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December 2013 - Russia Special Weapons News

  • Russian President Vows To Annihilate Terrorists RFE/RL 31 Dec 2013 -- Russian President Vladimir Putin has vowed to eliminate terrorists in Russia in the wake of this week's back-to-back bombings that killed 34 people in Volgograd.
  • First Funerals Held For Volgograd Bombing Victims RFE/RL 31 Dec 2013 -- The first funerals have been held for victims of two suicide bombings that ripped through the southern Russian city of Volgograd less than 24 hours apart.
  • Death Toll Rises in Russia Blasts VOA 31 Dec 2013 -- Russian officials say three more people have died as a result of the two suicide bombings in the southern city of Volgograd Sunday and Monday, bringing the death toll to 34 with dozens more injured.
  • Security Council 'outraged' as second terrorist attack in 24 hours strikes Russian city UN News Centre 30 Dec 2013 -- Members of the United Nations Security Council said they are "outraged" by today's terrorist attack targeting a bus in Volgograd, Russia, that caused numerous deaths and injuries - the second suicide bombing in the city within a 24-hour period.
  • Surveillance-mad US bans Russia's GLONASS for spying fears - experts Voice of RUssia 30 Dec 2013 -- The United States does not want GLONASS stations on its territory. Americans are afraid that Russia's GLONASS global satellite navigation system might be used to spy on the US.
  • Russian Security Tight After 14 Die In New Volgograd Blast RFE/RL 30 Dec 2013 -- Russian President Vladimir Putin has ordered stepped-up security measures across the country after more than 30 people were killed in two suspected suicide bombings in as many days in the southern city of Volgograd.
  • In Wake Of Repeated Bombings, A Question: Why Volgograd? RFE/RL 30 Dec 2013 -- Dual bombings in the Russian city of Volgograd have left more than 30 people dead and scores more injured. Why has Volgograd - and not Moscow or Sochi - become the repeated target of terror attacks?
  • At Least 14 Killed in Second Volgograd Suicide Bombing RIA Novosti 30 Dec 2013 -- A fatal bomb explosion ripped apart a trolleybus in Volgograd on Monday morning, killing at least 14 people and injuring 28, in the second terrorist attack in the southern Russian city in less than 24 hours.
  • Russian Terror Plots Foiled after Suspected Militants Killed RIA Novosti 30 Dec 2013 -- Three suspected militants alleged to be planning attacks for the Russian holiday season were killed Monday in a counter-terrorism operation, the National Anti-Terrorist Committee (NAK) said.
  • Russia's Northern Fleet Deploys New Borey-Class Nuclear Subs RIA Novosti 30 Dec 2013 -- Russia's two newest ballistic missile submarines arrived at their home base in the Arctic on Monday to begin active service with the Northern Fleet, the Defense Ministry said.
  • Russia Commissions New Attack Submarine RIA Novosti 30 Dec 2013 -- Russia's first Project 885M Yasen-class attack submarine, the Severodvinsk, was handed over to the navy on Monday, a defense industry source told RIA Novosti.
  • At Least 10 Killed In New Volgograd Blast RFE/RL 30 Dec 2013 -- Russian officials say at least 10 people have been killed and 23 others injured in a rush-hour explosion aboard a trolleybus in the southern city of Volgograd.
  • Bomb Kills At Least 16 At Russian Train Station RFE/RL 29 Dec 2013 -- Russian authorities say security is being tightened at stations, airports, and other facilities following a bombing in the southern city of Volgograd that killed at least 16 people and injured more than 40.
  • More Than A Dozen Killed in Blast at Volgograd Train Station RIA Novosti 29 Dec 2013 -- More than a dozen people were killed Sunday when a blast ripped through a railway station in the southern Russian city of Volgograd in what authorities say was an attack carried out by a suicide bomber.
  • Radical Groups Must Be Outlawed, Chechen Leader Says RIA Novosti 29 Dec 2013 -- The head of Russia's Chechen Republic Ramzan Kadyrov has called on the Russian parliament to outlaw all radical groups in an effort to fight against terrorism.
  • Ban and Security Council strongly condemn terrorist attack at Russian train station UN News Centre 29 Dec 2013 -- Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and the Security Council strongly condemned the terrorist attack that occurred at the central train station of the Russian city of Volgograd today causing numerous deaths and injuries.
  • Suicide Bomber Kills 16 at Russian Train Station VOA 29 Dec 2013 -- Russian officials say they believe a female suicide bomber caused an explosion that killed at least 16 people and wounded dozens Sunday at the entrance to a train station in Volgograd. The latest attack in southern Russia occurred about 650 kilometers northeast of Sochi, which will host the Winter Olympics in February.
  • Russia Army to get modern air defense systems in 2016 Iran Press TV 29 Dec 2013 -- A high-ranking Russian military figure says the country's armed forces will be equipped with advanced self-propelled and medium-range surface-to-air Buk-M3 missile defense systems in 2016.
  • Nepal To Buy 2 Military Transport Helicopters from Russia RIA Novosti 28 Dec 2013 -- The armed forces of Nepal have signed a deal with Russia's state-run arms exporter Rosoboronexport to buy two Mil Mi-17V-5 military transport helicopters, the Himalayan Times has reported.
  • After Series of Delays, Russia Launches New Soyuz Rocket RIA Novosti 28 Dec 2013 -- A new Soyuz rocket blasted off from the Plesetsk space center in northern Russia on Saturday after numerous delays earlier this week, the Russian Defense Ministry said.
  • Russian Troops to Start Getting Advanced Air Defense Systems in 2016 RIA Novosti 28 Dec 2013 -- The Russian armed forces will start getting advanced Buk-M3 air defense missile systems in 2016, the Air Defense Force's chief said on Saturday.
  • Russia Test-Fires ICBM to Target in Kazakhstan RIA Novosti 27 Dec 2013 -- The Russian Space Forces test-launched a Topol RS-12M intercontinental ballistic missile on Friday, a Russian Defense Ministry spokesman said.
  • Russia Buries Famed AK-47 Inventor Kalashnikov RIA Novosti 27 Dec 2013 -- Russia's most famous gun designer, Mikhail Kalashnikov, was buried Friday at a new military cemetery outside Moscow.
  • Russia-Led Security Bloc Plans to Spend $1Bln on Weaponry RIA Novosti 26 Dec 2013 -- Members of the Collective Security Treaty Organization, a military alliance of former Soviet states, are planning to allocate some 33 billion rubles ($1 billion) to procure new weaponry for its joint rapid reaction force, a senior CSTO official said Thursday.
  • Russia Limits Imports of Foreign Equipment for Defense Industry RIA Novosti 26 Dec 2013 -- The Russian government has put a ban on purchasing foreign-made equipment for its defense industry if there is a locally-made equivalent, according to a statement posted on the government website Thursday.
  • Russian Air Force Lets MiG-31 Fly Again After Crash RIA Novosti 26 Dec 2013 -- The Russian Air Force will restart flight operations on Monday by its fleet of Mikoyan MiG-31 interceptor aircraft that were grounded earlier this month following a crash, the service said.
  • New Russian Attack Sub to Join Navy on Dec. 30 RIA Novosti 26 Dec 2013 -- Russia's first Project 885M Yasen-class attack submarine, the Severodvinsk, will be handed over to the navy on December 30, a defense industry source told RIA Novosti on Thursday.
  • Russian Military Plans to Order More Yak-130 Combat Trainers RIA Novosti 26 Dec 2013 -- The Russian air force is planning to order an additional batch of new Yak-130 combat trainers because demand for the aircraft is growing, the air force's top commander said Wednesday.
  • 3 Russian Military Satellites Put Into Orbit RIA Novosti 25 Dec 2013 -- Three military satellites launched from Russia early Wednesday morning have reached their target orbit, a Defense Ministry spokesman said.
  • Russia takes delivery of 100 helicopters in 2013: Official Iran Press TV 25 Dec 2013 -- The aviation fleet of Russia's Air Force has taken delivery of more than 100 combat-ready helicopters in 2013, an official says.
  • Russian Navy Pilot Training Center Completion Delayed to November RIA Novosti 25 Dec 2013 -- The Russian navy has pushed back the intended in-service date for a new deck-landing training installation by almost a year for undisclosed reasons, a building contractor involved in the project said Wednesday.
  • Russia to Modify Mi-8 Helicopter for Arctic Warfare RIA Novosti 25 Dec 2013 -- Russia's Ulan-Ude aircraft manufacturing plant said Wednesday that it is developing a variant of the famed Mi-8 transport helicopter for use by the military in harsh Arctic climate.
  • Russian Air Force Received 12 Su-35 Fighter Jets in 2013 RIA Novosti 25 Dec 2013 -- Russia's Sukhoi aircraft maker delivered a total of 12 advanced Su-35 multirole fighters to the Russian air force this year, the air force commander said Wednesday.
  • Russia's Supreme Court Orders Review of Khodorkovsky Cases RIA Novosti 25 Dec 2013 -- Russia's Supreme Court on Wednesday ordered a review of past cases against the country's former richest man Mikhail Khodorkovsky, who received a presidential pardon last week after spending more than a decade in Russian jails.
  • Russia to Test-Fly New Bomber in 2019 RIA Novosti 24 Dec 2013 -- The Russian Air Force plans to begin test flights of a new strategic bomber in 2019, the commander of the long-range fleet said Monday.
  • Russia Test Fires New Yars Ballistic Missile RIA Novosti 24 Dec 2013 -- Russia carried out a successful test-firing of an RS-24 Yars ballistic missile from the Plesetsk Cosmodrome in northwest Russia on Tuesday, a military representative said.
  • Russian Navy to Escort Ships Removing Syria Chemical Arms RIA Novosti 24 Dec 2013 -- Warships from the Russian naval task force in the Mediterranean will escort ships transporting chemical weapons stockpiles being removed from Syria, a high-ranking Russian military source said Tuesday.
  • Ivan Gren Landing Ship to Join Russian Navy in 2015 – Shipyard RIA Novosti 24 Dec 2013 -- The Yantar shipyard in the Russia's western-most region, Kaliningrad, said Tuesday that the delivery of a new large landing ship to the Russian navy had been delayed until 2015.
  • Russia and Kazakhstan Agree 3-Year Space Center Deal RIA Novosti 24 Dec 2013 -- Russia and Kazakhstan have agreed a three-year roadmap for the joint use of the Baikonur space center, the Russian presidential administration said on its website Tuesday.
  • Russia Set to Launch 3 Military Satellites RIA Novosti 24 Dec 2013 -- A Russian Rokot carrier rocket will lift off from the Plesetsk space center in northern Russia early on Wednesday to put three military satellites into orbit, the Defense Ministry said.
  • Kalashnikov's Uncomfortable Legacy RFE/RL 23 Dec 2013 -- Mikhail Kalashnikov, who has died aged 94 in Izhevsk, will forever be associated with one of the world's most iconic - and controversial - weapons.
  • AK-47 Inventor Mikhail Kalashnikov Dies at Age 94 RIA Novosti 23 Dec 2013 -- Mikhail Kalashnikov, the 94-year-old inventor of the world's most popular firearm, the AK-47, died Monday in a Russian hospital, a local government official said.
  • Russian Navy Commissions Second Borey-Class Submarine RIA Novosti 23 Dec 2013 -- The Russian Navy commissioned its second Borey-class nuclear missile submarine, Alexander Nevsky, into service Monday, a fleet representative said.
  • Kalashnikov Plans New Rifle, More Export Models - Director RIA Novosti 23 Dec 2013 -- The recently established Kalashnikov Concern is planning to develop a modernized main battle rifle for the Russian Army and hopes to increase the number of models available for export, its general director said in an exclusive interview with RIA Novosti.
  • UN rights body voices concern as Russia orders NGO to register as 'foreign agent' UN News Centre 23 Dec 2013 -- A United Nations human rights body voiced grave concern today after a court in Russia ordered a non-governmental organization (NGO) that had provided the panel with information to register as a "foreign agent."
  • Khodorkovsky 'Will Help' Political Prisoners RFE/RL 22 Dec 2013 -- At his first news conference after his release from prison, former Russian tycoon Mikhail Khodorkovsky said he will try to help secure the release of other Russian political prisoners.
  • Khodorkovsky Says Won't Fund Russian Opposition RIA Novosti 22 Dec 2013 -- Former oil tycoon Mikhail Khodorkovsky, who was released from prison on Friday on a presidential pardon, said Sunday he will not fund Russia's opposition.
  • Khodorkovsky: Russia Still Has Political Prisoners VOA 22 Dec 2013 -- Russia's former oil tycoon Mikhail Khodorkovsky, recently pardoned by Russia's president, gave his first news conference Sunday after spending more than 10 years in prison on charges of embezzlement and tax fraud. Khodorkovsky appeared composed and thoughtful while he answered questions at Checkpoint Charlie in Berlin.
  • Does Russia Deal Change The Game For Maidan Protesters? RFE/RL 21 Dec 2013 -- It's been a month since Ukrainian protesters first gathered on Kyiv's Independence Square on November 21 to express anger at their government's sudden rejection of European integration.
  • Russia to Begin Assembly of An-140 Cargo Planes in 2017 RIA Novosti 21 Dec 2013 -- Russia’s Aviakor aircraft plant on Saturday announced plans to begin assembly of An-140 light cargo planes for the Russian military in 2017.
  • Peru Signs $400M Deal for Russian Transport Helicopters RIA Novosti 20 Dec 2013 -- Peru has signed a $400 million deal to buy 24 Mil Mi-171 transport helicopters for its military, Peruvian media reported Friday.
  • Russia's Khodorkovsky Released After Putin Pardon RFE/RL 20 Dec 2013 -- Mikhail Khodorkovsky has said after his release from prison that he had sought a pardon from Russian President Vladimir Putin for family reasons and did not admit guilt.
  • Khodorkovsky Walks Free After Putin Signs Pardon RIA Novosti 20 Dec 2013 -- A lawyer for jailed oil tycoon Mikhail Khodorkovsky said Friday that his client had been released after President Vladimir Putin signed a decree pardoning Russia's most famous prisoner.
  • Russian Military Confirms Plans for New Light Transport Plane RIA Novosti 20 Dec 2013 -- The Russian Defense Ministry and the United Aircraft Corporation will sign a contract on the development of the Il-112V light transport plane next year, a deputy defense minister said Friday.
  • Khodorkovsky Flies to Germany After Release from Russian Prison RIA Novosti 20 Dec 2013 -- Former oil tycoon Mikhail Khodorkovsky has flown to Germany after being released from prison on a presidential pardon, Russia's penal authorities said Friday.
  • Russia Needs Naval Buildup in Arctic - Deputy Premier RIA Novosti 20 Dec 2013 -- Russia should beef up its naval presence in the Arctic to protect its economic interests in the region from the encroachment of NATO nations, a senior minister said on Friday.
  • Khodorkovsky Says He Asked for Pardon for Family Reasons RIA Novosti 20 Dec 2013 -- Former oil tycoon Mikhail Khodorkovsky, who was released from prison on Friday on a presidential pardon, said he had asked Vladimir Putin for clemency due to family circumstances.
  • Russian Military to Decide on Missile Deployment at NATO Borders RIA Novosti 20 Dec 2013 -- A decision on whether to deploy tactical ballistic missiles near borders with NATO countries will be made only following a threat assessment by the Russian military, Russia's top diplomat said Friday.
  • Russia to Commission 2nd Borey Nuclear Sub on Dec. 23 RIA Novosti 20 Dec 2013 -- The second Borey-class nuclear-powered ballistic missile submarine, the Alexander Nevsky, will join the Russian navy during an official ceremony at the Sevmash shipyard on December 23, a local administration source said Friday.
  • US 'Welcomes' Khodorkovsky Pardon but Raps Russia on Rights RIA Novosti 20 Dec 2013 -- The United States said Friday that it "welcomes" the Kremlin's decision to pardon former oil tycoon Mikhail Khodorkovsky and other Russian prisoners but expressed concern about the mingling of politics and justice in Russia.
  • Putin Describes Ukraine Deal As 'Brotherly' Help RFE/RL 19 Dec 2013 -- Russian President Vladimir Putin has offered his thoughts on Ukraine, the Winter Olympics, a prison amnesty, Iran's nuclear program, and Edward Snowden, among other issues, during a marathon four-hour press conference,
  • Russia to Develop 5th-Generation Attack Helicopter by 2017 RIA Novosti 19 Dec 2013 -- It could take Russia about three years to complete the development of a fifth-generation attack helicopter and start testing its prototype, a defense industry official said Wednesday.
  • Putin Says No Iskanders Deployed in Kaliningrad RIA Novosti 19 Dec 2013 -- President Vladimir Putin said on Thursday that Russia has not deployed Iskander tactical nuclear missiles in Kaliningrad, an exclave wedged between NATO members Lithuania and Poland.
  • Putin: I envy Obama, he gets away with spying Iran Press TV 19 Dec 2013 -- Russian President Vladimir Putin says he envies his US counterpart Barack Obama because he can spy on his allies without any consequences.
  • Putin Calls Snowden 'Noble,' Says Never Met Him RIA Novosti 19 Dec 2013 -- Russian President Vladimir Putin described Edward Snowden, the former US National Security Agency contractor who has received temporary asylum in Russia, as a noble man, but denied having ever met him.
  • Putin Envies Obama's Ability to Spy on the World RIA Novosti 19 Dec 2013 -- President Vladimir Putin said Thursday that he envied US President Barack Obama's ability to spy on the rest of the world.
  • Iran deal obviates excuse for US missile system: Lavrov Iran Press TV 19 Dec 2013 -- Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov has reiterated that the implementation of a recent nuclear deal between Iran and the six world powers leaves no place for the deployment of a US missile system in Europe.
  • Russia Joins Operation to Remove Chemical Weapons From Syria RIA Novosti 18 Dec 2013 -- Russia will send armored trucks to Syria as part of an international effort to remove chemical weapons from the war-torn country for destruction at sea, the international watchdog overseeing the operation said in a statement posted online Wednesday.
  • 'Satan' Rocket Could Step in to Launch More Russian Satellites - General RIA Novosti 18 Dec 2013 -- Russia could convert more of its RS-20 ballistic missiles to launch domestic satellites in place of other less reliable rockets, the commander of Russia's Strategic Missile Force said on Tuesday.
  • Russia to deploy rail-mounted nuclear missiles Iran Press TV 18 Dec 2013 -- A Russian military commander says Moscow is drafting a plan to deploy rail-mounted nuclear missiles in response to the United States' Prompt Global Strike program.
  • Russia Plans Rail-Mounted Missiles to Counter US Global Strike Program RIA Novosti 18 Dec 2013 -- Russia will draft a plan in the coming year to deploy rail-mounted nuclear missiles as a potential response to the United States' Prompt Global Strike program, the commander of its Strategic Missile Force said on Wednesday.
  • Russia Plans to Build 'UAV-Killers' Based on Pantsir-S Systems RIA Novosti 18 Dec 2013 -- Russia is upgrading its short-range Pantsir-S air defense systems with an improved capability to intercept unmanned aerial vehicles, a Defense Ministry spokesman said Wednesday.
  • McCain Accuses Moscow Of Blocking Ukraine's EU Path RFE/RL 18 Dec 2013 -- U.S. Senator John McCain says Russia is trying to keep Ukraine from joining the European Union.
  • Russia Criticizes 'Blatant Pressure' On Ukraine As Protests Continue RFE/RL 18 Dec 2013 -- Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has criticized what he called 'blatant pressure' being exerted on the Ukrainian government, a veiled reference to EU efforts to convince Kyiv to sign a pact on closer relations.
  • Russia Condemns Pressure on Ukraine to Turn Towards Europe RIA Novosti 18 Dec 2013 -- Russia is surprised by blatant attempts to pressure Ukraine into signing an association agreement with the European Union, Russia's foreign minister said Wednesday.
  • US Says Russia-Ukraine Deal Sidesteps Protesters Concerns RIA Novosti 18 Dec 2013 -- The United States said Tuesday that Russia's multibillion-dollar lifeline to Kiev does not address the concerns of legions of Ukrainians who have taken to the streets to protest their government's decision to halt expected trade deals with the European Union.
  • Russia, Ukraine reach trade deal on bonds, gas price Iran Press TV 17 Dec 2013 -- Russia and Ukraine have reached a strategic economic and trade agreement under which Kiev is given significant discounts on Russian gas price and billions of dollars in credit.
  • Putin Pledges Billions, Cheaper Gas To Yanukovych RFE/RL 17 Dec 2013 -- Russia has promised Ukraine $15 billion in loans and cheaper natural gas amid ongoing protests in Kyiv calling for closer ties with the European Union rather than Moscow.
  • Russia Promises Ukraine Cheaper Gas, $15 Billion Loan VOA 17 Dec 2013 -- Russia has promised to reduce the price of natural gas exports to Ukraine by a third and lend it $15 billion, as pro-European Union demonstrations continue in the capital Kiev and other Ukrainian cities.
  • Promises, Promises: Moscow's Record Of Broken Aid Pledges RFE/RL 17 Dec 2013 -- When Russian President Vladimir Putin hosted his Ukrainian counterpart Viktor Yanukovych in Moscow on December 17, many believed he was likely to make some kind of aid pledge designed to shore up his embattled ally and keep Kyiv in the Kremlin's orbit.
  • New Russian Ballistic Missile Sub to Join Fleet RIA Novosti 17 Dec 2013 -- The second new Borey class ballistic missile submarine will enter Russian Navy service on Saturday, a defense industry source has told RIA Novosti.
  • Russian Missile Forces to Field New Heavy Missile by 2020 - Commander RIA Novosti 17 Dec 2013 -- Russia's Strategic Missile Force will deploy a new heavy intercontinental ballistic missile no later than 2020, its commander said on Tuesday.
  • NATO Members Alarmed by Russian Nuclear Missile Deployment RIA Novosti 17 Dec 2013 -- Western officials have reacted with alarm at Russia's deployment of tactical missiles on areas bordering NATO members states, describing it as a potentially destabilizing move.
  • Russian missiles deployed to Baltic Sea region Iran Press TV 16 Dec 2013 -- Russia has confirmed the deployment of tactical missiles to the Baltic Sea exclave of Kaliningrad, along the borders of NATO countries, Poland and Lithuania.
  • Sukhoi Completes Delivery of Su-34 Fighters Under 2008 Contract RIA Novosti 16 Dec 2013 -- A batch of Su-34 fighter jets was delivered to Russia's military Monday in the final consignment under a 2008 deal with the Defense Ministry for Sukhoi aircraft maker to deliver 32 of the two-seat bombers.
  • MiG-31 Flights Suspended in Russia After Crash RIA Novosti 16 Dec 2013 -- Russia's Air Force has grounded all MiG-31 Foxhound interceptor jets while investigators establish the cause of a crash of one of the planes, RIA Novosti has learned.
  • Russia Confirms Tactical Missile Deployment on NATO Borders RIA Novosti 16 Dec 2013 -- Russia confirmed Monday that it has deployed tactical ballistic missiles near its borders with NATO but said the move did not violate international agreements.
  • Iraq Expects Russian Weapons Delivery Next Month RIA Novosti 15 Dec 2013 -- The second consignment of Russian weapons and military equipment, to be delivered to Iraq under the deal signed in 2012, will arrive later than previously announced, a senior Iraqi lawmaker said on Sunday.
  • Greece Tests Russian-Made S-300 Missile System for First Time RIA Novosti 14 Dec 2013 -- Greek armed forces test-fired a Russian-made S-300 air defense system on Friday, for the first time since it was bought 14 years ago.
  • Crew Escape Russian Fighter Jet Crash RIA Novosti 14 Dec 2013 -- Two Russian Air Force crew members ejected to safety when their MiG-31 interceptor crashed on Saturday in the Far Eastern Primorye region, local authorities said.
  • Russia seeks to quadruple arms sales Iran Press TV 13 Dec 2013 -- A top Russian official has pointed to Moscow's efforts to quadruple its annual weapons sales to over 50 billion dollars by 2020 in a battle to capture the top global arms exporter spot from its American rival.
  • Akula-Class Nuclear Subs' Overhaul Could Take Decade – Shipyard RIA Novosti 13 Dec 2013 -- The overhaul of Russia's fleet of third-generation Project 971 (Akula class) nuclear-powered attack submarines could take at least a decade, the Zvyozdochka shipyard said Friday.
  • Russia to Finish Slava-Class Missile Cruiser Refit in 2015 RIA Novosti 13 Dec 2013 -- The Russian Navy missile cruiser Marshal Ustinov is expected to rejoin the fleet in 2015 following delays in the warship's refit, the Zvezdochka shipyard said Friday.
  • Russia, Belarus Sign Glonass Cooperation Agreement RIA Novosti 13 Dec 2013 -- Russia and Belarus on Friday signed an intergovernmental agreement on cooperation in the use and development of the Glonass global navigation and positioning network.
  • Russia Ready to Continue Overhaul of Indian Subs RIA Novosti 13 Dec 2013 -- Russia's Zvyozdochka shipyard said Friday that it could receive by mid-2015 at least two Indian Kilo-class diesel-electric submarines for an overhaul that would extend their service life for another 10 years.
  • Putin Invites Kiev to Work With Customs Union at Expert Level RIA Novosti 12 Dec 2013 -- If Ukraine wants to take part in projects that Russia is carrying out with Belarus and Kazakhstan as part of the Customs Union, it is welcome to send expert-level delegations, the Russian president said Thursday.
  • Putin Gives Annual Address RFE/RL 12 Dec 2013 -- Russian President Vladimir Putin has used his annual state-of-the-nation speech to address topics ranging from domestic issues such as interethnic relations and immigration to international concerns such as Iran and Ukraine.
  • Russian Defense Firms Risk Becoming 'Oversized, Unneeded' – Putin RIA Novosti 12 Dec 2013 -- Russian President Vladimir Putin said Thursday that although the country's defense sector was undergoing "unprecedented" expansion, such manufacturers risk becoming "oversized and unneeded" if state funding dries up.
  • Russia Plans to Increase Arms Exports to $50Bln by 2020 RIA Novosti 12 Dec 2013 -- Russia could quadruple its annual arms sales to $50 billion by 2020 in a race for the top spot on the global arms exporters list, a senior government official said Thursday.
  • Development of Far East, Siberia 'National Priority' – Putin RIA Novosti 12 Dec 2013 -- Russian President Vladimir Putin called for tax breaks and improved investment conditions in Siberia and Russia's Far East on Thursday, naming the nation's business development toward the Pacific Ocean a national priority of the century.
  • Putin Says Bids to Gain Military Dominance Over Russia Futile RIA Novosti 12 Dec 2013 -- President Vladimir Putin warned Thursday against foreign powers seeking to secure a military advantage over Russia and said any attempts to destroy the existing global strategic balance would be futile.
  • Putin Says Missile Defense Systems Threathen Strategic Balance RIA Novosti 12 Dec 2013 -- Russian President Vladimir Putin said Thursday that plans by foreign powers to develop high-precision weapons for use with missile defense systems will threaten agreements that have ensured the global strategic balance.
  • US-Russian Nuclear Conversion Program Ends VOA 11 Dec 2013 -- Uranium converted from Russian nuclear warheads has provided an estimated 10 percent of U.S. electric power in recent years. The 20-year 'Megatons to Megawatts' program has come to an end.
  • US-Russian Warheads-for-Fuel Program Completed RIA Novosti 11 Dec 2013 -- The last shipment of Russian uranium from nuclear warheads converted to reactor fuel arrived in Baltimore by sea on Tuesday, ending a program that has provided 10 percent of all US electricity over the past 15 years.
  • Russia to Develop Light-Class Fighter Jet RIA Novosti 11 Dec 2013 -- Russia will soon start developing a prototype of an advanced lightweight fighter jet to supplement fifth-generation T-50 aircraft, a top government official said Wednesday.
  • Russia Warns of Nuclear Response to US Global Strike Program RIA Novosti 11 Dec 2013 -- A senior government minister warned Wednesday that Russia could retaliate with a nuclear strike if a new US military strategy threatened its security.
  • Russia to Focus on Robotic Weaponry in Arms Procurement RIA Novosti 11 Dec 2013 -- The Russian army should focus on the acquisition of robotic weaponry and reduce its overall number of different types of military equipment in use, a deputy prime minister said Wednesday.
  • Russia Speeds Up Work on Angara Rocket Base RIA Novosti 11 Dec 2013 -- Construction of a launchpad in northern Russia for the long-delayed Angara rocket will be completed ahead of previous estimates, the country's defense minister has said.
  • Zarif: Iran, Russia closing agreement on building reactor, N. power plant IRNA 11 Dec 2013 -- Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said Iran and Russia are closing agreement on building reactor and nuclear power plant.
  • Iran insists on taking delivery of S-300 systems Iran Press TV 11 Dec 2013 -- Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif says the Islamic Republic insists on taking delivery of the Russian-made S-300 missile defense systems under a deal cut between the two countries.
  • Russia Reaffirms Plans to Cooperate With Iran on Peaceful Atom RIA Novosti 11 Dec 2013 -- Russia is interested in continuing collaboration with Iran in the development of the Islamic Republic's civilian nuclear power program, Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Wednesday.
  • Russia to boost armed presence in North Pole Iran Press TV 10 Dec 2013 -- Russian President Vladimir Putin has ordered the military to increase its presence in the Arctic amid Canada's bid to claim the North Pole and surrounding waters.
  • Putin, Shoigu Outline 2014 Arms Procurement Plan RIA Novosti 10 Dec 2013 -- President Vladimir Putin and Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu laid out Russia's arms procurement roadmap for 2014 on Tuesday including new strategic missiles, tanks and aircraft.
  • Putin Orders Strong Military Presence in Arctic RIA Novosti 10 Dec 2013 -- Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered the Russian military on Tuesday to boost its presence in the Arctic and complete the development of military infrastructure in the region next year.
  • Russian Military to Recruit 500,000 Professional Soldiers by 2022 RIA Novosti 10 Dec 2013 -- Russia's military will have 500,000 soldiers serving on professional contracts within a decade, Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said Tuesday.
  • Putin Reorganizes State Media Into New Conglomerate RFE/RL 09 Dec 2013 -- Russian President Vladimir Putin has ordered the closure of RIA Novosti, Russia's major state-run news agency, as part of a reorganization of state-owned media assets. Also being closed is the state-owned Voice of Russia radio.
  • RIA Novosti to Be Liquidated in State-Owned Media Overhaul RIA Novosti 09 Dec 2013 -- The Kremlin announced Monday the dissolution of RIA Novosti, the country's major state-run news agency, amid a significant reorganization of state-owned media assets.
  • Russia Sends First Fighter Jets to Belarus Base RIA Novosti 09 Dec 2013 -- A Russian fighter jet unit has arrived at a Belarusian airbase where it will be stationed on alert duty as part of an integrated regional air defense network, Belarusian news agency BelaPAN reported.
  • Russia Activates Aerospace Defense Radar Aimed at Europe RIA Novosti 09 Dec 2013 -- Russia has begun testing a new radar designed to detect highly maneuverable aerial targets – including cruise missiles and unmanned aerial vehicles – at a range of up to 3,000 kilometers (over 1,800 miles), allowing it to cover most of Europe.
  • Russia Launches British Satellite RIA Novosti 08 Dec 2013 -- A Russian Proton-M carrier rocket with a British telecoms satellite blasted off from the Baikonur space center in Kazakhstan on Sunday, the Russian space agency Roscosmos said.
  • Lawmakers question merits of US-Russia helicopter deal Iran Press TV 07 Dec 2013 -- A new report Saturday suggests Pentagon officials may have misled lawmakers on the 2011 purchase of helicopters to provide to Afghan security forces.
  • Medvedev Denies Russia Pressured Ukraine to Abandon EU Deal RIA Novosti 06 Dec 2013 -- Ukraine decided independently to abandon a long-anticipated trade deal with the European Union, Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said Friday, denying that Moscow pressured its neighbor into changing direction.
  • Japan Scrambles Fighter Jets to Track Russian Bombers RIA Novosti 06 Dec 2013 -- Japan placed its air force on alert on Friday after two Russian Tupolev Tu-95 Bear strategic bombers flew near its airspace, the Japanese military said.
  • Russian Former Defense Minister Charged With Negligence RIA Novosti 06 Dec 2013 -- A former Russian defense minister was formally charged on Friday with negligence that allegedly caused 56 million rubles ($1.7 million) worth of damage to the state.
  • Background Briefing on the NATO-Russia Meeting US Dept. of State 05 Dec 2013
  • US military buildup in Arctic irks Putin Iran Press TV 04 Dec 2013 -- The US Navy's military capability in the Arctic has worried Russian President Vladimir Putin who has ordered his armed forces to increase their presence in the region.
  • NATO-Russia Council approves ambitious cooperation plan for 2014 NATO 04 Dec 2013 -- NATO Foreign Ministers together with their Russian counterpart, Sergey Lavrov, on Wednesday (4 December 2013) agreed to launch a joint trust fund project to dispose of obsolete and dangerous ammunition in the Kaliningrad region and discussed pressing international security issues, with a focus on Afghanistan, Iran and Syria. "Today, we agreed to launch a project for the disposal of obsolete and dangerous ammunition in a safe, efficient and environmentally friendly way", the Secretary General said. "By doing so, we will make the environment safer for all those who live near these stocks of dangerous ammunition. And we will create the conditions for former military sites to be converted to civilian use."
  • Russia, Greece Sign Defense Cooperation Deal RIA Novosti 04 Dec 2013 -- Russia and Greece signed an intergovernmental agreement Tuesday on military cooperation, Russia's defense minister said.
  • Lavrov Says Russia Will Not Interfere in Ukraine VOA 04 Dec 2013 -- Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov says Moscow will not interfere in the political unrest in neighboring Ukraine and says other nations should stay out of the dispute as well. Demonstrations have been growing since late last month, when Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych backed out of a trade deal with the European Union, saying the country needed to develop closer ties with Russia.
  • Russia launches project to track US ballistic missiles Iran Press TV 04 Dec 2013 -- The Russian defense Ministry has reportedly commissioned the development of devices and software gadgets capable of tracking US ballistic missile launch.
  • Former Russian Defense Minister Refuses to Give Evidence RIA Novosti 03 Dec 2013 -- A former Russian defense minister who presided over rampant corruption in his department refused to give evidence Tuesday while facing questioning over claims he ordered soldiers to build a road leading to an elite holiday resort.
  • Russia to Test UAE-Made Drone Next Year RIA Novosti 03 Dec 2013 -- Russia's armed forces will conduct test flights of a drone aircraft from the United Arab Emirates early next year, the manufacturer said.
  • Arctic Made Priority for Russian Navy in 2014 RIA Novosti 02 Dec 2013 -- Russian naval forces are set to make the Arctic a priority region, boosting combat training and scouting lesser-known areas of the icy territory in 2014, a navy spokesman said Monday.
  • Iran, Russia in talks on new Bushehr nuclear plant ISNA 01 Dec 2013 -- Iran and Russia are in talks to build another nuclear plant at Bushehr, with construction set to begin in 2014, media Sunday reported nuclear chief Ali Akbar Salehi as saying.
  • Iran, Russia Talk New Nuclear Power Plant Deal – Report RIA Novosti 01 Dec 2013 -- Iran and Russia are discussing plans to build a new nuclear power plant at Bushehr, with construction set to begin next year, Iranian media reports said Sunday citing the country's nuclear chief.



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