkov said.

    NATO members agreed to create a missile shield over Europe to protect it against ballistic missiles launched by so-called rogue states, such as Iran and North Korea, at a summit in Lisbon, Portugal, in 2010.

    Russia has demanded that NATO provide written, legally binding guarantees that its missile shield will not be directed against Moscow but the alliance has been reluctant to meet the demand.

    Moscow Wants Missile Defense Talks at NATO Summit | World | RIA Novosti
     

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