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  1. brahmos_ii

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    Russia and Japan agreed on Monday to rev up negotiations on a peace treaty, but that does not mean that all problems will be solved overnight, Russian President Vladimir Putin said.

    Japan considers the decision to resume the stalled peace talks between the two countries – which never signed a permanent peace treaty following the end of World War II – a major achievement, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said at a news conference after a meeting with Putin in Moscow.

    Putin said it would, however, take some time and sustained efforts before all problems could be resolved.

    “The negotiations have essentially been frozen in recent years and today we have agreed to resume contact in that area,†Putin said.

    “This does not mean that we will settle everything tomorrow, if the problem has not been resolved for the past 67-68 years. But at least we will continue to work on this complex issue that is so important for both countries.â€

    Russia and Japan also agreed to set up a new “2+2†negotiating format, involving consultations between the two countries’ foreign and defense ministers, which should enhance the level of bilateral trust “in the defense and security field,†Abe said.

    Putin said the development of bilateral economic ties with Japan will be the best possible way of addressing a number of issues, including the signing of a peace treaty.

    Abe invited Putin to visit Tokyo in 2014.

    Russian-Japanese relations have been overshadowed by a long-running territorial dispute over the Kuril islands in the north Pacific.

    The row over the islands – which Russia calls the Southern Kurils and Japan calls the Northern Territories – has prevented Tokyo and Moscow from signing a permanent peace treaty since the end of World War II.

    The disputed islands of Iturup, Kunashir, Shikotan and Habomai are still claimed by Japan. They were occupied by Soviet forces at the end of World War II.

    In January, former Japanese Prime Minister Yoshiro Mori suggested Japan should seek the return of just three of the islands, leaving Iturup to Russia, to settle the dispute. But Japan’s Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga said all four islands belong to Japan and the government is not planning to reverse its position.

    Russia has maintained it will not give up the islands' sovereignty. In 2010, then-President Dmitry Medvedev sparked a diplomatic row with Tokyo by making the first ever visit by a Russian leader to the islands, and later said Russia would increase its military presence there.

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    Japan & Russia need to patch up those simmering island issues as quickly as possible.
     
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    HELSINKI — Sweden’s Defense Ministry is set to discuss the implementation of new advance warning and rapid reaction structures after the disclosure that Russian aircraft conducted a nighttime “simulated†attack on key Swedish military and civilian installations last month.

    The incident, which took place on March 30 close to Sweden’s southeastern archipelago, has generated sharp criticism from opposition leaders who questioned the military command system’s ability or willingness to deliver a rapid reaction response to the “threat†presented by Russian aircraft engaged in exercises close to the Swedish island of Gotska Sandön in the Baltic Sea.

    Although the Swedish Armed Force’s (SAF’s) early warning radar system identified the “threat†as two Tu-22M3 (NATO ID Backfires) heavy bombers flanked by four Su-27 fighters, there was no command response to scramble Swedish Air Force Gripen interceptors.

    “The interception needed wasn’t performed by Swedish fighters, but by Danish F-16s operating out of a NATO air base in Lithuania who were scrambled to shadow the Russian aircraft. It is completely incomprehensible that a country like us that spends [US] $6.5 billion on defense annually cannot even manage to have two aircraft on 24/7 standby alert,†said Peter Rådberg , a Green Party member of Parliament who sits on the Parliamentary Committee on Defense (PCoD).

    The SAF said the Russian aircraft were tracked and monitored while they remained in international airspace off Gotska Sandön, about 55 miles from Sweden’s southeast coast.

    The Russian aircraft departed after conducting a range of maneuvers.

    The PCoD is to convene an extraordinary session to discuss the incident and the lack of a tactical response in coming weeks.

    The committee will also investigate whether the lack of a reaction by the SAF was due to funding issues or the absence of any effective Emergency Readiness System by the military, said the PCoD’s chairman, Peter Hultqvist.

    “The committee will need to talk to the chief of defense and ask him to explain how this incident transpired and how the response system, which we would assume exists, actually works. At least we have never been informed that Sweden does not have a 24/7 fighter readiness system,†Hultqvist said.

    The SAF has defended its inaction, claiming that its Air-Surveillance Command’s radar stations had tracked and monitored the location of the Russian bombers and fighters while they were engaged in exercises in the Baltic Sea.

    “In this case, we made a judgment that we would not have any capability on standby,†SAF spokesman Lt. Gen. Anders Silwer said during a news conference April 22. “We do not react to everything. We had no advance warning that Russian aircraft planned to hold maneuvers in the Baltic Sea.â€

    Hultqvist countered: “It is a decidedly serious matter if we discover that Swedish preparedness does not work. We must have a 24/7 rapid reaction capability. For Russian aircraft to run a mock bombing exercise apparently simulating attacks against Swedish targets reminds me of the Cold War era. This confirms our image that Russia means business when it comes to raising its military capacity.â€

    The incident has once again raised serious questions over whether the Swedish military is capable of protecting the country’s territorial sovereignty, Rådberg said.

    Sweden will not seek a formal explanation for the unusual night-time maneuvers. However, the incident, said Defense Minister Karin Enström, reaffirmed Sweden’s view that Russia is engaged in capacity-building muscle-flexing in the High North and Baltic Sea regions.

    “We have observed that Russia has stepped up its training exercises and that they are behaving in a different way than before. We intend to maintain a close watch on the situation,†Enström said in a statement.


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  4. Virajith

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    More and more private companies are now making suggestions to tourists to become cosmonauts and visit the Earth’s orbit. Specialists say though that full-scale space flights are out of the question here. The Russian Federal Space Agency Roscosmos remains the monopolist in this field.
    A Japanese journalist, Toyohiro Akiyama, gave a start to space tourism. In the early 90s of the last century he went to the Soviet orbital station “Mirâ€￾. True, a telecompany paid for the flight of its emploeer.

    However, U.S. businessman Dennis Tito became a pioneer of real space tourism. He was sent to the International Space Station (ISS) in April of 2001. Another 6 people have since used the Roscosmos flight services. U.S. billionaire Charles Simonyi has made 2 commercial space flights.
    Although almost all space tourists have so far been U.S. citizens, the USA sends nobody to outer space on a commercial basis. Academician Alexander Zheleznyakov from the Russian Academy of Cosmonautics named after K.Tsiolkovsky has the following comments:
    "If we start talking about the modern stage, we should say that Americans are currently not involved in the organization of piloted flights. Hence, they are unable to send a space tourist together with professionals. We are in this business, and we carry Americans, among others, to the space station, and if an opportunity arises and should there be a vacant seat, we can take a tourist there too."

    As compared to the beginning of the practice of space flights, the prices have visibly gone up. If Dennis Tito paid 20 million dollars for his space flight, a Canadian citizen, Guy Laliberte, paid 35 million dollars for his space flight in 2009.

    Meanwhile, more and more private firms put space flights on their offer list. And their prices are much lower than the Roscosmos prices. The cost of one ticket in a private firm reaches hundreds of thousands dollars. However, any real space flight is out of the question here too, Alexander Zheleznyakov says.

    "The point is that many companies that appeared on that market recently include suborbital flights in their services while Roscosmos is the only agency that can offer an orbital flight. These two are different things. A suborbital flight is actually a jump into space. Those who will be on board a spacecraft will experience zero gravity for 5 to 8 minutes, not more."

    Experts are sure that to talk about turning space tourism into a full-value industry is somewhat premature at the moment. And what matters here is readiness to run risks, not money as such, Head of the Institute of Space Policy Ivan Moiseyev said.

    Space has become closer and more affordable over the past decade. And not only for rich people. Last year Russian Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Centre, for the first time, held an opencompetition for the selection of candidates for a cosmonaut team.

    All volunteers had a chance to test themselves. Approximately 300 applications were submitted. Finally, 8 candidates were chosen. It is planned that the next competition will be held next year.



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  5. Virajith

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    Russias’ Defence Minister has issued an order to recreate earlier disbanded Taman and Kantemyrovskaya tank divisions, the defence ministry’s press service reported on Saturday.
    The bases for their formation are, respectively, the 5th Separate Motorized and the 4th Tank Brigade, which will include a number of other military units. The divisions receive back their historical names, and they will take part in the upcoming Victory Day Parade on Red Square, where they will carry their new military banners.
    Currently, the personnel of these compounds are receiving new weapons and military equipment, the ministry said.
    The Taman Division was formed in July 1940. During the Great Patriotic War, it took part in the famous Battle of Smolensk in 1941. Then, it participated in the Orel-Bryansk defence operation, in battles of Kursk and Tim, in the battle for the Caucasus, in the Novorossiisk-Taman, Kerch-Eltigensky, Crimea, Belarus, Baltic and East-Prussian operations. The division finished its fighting way on April 17, 1945 on the Samland Peninsula.
    In 1999, the division took part in the anti-terrorist operation in Chechnya as a part of the Joint Group of Federal Forces in the North Caucasus.
    In the course of the military reform in May 2009, the division was reorganised into the 5th Motorized Rifle Brigade of the Moscow Military District.
    The Kantemyrovskaya division was formed in June of 1942 in Stalingrad. Its first fight was during the liberation of the village Kantemirovka, after which the division gets its name; it participated in the battle near the Middle Don, in the Belgorod-Kharkov sector of the Kursk Bulge, during liberation of a number of cities of the right-bank Ukraine. Its forces were among the first of those who reached the Elbe River, they participated in the capture of Dresden, made a rapid raid in Czechoslovakia and ended up their fighting mission in the outskirts of Prague.
    The soldiers participated in the peacekeeping operations in South Ossetia, in Kosovo, and in the counter-terrorist operation in Chechnya.
    In the course of the military reform of 2008-2009, it was reformed into the 4th Independent Tank Brigade.
    The Defence Ministry said that, as part of the orders from the Russian president, contained in his annual address to the Federal Assembly, the defence authority revives the names and the other most famous regiments, military units of the previous eras.


    Russia recreates Taman and Kantemyrovskaya tank divisions | Russia & India Report
     
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    Moscow is concerned about reports suggesting that chemical weapons are being used in Syria and views them as indications that the international community is preparing for a possible intervention in this country from the outside, the Russian Foreign Ministry said in a statement.

    "The situation in Syria and around it has become dramatically tense in the past several days. A number of Arabic and other international media outlets have posted especially many speculations on the use of chemical weapons in the confrontation between the government forces and opposition fighters. Signs of preparing the international public opinion for the possibility of forcible intervention in the protracted internal conflict in Syria cause our serious concerns," the statement cites Foreign Ministry spokesman Alexander Lukashevich as saying.

    Lukashevich mentioned a statement by Carla del Ponte, a member of an independent commission investigating human rights abuses in Syria, saying that chemical weapons, particularly sarin, could have been used by opposition fighters rather than the government forces.


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    The remains of 38 Soviet soldiers have been discovered in the Tula Region, central Russia, the site of bloody battles during the Second World War, the regional government said on Tuesday.

    The search operation in the Tula Region’s Belyovsky district, organized by Vakhta Pamyati (Memory Watch) patriotic project, involved over 130 people from Russia and the post-Soviet states.

    “Today the remains of 18 Soviet soldiers have been recovered, and the remains of another 20 soldiers have been discovered,â€￾ the government said citing the project head Denis Sadovnikov.

    The remains will be interred in the Kurgan Slavy (Hill of Glory) memorial in the Belyovsky district. The ceremony will coincide with the celebration marking the anniversary of victory in the Great Patriotic War 1941-1945, which was part of the Second World War.

    The city of Belyov was occupied by Nazi forces in October, 1941. More than 1,000 houses, 78 villages, two factories, schools, libraries and a theater were destroyed and 4,500 people were sent to work in Nazi Germany. The city was liberated by the Western Front in December, 1941.



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    The United States Missile Defense Agency is considering the possibility of declassifying data on their missile systems in order to allay the fears of the Russian Federation. This was stated by the director of the Missile Defense Agency Vice Admiral James Syring.

    Speaking at a hearing on Wednesday, he said that he had discussed this possibility with the leadership US Department of Defense.

    Syring said that among the data that may be disclosed is the speed of US interceptor missiles.

    Such a move could allay some of the fears that Russia has that the U.S. missile defense system is aimed at deterring Russia's nuclear potential.

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  9. Himanshu Pandey

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    WHAT? WHY?

    please somebody help me understand will this not help others to overcome the missile defence.. or USA will provide the false data
     
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    Both are possible. But I think US does want to improve relations with Russia nowadays, abandoning of the final phase of missile defence shield in Europe should also be read with this.
     
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    may it be safe if I say a war is coming and old allies are getting near
     
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    Russia has caught an American spy from the U.S. embassy in Moscow, accusing Washington of engaging in Cold War-era activities.


    Russia’s counter-espionage agency said in a statement Ryan Fogle, third secretary in the U.S. Embassy’s political section, was detained overnight as he tried to recruit a Russian special services official.


    The U.S. diplomat was carrying “special technical equipment,â€￾ a large sum and several wigs as disguises and a letter which offered the would-be Russian recruit up to $1 million a year for cooperation.

    The Russian Foreign Ministry said the incident could damage bilateral relations.

    Provocative activities

    "At a time when the Presidents of our countries have reaffirmed readiness to expand bilateral interaction, including between the special services in the fight against international terrorism, such provocative activities in the spirit of the Cold War do not help promote mutual trust," said the Ministry.


    Russia has declared the U.S. diplomat persona non-grata and ordered his expulsion.


    The spy games between the two biggest nuclear powers have continued unabated after the Cold War. In 2010, ten Russian sleeper agents, including sex-symbol Anna Chapman, were arrested in the U.S. and then extradited to Russia, in exchange for some Russians convicted on spy charges.

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    Moscow appears to have revived a frozen contract to supply sophisticated air defence systems to Syria amid growing threats of foreign interference in the two-year-old conflict.

    The Wall Street Journal broke the story on an “imminent†supply of S-300 long-range ground-to-air missiles to Syria, hours after U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry left Moscow.

    The report’s timing ensured there were no fumbles in Mr. Kerry’s talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin which ended with a “breakthrough†agreement on an international conference in the coming weeks to seek a political settlement in the civil war in Syria.

    According to the WSJ, U.S. officials are analysing information received from Israel that Syria has been making payments to Russia on a 2010 contract to buy four batteries of advanced S-300 systems and that first shipments could take place “over the next three months.â€

    Evasive comments from Russian officials confirmed, rather than denied the report. Speaking after a trilateral meeting with his German and Polish counterparts in Warsaw on Friday, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Russia had no plans to sign new defence contracts with Syria and was only honouring earlier deals for the supply of air defence systems.

    “They are defensive weapons designed to enable Syria to defend itself against air attacks that are not a fantasy scenario as we all know,†he said.

    An unnamed Russian official who was present at the closed doors trilateral meeting told the Kommersant daily that Mr. Lavrov had informed his Western colleagues that “part of the [S-300] equipment has already been shipped to Syria and the other part is indeed being readied for shipment.â€

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    The Kremlin said the S-300 supplies were discussed during a meeting between Mr. Putin and British Prime Minister David Cameron, who visited Russia close on the heels of Mr. Kerry.

    “Everything is clear here: there is no embargo on supplies, and we are implementing contracts signed earlier, that is, we are carrying through obligations we have taken upon ourselves,†a Kremlin source told the Interfax news agency. The S-300 contract was reportedly suspended ahead of an international conference in Geneva at the end of June, 2012, which approved a road map for peace in Syria through the establishment of a transitional administration comprising members of the Opposition and the government. The plan stumbled over Western demands that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad step down before peace talks can begin, even though the Geneva accord did not set any such conditions.

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    Moscow has now shaken the dust off the S-300 deal to put additional pressure on Washington to stay true to the Geneva agreements and back away from plans to supply weapons to Syrian rebels. Russia has also served a warning to Israel to refrain from escalating the conflict by mounting air raids on Syria.

    The warning has been taken seriously in the West. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced plans to visit Russia shortly to try and stop the S-300 deal.

    The S-300 missiles would make Israel think twice before venturing into Syrian airspace as they can take out warplanes and missiles flying at altitudes of 25 to 25,000 metres.

    “The S-300s would make it harder for the U.S. and other countries to even consider intervening militarily or enforcing a no-fly zone in Syria,†the Associated Press said.

    The system will give a long-range capability to the otherwise robust Syrian air defences.

    In recent years, Russia has supplied Syria with several shorter-range anti-aircraft systems, such as the Pantsyr-S1 mobile shorter range missiles and Buk-M2 medium range systems. Russia has also upgrade Syria’s old longer range SA-3 missiles to Pechora-2M.

    “According to an analysis by the U.S. military’s Joint Staff, Syrian air defences are nearly five times more sophisticated than what existed in Libya before NATO launched its air campaign there in 2011. Syrian air defences are about 10 times more sophisticated than the system the U.S. and its allies faced in Serbia,†the WSJ said.

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    - Is there really a deal to sell Russian S-300 systems to Syria? How do we know?
    Technically, it’s all hearsay. The only solid piece of evidence was a 2011 annual report by S-300’s manufacturer, the Nizhny Novgorod Machine Building Plant, which mentioned a contract for the missile systems for Syria. The report has since vanished from the plant’s website, but was cited by the respected Vedomosti business daily at the time as saying that the contract was worth $105 million and that an unspecified number of S-300 systems were slated for delivery between 2012 and early 2013.

    All other reports have been based on leaks by unnamed intelligence and diplomatic sources, including, most recently, in the prominent Russian daily Kommersant and the Wall Street Journal, which said last week that the deal includes four S-300 batteries and 144 missiles and has a price tag of $900 million, with deliveries to begin, possibly, by late summer. (One S-300 missile system is estimated by experts to cost some $115 million, plus $1 million or so per missile.)

    Damascus has never commented on the deal, and neither has the Russian arms export monopoly Rosoboronexport. The Russian Foreign Ministry has repeatedly said Russia is following through on existing contracts to supply defensive weapons, including air defense systems, to Syria, but never says what precisely they are. The lack of clarity leaves room for wild guesses: Maybe the S-300 deal was never in the cards. Or maybe a number of complexes have already been shipped over the past two years, as some media reports alleged in December.

    - Who decides whether the deal goes through? Can the international community or any third parties affect the sale?
    The deal is strictly between Moscow and Damascus – which is to say, it’s all in the hands of Russian President Vladimir Putin. International treaties on arms trade are few and far between, and tend to cover things like strategic weapons and cluster bombs, not air defense systems, however advanced they may be. Meanwhile, all attempts to ban arms sales to Syria via the UN Security Council have been blocked by Russia. Of course, there is behind-the-scenes haggling and arm-twisting, but that’s unofficial.

    - Why are the S-300s dangerous? They’ve been on the production line since 1978 – aren’t they outdated by now?
    The S-300 systems have been modernized repeatedly to remain state-of-the-art airplane- and rocket-destruction machines. The S-300PMU2 Favorit can launch six missiles at once, each capable of destroying aircraft flying at several times the maximum speed of the F-16 and F-22 fighter jets – the staples of the Israeli and US air forces, respectively – as well as intercepting ballistic targets. They can be suppressed or sabotaged by ground troops, but it is a tricky task. All this is to say, that the risk and cost of air attacks against Syria would rise dramatically (more on that directly below).

    - Who are the targets?
    Not the Syrian rebels – they have no aircraft. And though you can technically reprogram the S-300 to hit ground targets, that would be akin to hammering nails with a tablet computer, given the price of $700,000 to $1.2 million per missile. However, any attempts by foreign powers to enforce a no-fly zone over Syria, as was done in Libya in 2011, would end in what Igor Korotchenko, the editor of the Moscow-based National Defense magazine, described as “dozens of destroyed aircraft and coffins covered by star-spangled banners. Unacceptable.”

    - What’s the possible time frame? How long until Assad can shoot foreign fighter jets out of the sky?
    The S-300 system deploys in five minutes – once it’s paid for, produced, tested, shipped, and manned by trained personnel. Some of this poses little problem: The Syrian government seems to have enough money in its pockets, and shipping from St. Petersburg to the Syrian port of Tartus takes about two weeks. That is, of course, provided the cargo does not get arrested in Finland, or the ship denied entry to European ports because its insurance was revoked – both true stories that happened to Russian ships reportedly carrying arms to Syria.

    Still, it would likely take a while before Damascus actually gets any missiles. The Wall Street Journal claims – citing US sources citing Israeli sources – that the shipments may begin arriving by August, while the London-based, Arab-language Al-Quds Al-Arabi newspaper said they are already in Syria, though still under Russian supervision. However, according to Russian arms experts, the manufacturer is unlikely to have ready-to-ship S-300 systems lying on the shelves: Whatever leftovers there were from a deal with Iran, scrapped in 2010, were long ago snatched up by other customers such as Algeria, according to Ruslan Pukhov of the Center for Analysis of Strategy and Technologies, a for-profit research group in Moscow. This means the systems would need to be produced and test launches conducted, a job that would take about a year, Pukhov said. Furthermore, dozens or even hundreds of staff would have to be trained to operate the complicated machinery, which should take about six months. This would push Assad’s most optimistic deadline of owning fully operable S-300 complexes to November at best, with spring of 2014 being a more realistic estimate.

    Updated with S-300's estimated cost and changing "missile complex" to "missile system" throughout.

    5 Questions on Russian S-300 Missile System Sales to Syria | Features & Opinion | RIA Novosti
     
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    Two wigs, a typed spy recruitment letter, a compass and an atlas of Moscow in the days of GPS and smartphones. These are some of the items Russian officials say they found when a US diplomat was caught allegedly attempting to recruit a Russian agent to spy for America's CIA.

    It sounds like a 1960s' US television sitcom, some Americans said as social media and online journals lit up with news about the arrest in Moscow of US diplomat Ryan Fogle, who was allegedly caught red-handed.

    Many of the comments on social media focused on the wigs that Fogle allegedly had in his possession, including the highlighted blonde headpiece he was wearing under a baseball cap when he was arrested by agents from the Federal Security Service (FSB), the KGB's successor agency.

    "Can we please send our men and women into the field with better wigs?" pleaded Alicia Asher, who goes by the @Grammaticator handle on Twitter.

    "He was wearing a wig and carrying lots of money," tweeted @moorehn, real name Heidi N. Moore.

    "Spy recruitment methods have not advanced much since 'Get Smart'," Moore added, referring to the 1960s US television show featuring the bungling secret agent Maxwell Smart and his female sidekick, Agent 99, who work for US counterintelligence agency CONTROL and travel the world thwarting attacks by a foreign operatives who work for KAOS.

    And @CIAspygirl, a Twitter user who claims to have "spent years in the CIA as a disguise officer and as an operations officer, AKA spy", wrote: "CIA spy caught in Russia. Embarrassing 2 get caught. More embarrassing 2 get caught with cheesy wigs and spy gear."

    Other bemused Americans commented on the centre-aligned recruitment letter that was allegedly found on Fogle.

    The letter starts with "Dear friend" and ends with the anonymous signature, "Your friends", and in the middle offers whomever Fogle was trying to recruit as a US agent $1 million to work for the CIA.

    "This is how the CIA recruits spies? With a form letter that reads like something you'd find in your in-box courtesy of a Nigerian prince?" wrote New York Magazine reporter Dan Amira.

    "How did he find the one Russian not willing to take up to $1M?" wondered New York Magazine reader BombTom, whose real identity was difficult to find.

    The Russian foreign ministry tweeted that it has "summoned US Ambassador Michael McFaul for a demarche".

    "That sounds delicious," tweeted @SusanPage, jokingly inferring that she thought a demarche was akin to a meringue or other dessert with a French name.

    Hours after the FSB arrested Fogle, the Russians declared him persona non grata and asked that he be deported.

    There might not be a need for deportation, said David Clinch, editorial director of social media news agency Storyful, who tweets under the handle [MENTION=221]DaviD[/MENTION]ClinchNews.

    "Only a matter of time 'til he escapes using his weaponized watch," Clinch tweeted.

    Indian Defence News - Americans poke fun on social media over alleged spy arrest
     

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