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February 2010 - Russia Special Weapons News
- Russian Courts Ordered To Respect Strasbourg Rulings RFE/RL 28 Feb 2010 -- Russia's Constitutional Court has issued a resolution declaring that rulings by the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg must serve as a basis for appeals on rulings passed by Russian courts, RFE/RL's Russian Service reports.
- What's New In Russia's New Military Doctrine? RFE/RL 27 Feb 2010 -- Earlier this month, Russian President Dmitri Medvedev signed the new "Military Doctrine Of The Russian Federation Until 2020" to replace the doctrine signed by Vladimir Putin in 2000. It's supposed to be a guiding document for the development of the armed forces.
- Russia ready to accredit NATO diplomats for permanent work in Moscow RIA Novosti 26 Feb 2010 -- Russia is ready to provide permanent accreditation for NATO diplomats in Moscow in a sign of warming ties with the alliance, the country's envoy to NATO said on Friday.
- U.S. warns Russia against assertion in Baltic region RIA Novosti 26 Feb 2010 -- Though seeking to find new ways of working with Russia, the United States will not accept Moscow's policies in the Baltic region, Undersecretary of Defense for Policy Michele Flournoy said at a news conference in Tallinn on Friday.
- Russia set to buy unique French amphibious-assault ship RIA Novosti 26 Feb 2010 -- It appears that Russian-French talks on buying a Mistral-class amphibious-assault ship and building three other similar ships at Russian shipyards have now entered their final stage.
- Moscow continues talks with Paris on warship deal RIA Novosti 26 Feb 2010 -- Moscow and Paris have yet to clinch a deal on the purchase of a French warship and it will not be signed during the Russian president's visit to France on March 1-3, a source in the Russian Defense Ministry said Friday.
- Medvedev aide predicts spring signing of U.S.-Russia arms pact RIA Novosti 26 Feb 2010 -- A new strategic arms reduction treaty between the United States and Russia to replace the expired START 1 treaty may be signed in March or April, a Russian presidential aide said on Friday.
- Russia to use Mistral-class carrier as command ship - source RIA Novosti 26 Feb 2010 -- If Moscow buys a Mistral-class helicopter carrier from France, it will be used principally as an amphibious command ship, a Russian Defense Ministry source said on Friday.
- Topol M missiles to be shown at Victory Day parade on Moscow's Red Square RIA Novosti 26 Feb 2010 -- Russia's new Topol M missile system will for the first time be shown at the Victory Day parade on May 9 on Moscow's Red Square, a spokesman for the Strategic Missile Forces said.
- Russia Starts Work On Baltic Nuclear Plant RFE/RL 25 Feb 2010 -- Russian officials today laid the foundation stone of a new nuclear power station in Russia's westernmost region, Kaliningrad, which is sandwiched between Poland and Lithuania.
- Iskander plans in NW Russia not linked to U.S. deployment in Europe RIA Novosti 25 Feb 2010 -- Russia's newly appointed chief of Ground Forces denied on Thursday the country's plans to equip units in the northwestern military district with Iskander missiles later this year have anything to do with U.S. missile deployment in Europe.
- Russia's new Ground Forces chief urges drastic cuts in tanks RIA Novosti 25 Feb 2010 -- Russia's newly appointed chief of Ground Forces said on Thursday Russia would do well with half the number of tanks it has today.
- Moscow pushes for link between new arms deal with U.S. and missile defense RIA Novosti 25 Feb 2010 -- Moscow expects a new nuclear arms reduction treaty between Russia and the United States to be linked to Washington's plans to deploy missile shield elements in Europe, Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Thursday.
- Medvedev says no return to Cold War tensions over NATO expansion RIA Novosti 25 Feb 2010 -- Russian President Dmitry Medvedev dismissed speculation that Moscow's new military doctrine would see a return of Cold War tensions in an interview published on Thursday.
- The Road To Resetting Moscow Ties Passes Through Berlin RFE/RL 24 Feb 2010 -- Many European commentators have characterized U.S. President Barack Obama’s refusal to attend a May U.S.-European summit as a snub. It provides convincing evidence that the Americans have lost interest in Europe, and they are preoccupied with the awakening giant in Asia -- China.
- Medvedev, Obama to rev up arms control talks RIA Novosti 24 Feb 2010 -- The Russian and U.S. presidents will direct their respective delegations to speed up talks on a new arms control agreement, the Kremlin said Wednesday.
- Russian interests 'unaffected' by new arms deal with U.S. RIA Novosti 24 Feb 2010 -- A new Russian-U.S. arms control treaty will not impair Russia's defense capability, a top Russian military official said Wednesday.
- Tests of Russia's troubled Bulava missile planned for new sub RIA Novosti 24 Feb 2010 -- Russia will this year use the Yury Dolgoruky nuclear powered submarine for the first time to carry out test launches of the troubled Bulava missile, a Defense Ministry official said on Wednesday.
- Russian, U.S. lawmakers split by missile shield in new START pact RIA Novosti 24 Feb 2010 -- Russia's parliament is unlikely to ratify a new strategic arms reduction deal that does not include a link to missile defenses, a senior Russian lawmaker said on Wednesday after U.S. colleagues warned such a link would not get past the Senate.
- Russia to test launch troubled Bulava missile from new sub RIA Novosti 24 Feb 2010 -- Russia will this year use the Yury Dolgoruky nuclear powered submarine for the first time to carry out test launches of the troubled Bulava missile, a Defense Ministry official said on Wednesday.
- Russia to spend $1.7 billion on nuclear power plant projects - Putin RIA Novosti 24 Feb 2010 -- The Russian government will allocate 53 billion rubles ($1.76 billion) for the construction of new nuclear power plants, Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin said on Wednesday.
- Russian Pacific Fleet task force departs on anti-piracy mission RIA Novosti 24 Feb 2010 -- A Russian Pacific Fleet task force, departed on an anti-piracy mission in the Gulf of Aden from the Far Eastern port of Vladivostok on Tuesday.
- Missile defense restraints unlikely in Russian-U.S. arms treaty - Kosachyov RIA Novosti 24 Feb 2010 -- A new Russian-U.S. arms reduction treaty is unlikely to contain any missile defense restrictions, a senior Russian lawmaker told journalists on Wednesday.
- Russia, U.S. might agree on new arms deal in few weeks - lawmaker RIA Novosti 24 Feb 2010 -- Russia and the United States may agree on a new arms reduction treaty after a phone conversation between the two presidents to take place soon, a senior Russian lawmaker said on Wednesday.
- Russian official: Moscow committed to its S-300 deal with Iran IRNA 24 Feb 2010 -- Chairman of Russian Federation Council Sergei Mironov speaking to a Russian news agency said that his country will carry out its commitment to deliver S-300 Missile system to Iran.
- Clinton Urges Closer Cooperation Between NATO And Russia RFE/RL 23 Feb 2010 -- U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has said Russia and NATO should cooperate more closely to combat growing transnational threats like nuclear proliferation, terrorism, piracy, and cyber security.
- NATO not a threat to Russia — U.S. State Secretary Clinton RIA Novosti 23 Feb 2010 -- NATO's expansion does not threaten Russia, the U.S. state secretary said in a speech on the alliance's mission on Monday.
- Russian Military Families In Kyrgyzstan To Return Home RFE/RL 22 Feb 2010 -- The commander of Russia's military base in Kyrgyzstan says the families of most officers and servicemen will return to Russia beginning on March 1, RFE/RL's Kyrgyz Service reports.
- Russia to produce most arms domestically - deputy min. RIA Novosti 20 Feb 2010 -- Russia's Army will mostly use domestically-built arms, Russian Deputy Defense Minister Vladimir Popovkin told Ekho Moskvy radio on Saturday.
- Fire at scrapped nuclear sub in north Russia extinguished RIA Novosti 20 Feb 2010 -- A nuclear submarine fire at the Zvezdochka shipyard in north Russia's Arkhangelsk Region was put out at 05:58 a.m. Moscow time (02:58 GMT) on Saturday, according to a company source.
- No radiation danger as scrapped nuclear sub catches fire in north Russia RIA Novosti 20 Feb 2010 -- A nuclear submarine being scrapped caught fire on Friday at the Zvezdochka shipyard in northern Russia's city of Severodvinsk, but there is no radiation danger, the city administration said.
- Moscow reiterates pledge to protect Russian arms dealer's rights RIA Novosti 19 Feb 2010 -- Moscow will take further steps to protect the rights and interests of Russian businessman and alleged arms dealer Viktor Bout facing new charges in the United States, the Foreign Ministry's spokesman said on Friday.
- Russia says may yet deploy Iskander missiles in Baltic exclave RIA Novosti 19 Feb 2010 -- Russia could still deploy Iskander missiles in its exclave on the Baltic Sea if new threats emerge in Europe, Russian Defense Minister Anatoly Serdyukov warned on Friday.
- Russia may send weapons to Afghanistan, but no troops RIA Novosti 19 Feb 2010 -- Moscow is considering a request to send weapons to Afghanistan but will not send troops, Russian Defense Minister Anatoly Serdyukov said on Friday.
- Last Tsar's Murder Probe Raises Divisive Questions About Bolshevik Crimes RFE/RL 18 Feb 2010 -- A Moscow court is due to start hearings today into a dispute pitting the self-proclaimed heir to Russia's imperial throne against the Prosecutor-General's Office.
- Kremlin Calls for Major Russian Police Reduction VOA 18 Feb 2010 -- Russian President Dmitri Medvedev is calling for major police reforms, including a 50 percent reduction in the number of officials working at Interior Ministry headquarters and sub-units. The Kremlin leader is also seeking to increase compensation for Interior Ministry police.
- Russia-U.S. arms talks unaffected by anti-missile plans - U.S. envoy RIA Novosti 18 Feb 2010 -- Washington's new missile shield plans for Eastern Europe will not affect nuclear arms reduction talks with Russia, the U.S. ambassador to Moscow said on Thursday.
- Russia's Medvedev Orders Police Cuts, Cleanup RFE/RL 18 Feb 2010 -- Russian President Dmitry Medvedev has fired two deputy interior ministers and 16 other high-ranking police officials as part of a reform of the country's beleaguered law enforcement bodies.
- No plans to move Russian Black Sea fleet to Abkhazia - Bagapsh RIA Novosti 18 Feb 2010 -- Russia and Abkhazia have not discussed the redeployment of Russia's Black Sea fleet warships from Ukraine's Crimea to the former Georgian republic, the Abkhazian leader said on Thursday.
- France expects Russian decision soon on buying Mistral warship RIA Novosti 18 Feb 2010 -- French naval shipbuilder DCNS said on Thursday it expected to receive a final answer from Russia soon on buying a Mistral-class helicopter carrier.
- Abkhazia signs deal with Kremlin on Russian base on its soil RIA Novosti 17 Feb 2010 -- The presidents of Abkhazia and Russia signed a deal on Wednesday allowing a Russian military base in the former Georgian republic for 50 years, despite fierce criticism from Tbilisi and Western nations.
- Russia boosts arms sales to Latin America — Lavrov RIA Novosti 17 Feb 2010 -- Russia has increased its arms sales to Latin American states of late, the Russian foreign minister said on Wednesday after talks with his Mexican counterpart.
- Bulgaria's U.S. missile defense plans 'not anti-Russian' RIA Novosti 17 Feb 2010 -- Bulgaria's possible participation in a U.S. missile defense system is not targeted against Russia, Foreign Minister Nikolai Mladenov said on Wednesday.
- Dates for S-300 deliveries to Iran to be specified later - defense industry official RIA Novosti 17 Feb 2010 -- Russia has not yet decided on the date for the delivery of advanced S-300 air defense systems to Iran, a Russian defense industry official said on Wednesday.
- Russia says U.S. anti-missile shield plans could affect talks on arms cuts pact RIA Novosti 17 Feb 2010 -- Russia's top military chief said Moscow looked "negatively" at new U.S. missile defense plans in Eastern Europe that could affect talks on a new nuclear arms cuts treaty.
- Russian military to be equipped with modern weapons - Putin RIA Novosti 17 Feb 2010 -- Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin demanded the Russian armed forces be equipped with modern weapons during a government meeting to discuss Russia's 2011-2020 military program late on Tuesday.
- Russia, U.S. might sign new arms reduction treaty soon — Lavrov RIA Novosti 17 Feb 2010 -- A new Russian-U.S. treaty on nuclear arms reduction might be concluded soon on the condition that both sides follow the previously reached agreements, the Russian foreign minister said on Wednesday.
- Transdnestr could host Russian military base, but Russia is unwilling RIA Novosti 16 Feb 2010 -- Transdnestr leader Igor Smirnov said in Moscow on Monday that the breakaway republic in Moldova was not opposed to Russia deploying its Iskander tactical missiles in the republic.
- Several states look to Russian missiles for national defense systems RIA Novosti 16 Feb 2010 -- Several countries are considering creating their national anti-aircraft defense systems using solely Russian weapons, a spokesman for Russia's leading interceptor missile producer said on Tuesday.
- U.S., Russian MPs to discuss missile defense in Europe RIA Novosti 16 Feb 2010 -- Russian parliamentarians and U.S. congressmen will discuss plans to deploy elements of a U.S. missile defense system in Romania and Bulgaria, a senior Russian MP said Tuesday.
- Russian NATO envoy pours cold water on Transdnestr's missile proposal RIA Novosti 16 Feb 2010 -- Russia's envoy to NATO has poured cold water on an offer by Moldova's unrecognized republic of Transdnestr to deploy Russian missile defense elements.
- Kremlin Stumbles In Regions As Unrest Mounts RFE/RL 16 Feb 2010 -- There was tension in the air when Kremlin envoy Nikolai Vinnichenko stepped behind the podium at the Khanty-Mansiisk legislature to introduce President Dmitry Medvedev's candidate to replace the region's highly popular governor.
- Russian police to buy French armored vehicles - business daily RIA Novosti 16 Feb 2010 -- Russia's police force is holding talks with France's Panhard General Defense on the purchase of VBL light armored vehicles, a Russian business daily reported Tuesday.
- Russia, India to sign 5th-generation fighter deal in March RIA Novosti 15 Feb 2010 -- Russia and India will sign the first contract on the manufacturing of a fifth-generation jet fighter in late February-early March, a Russian defense industry official said Monday.
- Russia, India to sign additional accord on Admiral Gorshkov aircraft carrier RIA Novosti 15 Feb 2010 -- Russia and India are to sign an additional agreement on a contract to upgrade the Admiral Gorshkov aircraft carrying cruiser, a Russian military cooperation service top official said Monday.
- Abkhazian president to sign agreement on Russian military base RIA Novosti 15 Feb 2010 -- Abkhazian President Sergei Bagapsh will sign an agreement on a Russian military base in Abkhazia during a visit to Moscow on February 16-18, the former Georgian republic's Foreign Ministry said on Monday.
- Russia, Nicaragua to hold joint military exercise - Lavrov RIA Novosti 15 Feb 2010 -- Russia and Nicaragua are preparing for joint military exercises, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Monday after a meeting with the Nicaraguan president in Managua.
- Glonass satellite system should go commercial - Putin RIA Novosti 15 Feb 2010 -- Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin has proposed on Monday introducing the Glonass navigation system throughout the country's regions and getting it onto "commercial rails."
- Transdnestr willing to host Russian missile defense system RIA Novosti 15 Feb 2010 -- Transdnestr would deploy elements of a Russian missile defense system if Moscow asked it to, the leader of the unrecognized Moldovan republic signaled on Monday.
- Russia to launch 3 Glonass satellites in March RIA Novosti 15 Feb 2010 -- A Proton M carrier rocket bearing three Glonass satellites will be launched from the Baikonur space center in Kazakhstan on March 2, Russian space officials said on Monday.
- Russia set to export $9-$10 bln arms annually - regulator RIA Novosti 15 Feb 2010 -- Russia plans to export $9-$10 billion worth of arms annually over the coming years, the country's state arms regulator said on Monday.
- Moscow wants explanation on U.S.-Bulgaria missile shield talks RIA Novosti 14 Feb 2010 -- Moscow waits for detailed explanations concerning U.S. plans to deploy elements of its missile shield in Bulgaria, the Russian foreign minister said.
- Russia-U.S. arms cuts treaty must be equal for both — Lavrov RIA Novosti 14 Feb 2010 -- A new treaty on nuclear arms reduction between Russia and the United States will not be granting any unilateral benefits, the Russian foreign minister said.
- UN, CSTO can cooperate in peacekeeping - Russian envoy RIA Novosti 13 Feb 2010 -- The United Nations and the Russia-dominated Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO) have good opportunities to cooperate in peacekeeping, Russia's envoy to the UN told the UN Security Council on Friday.
- Yanukovych opens door to Russian navy keeping base in Ukraine RIA Novosti 13 Feb 2010 -- Viktor Yanukovych, the expected next Ukrainian president, says he cannot rule out Russia's Black Sea Fleet remaining in Ukraine after its lease on the Sevastopol naval base expires in 2017.
- Russian 5th-generation fighter makes 2nd flight RIA Novosti 12 Feb 2010 -- Russia's prototype fifth-generation fighter has made a second test flight in the Far East, a Defense Ministry official told RIA Novosti on Friday.
- Top MP warns NATO to heed new Russian military doctrine RIA Novosti 11 Feb 2010 -- NATO should view Russia's new military doctrine as a signal the alliance needs to change its attitude if it wants better relations with Moscow, a senior Russian parliamentarian said Thursday.
- Russian forces form the core of the CIS Air Defense System RIA Novosti 11 Feb 2010
- Russia Probes Bonuses For Punished Army Officer RFE/RL 10 Feb 2010 -- The Russian military is investigating a report that several army officers censured last year for beating recruits were given large financial bonuses, RFE/RL's Russian Service reports.
- Vietnam joins group of Russia's largest arms buyers - expert RIA Novosti 10 Feb 2010 -- Vietnam is turning into a major buyer of Russian armaments after India, with several contracts worth billions of U.S. dollars signed recently, a Russian expert said on Wednesday.
- Russia rules out sending troops to Afghanistan - security chief RIA Novosti 09 Feb 2010 -- Russia will not send troops to help NATO forces counter Taliban insurgency in Afghanistan, where it fought nine years ago during the Cold War, the country's top security official said on Tuesday.
- Tehran warns Moscow over S-300 missile delivery delays RIA Novosti 09 Feb 2010 -- Failure to deliver S-300 surface-to-air missile systems to Tehran could provoke bad feelings in the Islamic Republic, an Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman said on Tuesday.
- French president defends sale of Mistral warship to Russia RIA Novosti 09 Feb 2010 -- French President Nicolas Sarkozy has defended his decision to allow the sale of a Mistral-class amphibious assault ship to Russia by saying it would not threaten regional security, the Daily Herald reported.
- Lithuanian defense minister calls on Russia to trust NATO RIA Novosti 09 Feb 2010 -- Lithuania's defense minister said that a decision by NATO member France to sell Russia a top-of-the-range warship demonstrates that the alliance is no threat to Moscow.
- Georgia ready to join NATO but Russia stands in way - minister RIA Novosti 09 Feb 2010 -- Georgia is ready to join NATO but Russia's position prevents the alliance from accepting the South Caucasus country, the Georgian foreign minister said Monday.
- Russian 5th-generation fighter deliveries delayed until 2015 RIA Novosti 09 Feb 2010 -- Deliveries of fifth-generation fighters to Russia's Air Force will start in 2015 rather than in 2013 as previously announced, the Air Force chief said on Tuesday.
- Russia still weighing Mistral warship options - security chief RIA Novosti 09 Feb 2010 -- The Russian leadership is still considering whether to buy a Mistral-class amphibious assault ship from France or to build a similar ship domestically, Russia's top security official said Tuesday.
- Russian security chief says NATO still serious threat to Moscow RIA Novosti 09 Feb 2010 -- NATO continues to pose a serious threat to Russia, not least because of its desire to expand closer to Russia's borders, Russian security chief Nikolai Patrushev said on Tuesday.
- Russia's work to build China's Tianwan nuclear plant stage to cost $1.8 bln RIA Novosti 09 Feb 2010 -- Russia and China have agreed that Russia's part of work to build the second stage of the Tianwan nuclear power plant (NPP) will cost 1.3 billion euros ($1.8 bln), a source close to negotiations said.
- France approves sale of Mistral warship to Russia RIA Novosti 08 Feb 2010 -- France has agreed to sell Russia a Mistral-class amphibious assault ship and received an order to build another three, Radio France Internationale reported Monday.
- Russia starts building 4th nuclear sub to carry Bulava missile RIA Novosti 08 Feb 2010 -- Russia has started the construction of the fourth Borey-class strategic nuclear-powered submarine designed to carry the Bulava missile, a shipyard spokesman said on Monday.
- Russia lends Sri Lanka $300 mln for arms purchases RIA Novosti 08 Feb 2010 -- Russia and Sri Lanka signed on Monday a $300 million loan to buy armaments and dual-purpose technology for Sri Lanka's military, Russia's deputy finance minister said.
- Russia says U.S. missile plans hamper nuclear arms cuts talks RIA Novosti 06 Feb 2010 -- Washington's continued efforts to build a missile defense shield in Europe have complicated nuclear arms reduction talks with Russia, Russia's deputy prime minister said on Saturday.
- Russia urges U.S., Europe for joint assessment of missile threats RIA Novosti 06 Feb 2010 -- Moscow highlighted the need to carry out an assessment of missile threats jointly with both Washington and Europe in response to U.S. plans to deploy missile defense elements in Romania.
- Soviet Chemical Weapons Expert: Dumping Was 'Common Practice' RFE/RL 06 Feb 2010 -- A Soviet chemical weapons expert says he is nearly certain that a report claiming the Soviet military dumped chemical weapons and radioactive waste in the Baltic Sea during the 1990s is accurate, RFE/RL's Tatar-Bashkir Service reports.
- Russian warship helps to thwart pirate attack near Somalia RIA Novosti 06 Feb 2010 -- A Russian frigate, the Neustrashimy (Fearless), took part in an operation to thwart a pirate attack on Slovenia's Ariella cargo ship in the Gulf of Aden, The Times said on Saturday.
- Russia, NATO reaffirm plans to boost ties RIA Novosti 06 Feb 2010 -- Russia and NATO reaffirmed plans to step up cooperation following a freeze in relations, Russia's Foreign Ministry said on Saturday.
- Russia to grant Sri Lanka $300 mln loan to buy armaments RIA Novosti 05 Feb 2010 -- Russia will grant Sri Lanka a $300-million loan to buy armaments and dual purpose products, the Russian ambassador said Friday.
- Could NATO Membership For Russia Break Impasse In European Security Debate? RFE/RL 05 Feb 2010 -- As global policymakers gather for the annual Munich Security Conference, Russia is growing more strident in its complaints that the European security system is dysfunctional.
- Moscow irked by U.S. missile shield plans for Romania RIA Novosti 05 Feb 2010 -- Moscow is apprehensive about U.S. plans to deploy missile defense elements in Romania, a senior Russian MP said Friday.
- Moscow wants answers from U.S. on Romania missile shield plan RIA Novosti 05 Feb 2010 -- Moscow is waiting for clarification from the United States over its plans to deploy missile defense elements in Romania, the Russian foreign minister said Friday.
- U.S. missiles in Romania would threaten Russia - analyst RIA Novosti 05 Feb 2010 -- U.S. plans to place elements of its global missile shield in Romania pose a real threat to Russia's national security, a Russian military analyst said on Friday.
- The 'Reset' At One Year: The View From Moscow RFE/RL 05 Feb 2010 -- Vladimir Putin was in favor of Barack Obama's reconfigured missile defense plan before he was against it.
- Russian president approves new military doctrine RIA Novosti 05 Feb 2010 -- Russian President Dmitry Medvedev has approved the country's new military doctrine which allows preventive nuclear strikes against potential aggressors.
- Russian, U.S. MPs to discuss new arms cuts treaty after April's nuclear summit RIA Novosti 05 Feb 2010 -- U.S. and Russian members of parliament will meet in Washington to discuss the ratification of a nuclear arms reduction pact to replace the outdated START treaty after a nuclear summit due in the U.S. capital in April, a senior Russian lawmaker has said.
- Russia finally ratifies Strasbourg Court reform RIA Novosti 04 Feb 2010 -- Russian President Dmitry Medvedev on Thursday signed a law on the ratification of Protocol 14 of the European Convention on Human Rights, opening the way for European Court of Human Rights reforms.
- Russian Military Court Sentences Sergeant For Hazing RFE/RL 04 Feb 2010 -- A military court in Russia's Leningrad Oblast sentenced a sergeant today from the Kamenka military base for beating young conscripts, RFE/RL's Russian Service reports.
- Russian Orthodox Church To Increase Role In Army RFE/RL 04 Feb 2010 -- Russian Orthodox Patriarch Kirill has announced in Moscow that some 400 Orthodox Christian chaplains would be sent to the Russian Army this year, RFE/RL's Tatar-Bashkir Service reports.
- Technical issues delay S-300 deliveries to Iran - ambassador RIA Novosti 04 Feb 2010 -- A contract on the delivery of advanced S-300 air defense systems to Iran has been stagnated by technical reasons, the Iranian ambassador to Russia said on Thursday.
- Moldovan NGO: Ukraine-Russia Spy Scandal Bad Sign For Transdniester RFE/RL 03 Feb 2010 -- A Moldovan NGO says a spy row between Ukraine and Russia shows that Moscow's peacekeepers in Moldova's separatist Transdniester region "have other duties" than keeping the peace, RFE/RL's Moldovan Service reports.
- US, Russian Negotiators Near New Nuclear Treaty VOA 03 Feb 2010 -- A senior U.S. official says American and Russian negotiators meeting in Geneva are closing in on a deal for a key nuclear disarmament treaty, and the United States Senate would likely ratify it.
- Russia, U.S. may sign new arms cuts treaty in March-Apr. - Kremlin RIA Novosti 03 Feb 2010 -- Russia and the United States may sign a nuclear arms reduction pact to replace the outdated START treaty in March or April, the Russian president's aide said on Wednesday.
- Russian police kill al-Qaeda's 'sword of Islam' RIA Novosti 03 Feb 2010 -- A militant shot dead by police in the south Russian republic of Dagestan was one of the co-founders of al-Qaeda in the North Caucasus, a security service spokesman said on Wednesday.
- Russia, U.S. could sign new arms cuts treaty in March-Apr. - Kremlin RIA Novosti 03 Feb 2010 -- Russia and the U.S. may sign a new nuclear arms reduction treaty in March or April, the Russian president's aide said on Wednesday.
- Sweden, Poland Call For Tactical Arms Reduction RFE/RL 02 Feb 2010 -- The foreign ministers of Sweden and Poland are calling on the United States and Russia to sharply reduce their arsenals of tactical nuclear weapons, saying they pose a threat to Europe.
- Training centers to prepare priests for Russian army RIA Novosti 02 Feb 2010 -- Training centres to prepare priests for deployment to Russian military units will open in the near future, Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia said on Tuesday.
- Russia, Ukraine trade spy allegations RIA Novosti 02 Feb 2010 -- Ukraine's national security service said Tuesday it had uncovered a Russian spy network and detained one of its members, while expelling five others.
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