NATO says it’s freezing practical cooperation with Russia, both military and civilian. It’s in response to what the bloc calls Moscow’s annexation of Crimea.(read more at this link)
New NATO military bases could be about to appear on Russia’s borders with eastern Europe. Foreign Ministers from the Alliance are discussing whether to bolster their presence following the crisis in Ukraine. It will put pressure on Moscow – which has kept its own military movements within Russia’s borders.
JP Morgan Chase (one of the many American Jews banksters companies) decided to block a Russian embassy transfer to Sogaz insurance company.
Moscow has criticized the US for imposing sanctions on Russia over Crimea’s reintegration with the country. The Russian foreign ministry spokesman says the sanctions are absolutely unacceptable, illegal and ridiculous. Alexander Lukashevich made the comments after the US bank, J-P Morgan Chase decided to block a Russian embassy transfer to Sogaz insurance company. Lukashevich warned Washington that such hostile measures are a violation of international law. He also made it clear that such actions could lead to retaliatory measures, warning that it would surely affect the work of the U-S Embassy and Consulates General in Russia.
One of the most idiotic moves ever made by the fake-Nobel Peace Prize and AIPAC’s puppet Obama
NATO freezes civilian & military cooperation with Russia, while 72 Ukrainian military units, including 25 supply vessels and 6 naval ships, raised Russian flags.
The Ukrainian naval ship Svavutich has raised the Russian flag, the Sevastopol news portal ForPost has reported.
All Ukrainian military have left the ship, the report says.
According to earlier reports, 72 Ukrainian military units and establishments deployed on the Crimean peninsula, including 25 supply vessels and six naval ships, raised Russian flags as of March 21.
The commanders and heads of 72 military units, establishments and ships of the Ukrainian Defense Ministry decided to voluntarily join the Russian Armed Forces for further service there after the publication of the Russian presidential decree on the recognition of the military ranks and education documents of Russian citizens who are servicemen in military directorates and military units of the Republic of Crimea and documents on military service.
Military sanctions against Russia: Who stands to lose more?
Why an EU ban on arms and military hardware supplies to Russia in response to the events in Crimea will not become an effective means of applying pressure on the Kremlin.
Military cooperation with Russia has been suspended by the UK and Germany in the wake of the recent events in Crimea.
However, EU sanctions on military-technical cooperation represent one of the weakest links in the “fight” against Russia. Suffice it to say that exports of European armaments make up not more than 1 percent of the total amount of export-import contracts for Rosoboronexport, the Russian state intermediary in arms deals.
After the U.S., Russia is the second largest supplier of arms and military hardware in the world. Russian defense industry enterprises have a full production cycle, from the base material to the end product. So, in fact, EU sanctions on military-technical cooperation will have no serious effect on Russia’s defense capability.
Losses – on both sides
Having said that, the 1 percent of contracts nevertheless do exist. In the case of the UK, those were for the supply of material for military uniforms. As a result of the sanctions, London loses some $133 million.
Berlin supplied sniper weapons and was involved in the construction of a combat training digital centre in Mulino (in the Nizhny Novgorod Region). The amount at stake in that case is $100 million.
However, Russia’s biggest military partner is France, which for the time being has adopted a wait-and-see stance. One contract alone, for the supply of two Mistral-class helicopter carriers, should bring in over 1.2 billion euros ($1.66 million) for French companies DCNS and STX – half of which Moscow has already paid.
In addition, France anticipated building two more of these ships in Russia. Paris is also involved in three large Russian contracts for the supply of armored vehicles and Su-30MKI and MiG-29K fighters to India. These contracts are worth millions of euros.
Who is doing whom a favor?
Yet the most interesting thing is that the Russian military-industrial complex is all for military sanctions against Russia, especially from France. It is not only that the Russian military have no need for French Mistral helicopter carriers (neither the defense minister, nor the chief of the General Staff have yet been able to explain what these ships were being bought for).
If sanctions are introduced, France will have to pay a cancellation penalty big enough to allow Russia to build at least five similar ships on its territory.
According to a senior representative of the Russian military-industrial complex, the Mistral carriers were forced on Russia by the then-defense minister, Anatoly Serdyukov. According to rumor, the deal was a “gift” to Nicolas Sarkozy ahead of the French presidential election, in return for his support of Moscow in the 2008 conflict in South Ossetia.
The French president had to preserve jobs and voters. Furthermore, at the time manufacturer DCNS was in a crisis, so the contract with Moscow was a lifeline.
Interestingly, Washington has not said a word about military sanctions. The U.S. would stand to lose far more from sanctions than its NATO partners. We need only recall that the Russian plant VSMPO-AVISMA in the Urals town of Verkhnaya Salda supplies over 40 percent of titanium components for the U.S. Boeing 787 Dreamliner.
In addition, NATO has a transit base in Ulyanovsk that handles nearly 60 percent of cargoes bound for the alliance’s troops in Afghanistan.
Thus, it would appear that putting too much pressure on Moscow is not at all in Western partners’ interests.
The Russian Navy is, and will be, a permanent presence in the Mediterranean
Russian President Vladimir Putin has set the task of creating conditions for permanent presence of the Russian fleet in the Mediterranean.
“It’s a strategic region. We have our interests associated with national security there. For this reason, we are talking about the creation of conditions for permanent presence of Russian ships in the Mediterranean in our days,” Putin said time ago.
The Russian Defense Ministry’s press service and information department reported that the permanent operative junction of the Russian Navy in the Mediterranean will comprise some tens ships of various classes from Russia’s Northern, Black Sea, and Baltic Sea Fleets.
Defense Minister Shoigu: Network of new-generation radars to appear along Russian border
Enhancing the potential of the aerospace defense system is a priority of the Russian Defense Ministry for the period up to 2020, Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said.
“An additional network of new-generation specialized radar stations is being deployed along the perimeter of the state’s national territory in order to further upgrade one of its crucial components – the Early Warning Missile Attack System,” Shoigu said.
“They use highly compatible technologies and are able to effectively tackle different tasks, including in light of future aerospace threats,” he said.
“Some of such radar systems have already been deployed and are successfully operating today. The construction of another one in the country’s east is proceeding according to our plan,” the ministry said.
Another priority facing the Defense Ministry is to “further develop the healthcare system” in the Armed Forces, he said.
“We ought to provide servicemen, their families and retired servicemen with an opportunity to have access to the whole range of medical services,” Shoigu said.
S-500 air defense system to be soon
“A new tank, an infantry combat vehicle and an armored personnel carrier will be ready in 2015; the Prospective Airborne Complex of Frontline Aviation, the S-500 air defense system and a corvette will become available in 2016, and a new-generation destroyer will be created in 2018”, Russian General Staff Chief Valery Gerasimov said at a meeting of the Russian Defense Ministry Board in Moscow on June 2013.
The work on these armaments is steady and uninterrupted. The annual deliveries for reaching the goal will be of 70 to 100 jets, over 120 helicopters, eight to nine warships and submarines and up to 600 armor pieces.
According with General Gerasimov, troops will receive over 2,500 pieces of modernized armaments and hardware before 2020, and their main parameters will not be inferior to those of contemporary products. More than 400 military units will be equipped with contemporary and prospective armaments, military and special-purpose hardware before 2020..
The strategic nuclear forces, the Aerospace Defense Forces, signal, reconnaissance, radio-electric warfare and command units and high-precision weapons are the re-arming priorities, the general said.
Lavrov: We will not build abroad bases similar to the American ones
“We are holding negotiations with some countries that our ships and naval vessels could use their infrastructure for calling at their ports, servicing, minor maintenance, replenishing food and water stocks, and the crews’ rest. There is absolutely no talk about building bases similar to the American ones,” Lavrov said in an interview shown in an analytical program hosted by Sergei Brilyov on Rossiya-1 TV channel.
Source: Russia Beyond The Headlines