A Short collection of news about ”friendly neighborly Russian behavior”

Här kommer ett LITET axblock av notiser om en del ryska förehavanden de senaste två månaderna. Och som sagt enligt våra intälägänta politiker i Sveriges riksdag och regeringen så är den främsta prioriteringen för svenska försvaret (den lilla spillra som finns kvar och numera finns utomlands) att ”bekämpa” Global warming.

Detta var man totalt enig om i försvarsberedningen.

Som sagt det är värdiga representanter vi har i Sveriges riksdag och regeringen. Och det är tur att det är så visa personer som värnar Sveriges väl och ve – även i orostider.

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Russian Navy aircraft test new equipment over the Arctic

04/09/2008 12:59 MURMANSK, September 4 (RIA Novosti)

– Tu-142MK aircraft from Russia’s Northern Fleet conducted on September 2-3 reconnaissance flights over the Barents and Laptev seas and successfully tested new electronic on-board equipment, the fleet’s press service said Thursday. (Russian strategic bombers – Image gallery)

Tu-142 Bear-F is the maritime reconnaissance/strike version of the Tu-95 Bear strategic bomber, designed mainly for anti-submarine warfare.

”The tests of new on-board electronic equipment and weapons-control systems showed their high effectiveness,” the press service said in a statement.

The flights have been conducted strictly in accordance with international agreements and the norms of international law, the statement said.

Russia has recently stepped up regular patrols over the Arctic and said it may soon shift the focus of its military strategy toward the northern latitudes in order to protect its national interests in the Arctic, especially on its continental shelf, which may contain large deposits of oil and natural gas.

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Russia to boost foreign military trade by 8-10% annually

25/08/2008 13:10 MOSCOW, August 25 (RIA Novosti)

– Russia plans to increase foreign weapon sales by 8-10% annually over the next three to four years, the country’s defense cooperation service said on Monday.

Military-technical cooperation will see a steady increase in arms sales of 8-10% annually over the next three to four years. This is the potential set out in the defense contracts portfolio, and the industry potential,” said Vladimir Paleshchuk, vice director of the service.

Mikhail Dmitriyev, the head of the defense cooperation service, earlier said Russia would export arms worth over $8.5 billion this year.

Paleshchuk also warned problems could emerge after 2012 unless the government took steps to encourage investment in military production as many Russian defense companies either disappeared or converted over to manufacturing alternate goods in the 1990s.

The official commented optimistically on the state-owned Russian Technology Corporation, which he said ”employs not only highly-qualified managers experienced in arms sales, but who have first hand knowledge of weapons production.”

The Russian Technology Corporation was established in November 2007 to consolidate manufacturers of high-tech products for military and civilian purposes.

Russia had doubled annual arms exports since 2000 to $7 billion last year, becoming the world’s second-largest exporter of conventional weapons after the United States.

Russia exports arms to about 80 countries. Among the key buyers of Russian-made weaponry are China, India, Algeria, Venezuela, Iran, Malaysia and Serbia.

The most popular types of weaponry bought from Russia are Sukhoi and MiG fighters, air defense systems, helicopters, battle tanks, armored personnel carriers and infantry fighting vehicles.

Russia also maintains traditionally strong positions in the sales of small arms, anti-tank and air-defense missile systems.

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Rice says Russia playing ‘dangerous game’ with bomber flights

19/08/2008 12:34 WASHINGTON, August 19 (RIA Novosti)

– Condoleezza Rice has said the Bush administration is unhappy with flights by Russian strategic bombers near U.S. borders and accused Moscow of playing a ”dangerous game.”

Talking about flights by Tu-95 Bear bombers, the U.S. secretary of state told journalists Monday: ”We’ve had Russian Bear flights along the Norwegian coast…even along the borders with the United States which…is a very dangerous game, and perhaps one the Russians want to reconsider.”

”Nobody needs Russian strategic aviation along America‘s coasts,” she added. 

Rice made the comments as she left for an emergency session of the North Atlantic Council in Brussels, which is due to meet Tuesday to consider relations with Moscow following a cessation in hostilities between Russia and Georgia over South Ossetia.

The emergency meeting was called last week by Washington, which accused Russia of a ”disproportionate” response after Georgia launched a military offensive against South Ossetia August 8 to try and regain control over the breakaway region, prompting Russia to send several hundred tanks and thousands of troops into the region.

Rice said the main goal of the meeting of the 26-member alliance was to deny Russia its ”strategic objective” by backing Georgian democracy.

She also accused Russia of trying to assert its influence in the region ”by military means.” She added that Moscow had harmed ”its own reputation” with its response to the Georgian attack.

Russia resumed strategic bomber patrols, often escorted by NATO planes, over the Pacific, Atlantic and Arctic oceans last August following an order signed by then-president Vladimir Putin.

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Russia shuns Baltic drills, refuses to receive U.S. ship

19/08/2008 19:24 MOSCOW, August 19 (RIA Novosti)

– Russia said on Tuesday it will not participate in the NATO-led Open Spirit 2008 naval exercise in the Baltic Sea, and will refuse to receive a U.S. warship in the Far East port of Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky.

In accordance with a decision taken by the Russian defense minister, the Navy command has sent a notification via diplomatic channels to Lithuania that Baltic Fleet mine sweepers will not take part in the Open Spirit 2008 international naval exercises in the Baltic Sea,” Capt. 1st Rank Igor Dygalo said.

The exercise has been held annually since 1997 within the framework of NATO’s Partnership for Peace program, with the aim of sweeping Baltic States‘ coastal areas for old WWI and WWII explosives.

Russia’s Baltic Fleet ships have been participating in the Open Spirit international exercise since 2003.

Dygalo said diplomats will also notify the U.S. of the ”impossibility” of receiving a U.S. Navy frigate, which is due to pay a business visit to the Kamchatka Peninsula on September 5-9.

Last week the U.S. and Britain officially pulled out of a Russia-NATO naval exercise, FRUKUS 2008, slated for August 15-23 in the Sea of Japan.

A Pentagon official on Thursday said the United States would stay away from the drill because of the South Ossetia-Georgia conflict.

Washington and London have condemned Russia’s response to a Georgian offensive on Tskhinvali, the capital of breakaway South Ossetia. Russia sent troops and armored vehicles into the region last week to expel Georgian troops following the attack.

Previously named RUKUS, the exercises were launched in 1988 as a vehicle for dialogue between the Soviet Union, the United Kingdom, and the United States. The exercise name was changed to FRUKUS in 2003, when France formally joined the group.

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Russian bombers back from 12-hour patrol over Arctic, Atlantic

08/08/2008 15:12 MOSCOW, August 8 (RIA Novosti)

Two Tu-160 Blackjack strategic bombers have completed a patrol mission over the neutral waters of the Arctic Ocean and the Atlantic, a Russian Air Force spokesman said Friday.

”The patrol flight of the strategic missile-carrying aircraft lasted about 12 hours,” Lt. Col. Vladimir Drik said, adding that during the flight they had been shadowed by two F-16 fighters from one of the NATO countries.

He reiterated that all Russian strategic patrols are performed in strict accordance with international rules on the use of airspace over neutral waters, without violating the borders of other states.

Russia resumed strategic bomber patrol flights over the Pacific, Atlantic and Arctic oceans last August, following an order signed by then-President Vladimir Putin. Russian bombers have since carried out more than 80 strategic patrol flights and have often been escorted by NATO planes.

Air Force commander Col. Gen. Alexander Zelin said in April that Russia would drastically increase the number of strategic patrol flights over the world’s oceans to 20-30 a month in the near future.

International focus on the Arctic is rising due to the presence of potentially large deposits of natural resources, including oil and natural gas, which are rapidly being exhausted in more accessible parts of the Earth.

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Russia to conduct military exercises in Indian Ocean this fall

05/08/2008 18:52 MOSCOW, August 5 (RIA Novosti)

Russian Tu-160 Blackjack and Tu-95 Bear strategic bombers will join the Russian navy in a series of exercises in the Indian Ocean, the Air Force commander said on Tuesday.

We are preparing the flights of our strategic aircraft to the Indian ocean to practice interoperability with the Russian navy task force in the region,” Col. Gen. Alexander Zelin said.

A Defense Ministry source later confirmed that a joint exercise involving Russian strategic bombers and combat ships had been scheduled for the fall 2008.

The AF commander said that the Air Force had received orders to increase joint training with the Navy and the number of patrol flights across the world’s oceans to ensure the security of Russian shipping in strategically and economically important zones.

 

Russia resumed strategic bomber patrol flights over the Pacific, Atlantic, and Arctic oceans last August, following an order signed by former president Vladimir Putin.

Since August 2007, Russian strategic bombers have carried out about 150 patrol flights with tactical interference of foreign aircraft, which accompanied our planes on their missions and in some instances jeopardized the success of these missions,” Zelin said.

The patrols allowed the crews of Russian strategic bombers and aerial tankers to gain experience in mid-air refueling, flights in northern latitudes and the use of forward landing airfields, the general said.

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Russian Navy aircraft test new weapons in Arctic

24/07/2008 20:31 MOSCOW, July 24 (RIA Novosti)

Russia’s Northern Fleet Tu-142 Bear and Il-38 May anti-submarine aircraft have tested new electronic equipment and precision-guided weapons over the Barents and Norwegian Sea, a Navy spokesman said on Thursday.

Advanced onboard electronic equipment and weapon control systems were tested during the flights. The tests have shown their high effectiveness,” Capt. 1st Rank Igor Dygalo said.

He added that at some stage of the flights, Russian aircraft were accompanied by NATO warplanes, stressing that all such flights are conducted strictly in accordance with international agreements and the norms of international law.

Russia resumed strategic bomber patrol flights over the Pacific, Atlantic, and Arctic oceans last August, following an order signed by then-president Vladimir Putin. Russian bombers have since carried out over 80 strategic patrol flights and have often been escorted by NATO planes.

Air Force commander, Col. Gen. Alexander Zelin said in April that Russia would drastically increase the number of strategic patrol flights over the world’s oceans to 20-30 a month in the near future.

The Arctic is becoming an area of increasing international focus due to the potentially large deposits of natural resources, including oil and natural gas, located there.

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Russia could place bombers in Latin America, N.Africa – paper

24/07/2008 14:27 MOSCOW, July 24 (RIA Novosti)

– Russian strategic bombers may soon be deployed at airbases in Cuba, Venezuela and Algeria as a response to the U.S. missile shield in Europe and NATO’s expansion, Russian daily Izvestia said on Thursday.

Moscow has strongly opposed the possible deployment by the U.S. of 10 interceptor missiles in Poland and an accompanying tracking radar in the Czech Republic as a threat to its national security. Washington says the defenses are needed to deter a possible strike from Iran, or other ”rogue” states.

Moscow has also expressed concern over NATO’s expansion to Russia’s borders and pledged to take ”appropriate measures” to counter the U.S. and NATO moves.

Izvestia cited sources in the Russian Defense Ministry as saying that crews of Tu-160 Blackjack and Tu-95MS Bear strategic bombers recently visited Cuba and conducted an inspection of a site and facilities for a possible forward landing airfield that could be used as a refueling stopover for Russian strategic bombers.

Russia resumed strategic bomber patrol flights over the Pacific, Atlantic, and Arctic oceans last August, following an order signed by former president Vladimir Putin.

At present the Russian military is considering the possibility of establishing so-called ”jump-up” bases in various regions of the world to provide refueling and maintenance support for the patrolling bombers.

”The flight to the U.S. [from southern Russia where the bombers are based] takes about 10 hours and even with two mid-air refuellings the aircraft can spend only 1.5 hours near the U.S. coast,” said Gen. of the Army Pyotr Deinekin, former commander of the Russian Air Force.

The use of forward landing airfields in Latin America would practically erase the time constraints for the Russian bombers and make their presence near the U.S. borders almost permanent, the general said.

If a political decision is made, Cuba will most likely host Russian Il-78 aerial tankers, which will provide nuclear-capable strategic bombers with mid-air refueling, sources in the Defense Ministry told Izvestia.

Both Tu-160 and Tu-95MS bombers have been recently modernized and fitted with new X-555 cruise missiles with a range of over 3,500 km (2,200 miles). Therefore, the bombers do not have to be permanently based near the U.S. borders to hit any target on U.S. territory in case of a potential conflict.

In the meantime, the bombers may be primarily used to spy on the United States using electronic means, much like the former Russian SIGINT station at Lourdes near Havana, which was closed in 2002.

However, another Russian publication, Nezavisimaya Gazeta, said on Thursday that the ambitious plans of Russian politicians and some military commanders may be nothing more than ”saber-rattling in empty air.”

The prospect of maintaining refueling posts for Russian bombers all over the world would require an enormous amount of investment in construction of infrastructure, fuel supplies and re-supplies.

The Russian defense budget simply does not have sufficient resources to ensure the implementation of these plans, the newspaper said.

Russian bombers with nuclear missiles on board policing the globe would only harm Russia’s image in the international arena, and it is unlikely that their presence near the U.S. borders will scare the Americans.

The U.S. military consider long-range bombers an obsolete and highly vulnerable component of the nuclear triad. The Pentagon stopped strategic bomber patrols almost two decades ago.

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http://en.rian.ru/world/20080717/114197224.html

U.S. experts say Russia ‘is winning the Arctic race’

17/07/2008 14:30

The icebreaker St. Petersburg hits the water

WASHINGTON, July 17 (RIA Novosti)

A top U.S. Coast Guard official has told lawmakers that Russia is getting ahead of the United States in the ”Arctic race” and the current U.S. administration must urgently revise its approach to Arctic exploration.

”I’m concerned we are watching our nation’s ice-breaking capabilities decline,” Coast Guard Commandant Adm. Thad Allen told the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee on Wednesday.

”It’s imperative to obtain the current validating capabilities so our polar operations can be met,” he said.

The Coast Guard chief said Russia had finally put to sea last year the largest icebreaker in its polar fleet – the 50 Years of Victory – which has been under construction since 1989 and guarantees Russia easy access to the vast natural resources in the Arctic region.

Allen said Russia is the only other country, besides the United States, with polar ice breaking capabilities, but the Russian fleet is in far better shape, with ”seven to eight” nuclear-powered polar ice breakers.

The U.S. Coast Guard’s medium- and Polar-class ice breaking fleet consists of the cutters Healy, Polar Sea and Polar Star.

Healy, which was commissioned in 2000, is the newest of the ships and is primarily designed for scientific research in the Arctic.

The Polar Star and Polar Sea, both commissioned in the 1970s, are due for a major overhaul and need millions of dollars in maintenance and repairs to stay operational in the future.

Speaking at the same hearings, Mead Treadwell, chair of the U.S. Arctic Research Commission, supported Allen’s assessment of the situation.

”In the 20th century, the advent of aircraft, missiles, and missile defense made the Arctic region a major venue for projection of power and a frontier for protecting the security of North America, Asia and Europe,” he said.

”Polar-class icebreakers are the largest and most capable of ice-going ships. Indeed, an accessible Arctic Ocean also means new or expanded routes for the U.S. military sealift to move assets from one part of the world to another. The Commission believes polar icebreakers are an essential maritime component to guarantee that this U.S. polar mobility exists,” Treadwell said.

Meanwhile, Russia’s state nuclear corporation Rosatom will take over responsibility in August for Russia’s nuclear icebreaker fleet, which currently consists of six operational nuclear icebreakers.

Experts said Russia would need six to 10 nuclear-powered icebreakers over the next 20 years, as demand for them is expected to grow with the development of the Arctic shelf and increased traffic along the Northern Sea route.

Rosatom has already announced that Russia will allocate 800 million rubles ($33.9 million) for the maintenance of nuclear icebreakers in 2008 and the first new-generation nuclear icebreaker will be built in Russia by 2015.

Russia has undertaken two Arctic expeditions – to the Mendeleyev underwater chain in 2005 and to the Lomonosov ridge last summer – to back Russian claims to the region.

The area is believed to contain vast oil and gas reserves and other mineral riches, likely to become accessible in future decades due to man-made global warming.

Russia said it would submit documentary evidence to the UN of the external boundaries along the Russian Federation‘s territorial shelf in 2009.

Under international law, the five Arctic Circle countries – the U.S., Canada, Denmark, Norway and Russia – each currently have a 322-kilometer (200-mile) economic zone in the Arctic Ocean.

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Russian strategic bombers continue Arctic, Atlantic patrols

09/07/2008 13:47 MOSCOW, July 9 (RIA Novosti)

– Four Russian strategic bombers are carrying out a routine patrol over the Arctic and Atlantic oceans, a Russian Air Force spokesman said on Wednesday.

Four Tu-95MS [Bear] strategic bombers based at the Ukrainka airfield in the Amur Region [in the Far East] are conducting a routine 14-hour patrol flight over the Arctic and Atlantic oceans,” Lt. Col. Vladimir Drik said, adding that the bombers are accompanied by NATO fighters.

During the flights the crews develop their flying skills in northern latitudes, over featureless territory. The patrol crews include young pilots,” he said.

Drik reiterated that all Russian strategic patrols are performed in strict accordance with international rules on the use of airspace over neutral waters, without violating the borders of other states.

Russia resumed strategic bomber patrol flights over the Pacific, Atlantic, and Arctic oceans last August, following an order signed by former president Vladimir Putin. Russian bombers have since carried out over 80 strategic patrol flights and have often been escorted by NATO planes.

Air Force commander, Col. Gen. Alexander Zelin said in April that Russia would drastically increase the number of strategic patrol flights over the world’s oceans to 20-30 a month in the near future.

The international focus on the Arctic is rising due to potential large deposits of natural resources, including oil and natural gas, which are rapidly decreasing on more available parts of the Earth.

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