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Arms control update – no progress and Russian attitude is that inclusion of PRC in any deal is demeaning to Russia, Golts says that Russians cannot compete in an arms race (which everybody knows but a TNI author argues the opposite). NATO SECGEN interviewed. Keflavik major upgrade under way. Pedersen memoir published. An-12 CUB “Spookovik” gunship.
Russian cyber update – key FSB contractor hacked and 7.5 GB of data reported stolen and being distributed to media, compromising key FSB programs (until more is seen how damaging this was is unknown). Russian moon landing denials, and more on the domestic meltdown. Update on Russian meddling in Europe plus a bonus on Stone. Italian missile bust report is priceless.
Turkey update – much argument especially by NATO opponents, while Russia offers Erdogan the Su-35SE rather than the superior Su-57E. If sanctions are to be deployed, the target should be Erdogan and his entourage, not ordinary Turks. Ultimately Erdogan’s agenda is to pull Turkey out of NATO and split with the West – this should not be encouraged or facilitated.
Ukrainian election update and the Vozhd’s bizarre pronouncements get lots of Western coverage. Voter turnout appears to be mediocre cited at 36.59% as of 16:00. IR update – NATO SECGEN on Ukraine.
Donbas and defense industry updates – Motorsich accused by SBU of buying materiel from its Snizhnoe gas turbine blade plant in Russian occupied Donbas.
Deputy Secretary Sullivan’s Participation in Strategic Security Dialogue with Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergey Ryabkov U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE Office of the Spokesperson MEDIA NOTE – July 17, 2019 Today, Deputy Secretary of State John J. Sullivan, accompanied by Under Secretary for Arms Control and International Security Andrea Thompson, led a U.S. delegation of senior officials from the National Security Council, Department of Defense, and Department of Energy to Geneva, Switzerland to participate in a U.S.-Russia Strategic Security Dialogue. Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergey Ryabkov led the Russian delegation. The Strategic Security Dialogue is the latest in a series of meetings the United States has conducted with Russian officials to build on Secretary Pompeo’s and Foreign Minister Lavrov’s discussions during their May 14 meeting in Sochi, Russia. The delegations discussed their respective national strategic policies as a means to reduce misunderstandings and misperceptions on a range of key security issues. The U.S. delegation discussed the U.S. National Security Strategy, National Defense Strategy, Nuclear Posture Review, Missile Defense Review, emerging security challenges, the President’s vision for a new direction in nuclear arms control with Russia and China. The U.S. delegation made clear that a commitment to full and verifiable treaty compliance is necessary for effective arms control. The U.S. delegation also underscored concerns about Russia’s development and deployment of non-strategic nuclear weapons and lack of transparency with regard to existing obligations. Deputy Secretary Sullivan and Under Secretary Thompson will travel to Brussels, Belgium on July 18 to brief Allies at NATO headquarters.
There’s no sign that the US and Russia — who account for more than 90% of the world’s nuclear warheads — are planning to extend a major arms control treaty. If they don’t, experts fear a return to a world without limits on nuclear stockpiles.
Paul Goble Staunton, July 17 – The approaching end of the arms control agreements reached between Washington and Moscow and American plans to include Beijing in talks about replacing the current arrangements with an all-embracing arms control accord is viewed in Moscow as demeaning to Russia, Aleksandr Golts says. In Yezhednevny zhurnal, the independent Moscow military analyst says that for Moscow, the existence of bilateral arms control agreements with the US was psychologically important for the Moscow leadership because these accords gave Russia a special status. By ending that regime, Washington has deprived Moscow of that (ej.ru/?a=note&id=33970). But the American decision to move in this direction has even more fateful long-term consequences, Golts continues. China is not prepared to enter such talks and so that will mean that Russia almost certainly will have to enter a brave new world in which it will have to engage in a new arms race qualitatively and quantitatively with the United States. It isn’t ready for that. Not only is its economy much smaller and in worse shape, he points out; its military-industry is in disastrous shape burdened by enormous debts with officials now talking about the needs for billions and billions of rubles just to pay for what supposedly had already been produced and delivered. Thus, Golts says, “the Russian system of military production has shown itself to be extremely … ineffective in a situation where the real arms race has still not begun in earnest.” That leads to the question: “What then will be the case with the economy of the country when Russia has to compete with the US not only qualitatively but quantitatively as well?” The treaties which had kept that requirement in check are coming to an end, and Moscow will have no choice but to try to compete. The last time it did so, three decades ago, “a similar race destroyed a country by the name of the USSR.”
An animation published by the U.S. mission to NATO claims to depict the Novator 9M729 cruise missile, but instead appeared to show the Iskander short-range ballistic missile.
The Pentagon is crafting a bold strategy for a potential US-Russia war or US-China war, shifting military spending priorities for defense stocks.
The urbane former prime minister of Norway has been Secretary General of NATO since 2014, and through times for the international consensus he’s been one of the loudest voices defending it
The U.S. government is planning to expand runways and platforms of old Cold War base in Iceland so the base can handle heavy aircraft up to and including a C-5, according to a U.S. government’s main contracting website notice issued earlier this month. In a notice posted on the Federal website, Naval Facilities Engineering Command Atlantic (NAVFAC LANT) intends to issue a request for proposal for expand and upgrade runways located at Keflavik base in Iceland. Naval Air Station Keflavik is a U.S. Navy base located at Keflavík International Airport in Iceland. It is located on the Reykjanes peninsula on the south-west portion of the island. Built during World War II by the United States Army, it served to ferry personnel, equipment, and supplies to Europe. The U.S. Armed Forces operated the Naval Air Station in Keflavík as a NATO base from 1951 to 2006. Its location was considered to be of great importance during the Cold War. Once an air station home to U.S. Airmen, the permanent military presence at Keflavik ended in 2006, but the basic infrastructure needed to patrol the skies remains. In 2017 the United States announced its intention to modify the largest hangar on the airbase in order to house the new Boeing P-8 Poseidon ASW aircraft being introduced. And now, the U.S. government has plans to boost the facilities at Keflavik so that one squadron of aerial refueling tankers can be stationed there and wider effort to boost the US presence in key maritime passageways into the high north. Expected that will construct a full-depth concrete pavement/subbase aircraft parking apron expansion that supports powered on and off operations for a squadron of US Air Force or North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) aerial refueler equivalent aircraft. Also will construct a 40,000 square meter graveled area consisting of a full-depth aggregate base course with crushed stone drainage course enclosed by a perimeter security fence. Dangerous Cargo Pad will construct full-depth concrete pavement/subbase dangerous cargo pad (DCP) with paved asphalt shoulders sized for aircraft up to and including a C-5 Galaxy. A full-depth asphalt pavement/subbase taxiway will be provided for access from the primary taxiway to the DCP. According to Breaking Defense report, the new work adds to a growing list of US-funded projects at Keflavik, where the Navy has already spent about $36 million over the past several years to renovate hangars to accommodate American P-8 surveillance planes, which have started using the base more frequently for short rotations. It is also regularly used by both the US and NATO fighter aircraft patrolling the far north.
In Dan Pedersen’s engaging new memoir, ‘Top Gun: American Story,’ Top Gun’s original commanding officer tells the story of the famed fighter jet program.
“If you loved the movie, you will love the real story in the book.” — Fox & Friends On the 50th anniversary of the creation of the “Topgun” Navy Fighter School, its founder shares the remarkable inside story of how he and eight other risk-takers revolutionized the art of aerial combat. When American fighter jets were being downed at an unprecedented rate during the Vietnam War, the U.S. Navy turned to a young lieutenant commander, Dan Pedersen, to figure out a way to reverse their dark fortune. On a shoestring budget and with little support, Pedersen picked eight of the finest pilots to help train a new generation to bend jets like the F-4 Phantom to their will and learn how to dogfight all over again. What resulted was nothing short of a revolution — one that took young American pilots from the crucible of combat training in the California desert to the blistering skies of Vietnam, in the process raising America’s Navy combat kill ratio from two enemy planes downed for every American plane lost to more than 22 to 1. Topgun emerged not only as an icon of America’s military dominance immortalized by Hollywood but as a vital institution that would shape the nation’s military strategy for generations to come. Pedersen takes readers on a colorful and thrilling ride — from Miramar to Area 51 to the decks of aircraft carriers in war and peace-through a historic moment in air warfare. He helped establish a legacy that was built by him and his “Original Eight” — the best of the best — and carried on for six decades by some of America’s greatest leaders. Topgun is a heartfelt and personal testimony to patriotism, sacrifice, and American innovation and daring.
As Russian President Vladimir Putin continues to expand military efforts in the Arctic region, experts say the country’s advanced weapon system could pose a threat to US aircraft. CNN’s Brian Todd reports.
New tech, new capabilities.
But will it ever fire a shot in battle?
Hackers successfully targeted Russia’s state security agency last week through a major contractor, stealing and publishing details of secret internet projects including social media scraping and Tor de-anonymization.
Hackers have successfully targeted FSB—Russia’s Federal Security Service, reports say. The perpetrators managed to steal 7.5 terabytes of data from a major contractor, exposing secret FSB projects to de-anonymize Tor browsing, scrape social media, and help the state split its internet off from the rest of the world. The data was passed to mainstream media outlets for publishing, Forbes wrote. A week ago, on July 13, hackers under the name 0v1ru$ reportedly breached SyTech, a major FSB contractor. With the data stolen, 0v1ru$ left a smiling Yoba Face on SyTech’s homepage alongside pictures purporting to showcase the breach. 0v1ru$ then passed the data itself to the larger hacking group Digital Revolution, which shared the files with various media outlets and the headlines with Twitter—taunting FSB that the agency should maybe rename one of its breached activities “Project Collander.” Digital Revolution has targeted FSB before. It is unknown how tightly the two hacking groups are linked. BBC Russia broke the news that 0v1ru$ had breached SyTech’s servers and shared details of contentious cyber projects, projects that included social media scraping (including Facebook and LinkedIn), targeted collection and the “de-anonymization of users of the Tor browser.” The BBC described the breach as possibly “the largest data leak in the history of Russian intelligence services.” As well as defacing SyTech’s homepage with the Yoba Face, 0v1ru$ also detailed the project names exposed: “Arion”, “Relation”, “Hryvnia,” alongside the names of the SyTech project managers. The BBC report claims that no actual state secrets were exposed. The projects themselves appear to be a mix of social media scraping (Nautilus), targeted collection against internet users seeking to anonymize their activities (Nautilus-S), data collection targeting Russian enterprises (Mentor), and projects that seem to relate to Russia’s ongoing initiative to build an option to separate the internal internet from the world wide web (Hope and Tax-3). The BBC claims that SyTech’s projects were mostly contracted with Military Unit 71330, part of FSB’s 16th Directorate which handles signals intelligence, the same group accused of emailing spyware to Ukranian intelligence officers in 2015.
The FaceApp fracas forces us to think hard about giving our personal data to companies in authoritarian countries.
The app was having a viral moment until questions arose about privacy issues and its ownership.
The Secretary of the Security Council of Russia Nikolai Patrushev said on Friday that Russian youth must be protected from the influence of the Internet and the encroachments of Foreign Intelligence Services. Because of their “age, ideological and psychological characteristics” young people tend to fall under the influence of “terrorist and extremist organizations, radical youth structures, criminal authorities, religious organizations, and various totalitarian sects,” said Patrushev. He said that this contributes to the harmful activities of Foreign Intelligence Services, “aimed at undermining the moral foundations and the promoting the decay of traditional Russian values.” Patrushev also said that it is vital to block content that promotes extremism, violence, and ethnic intolerance to protect Russian citizens, reports Interfax news agency. High Commissioner for Human Rights in the Russian Federation Tatiana Moskalkova also said that it is necessary to introduce the term “Internet crime” in the Russian legislation. Her other idea was to strengthen the legal regulation of messengers. Moskalkova said that, at the moment, the legislation is not clear enough and leaves loopholes. One of the examples, she mentioned, is that there are applications for exchanging messages that do not require authorization through a phone number, and corporate messengers, the regulation of which is not defined by law. According to TASS news agency, the idea has already been supported by the Russian Federation Council Committee on Constitutional Legislation and State Building. The Committee’s response to the Moskalkova’s project reads that “not the government but commercial companies own the listed types of Internet resources. Obtaining information from them for most countries of the world, including Russia, is objectively limited.” The draft conclusion is expected to be reviewed at the next meeting of the Committee on Legislation on July 22, at which it is planned to hear the outline of the Moskalkova’s report before her speech at the plenary session of the Federation Council on July 23.
As the world marks 50 years since the first crewed moon landing, more than half of Russians deny it ever took place. One blogger has capitalized on growing belief in the “lunar conspiracy” to launc…
With three of its citizens facing murder charges as increasingly detailed information about how Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 was shot down, Russia is still casting it as a “crash” whose cause is a…
Paul Goble Staunton, July 16 – Some Russian fears, like dying in an airplane accident or suffering as a result of a fire, are largely independent of how much coverage their sources are given by the public or social media. But most are profoundly affected by that, with coverage driving up such fears and the absence of coverage driving them down. That is the conclusion of the latest quarterly report on National Index of Concerns compiled by Moscow sociologists (anxiety.cros.ru/). In the past three months, it says, coverage of plans to build dumps near residential areas and of the Russian Orthodox activists pushing for construction of new churches have driven those phobias dramatically upwards. At the same time, a paucity of coverage of dog bites, insect bites, and ethnic crime have driven those concerns down. Most other fears Russians have, including about the possible consequences of the deterioration of the international situation, have remained about where they were. What makes this study especially useful is that it seeks to identify which fears are underlying continuing and which are driven by the government media or social networks and provides data which can be compared over time about these factors, thereby allowing observers to see the real impact of the two kinds of media on fears in that society.
Paul Goble Staunton, July 17 – A new report by the Moscow Center for the Analysis and Prevention of Conflicts says that Moscow missed the chance at the start of Vladimir Putin’s reign to develop a Russia in which there would be both a strong center and strong regions. Now, as a result of his policies, any chance for federalism in Russia is rapidly “fading away.” The 124-page report, entitled Fading Federalism: Tatarstan and Daghestan under Conditions of Continuing Centralization, was prepared by Yekaterina Sokiryanskaya, the center’s director, sociologist Yekaterina Khodzhayeva and Caucasus specialist Denis Sokolov (cap-center.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/07/Угасающий-федерализм-Татарстан-и-Дагестан-в-условиях-продолжающейся-централизации.pdf). After the disintegration of the USSR, the authors say, Russia “accepted the federative form of administration,” a reflection of the country’s enormous size, diverse populations, pre-existing territorial divisions, and “what is the main thing, excessively strong centrifugal forces and ethnic separatism at that moment.” In the 1993 Constitution, the country’s non-Russian republics “received state status with their own constitutions, parliaments, president and supreme courts.” They could adapt legislation and rule to the needs and demands of their own population. But such a system required institutions and habits of mind Russia did not have. Real federalism needs not only institutional arrangements including an independent constitutional court and real political competition but also the willingness to engage in and accept the outcomes of often difficult negotiations among the components of the system. This Russia lacked and lacks to this day, the report says. The authors conclude that “the weakness of Russian federalism in the 1990s can be explained by the weakness of the federal center.” The center clearly required strengthening; and when Putin came to power committed to that, many expected that Russia would finally be on the road to a system combining a strong center with strong regions. “But this chance was missed,” the authors say. “Instead of the development of the federation, the leadership of the country step by step deprived the regions of their former sovereignty having formed a super-centralized system of administration.” And the situation became even worse when Putin was elected to a third term. From that time onward, they say, the federal center has striven to unify the regions and reduce to as little as possible the federal distinctiveness of the national republics. It has intensified its assimilatory policies by dropping the requirement that residents of the republic study the language of the titular nationality. And the Kremlin centralized both the financial system, ensuring that Moscow could control the amount of funds any region had to spend, but the leadership system, making clear to heads of republics that they would be removed if they stood up for their republics against the center. (Chechnya is the only “exception of the rule.”) The new study is especially useful because it compares the way in which this evolution has proceeded in two republics, Tatarstan which is a success story economically and Daghestan which is one of the poorest and has required the most assistance from Moscow. That these trends are true in both of them shows that they are the case for the entire federal system.
Paul Goble Staunton, July 16 – For those of us who began studying the Soviet Union in the early 1970s, one of the most affecting and memorable books of that time was Valentyn Moroz’s 1974 Report from the Beria Reserve about his travails as a Ukrainian political prisoner in the KGB camps of Mordvinia. Now, almost 50 years later, the Lenta news agency has provided another glimpse into the life of prisoners in Mordvinia, the republic with “the highest concentration of correctional institutions in the country.” On its 26,000 square kilometers are 14 labor colonies whose inmates make up four percent of the republic’s population (lenta.ru/photo/2019/07/15/mordovia/). “The majority of those incarcerated there are from other regions of Russia,” the news agency says; “and many are in fact citizens of other countries.” The agency’s journalists, with the assistance of the federal penal agency, visited several colonies in Mordvinia and has now published 22 photographs with commentaries. As one would expect from a report prepared under the watchful eyes of the jailors, the Lenta story contains no revelations, unlike its predecessor which did and had to be smuggled out and distributed via samizdat as a result. Nonetheless, the new one does feature some telling details: · The prisoners’ beds are marked with colored flags so that their jailors will know what to watch out for – a blue flag means a drug user, a yellow someone inclined to suicide, an orange one to gay sex, and a red one to flight. “On the beds of several inmates,” Lenta notes, “there are several flags.” · All the inmates work, most in factories that make uniforms for the defense ministry and other agencies. · Every camp has its own cable television studio which is run by the inmates themselves. · The inmates also maintain gardens where they raise fruits and vegetables that serve as fresh food in the summer and when canned as food in the winter. · One woman’s camp, IK-2, has a special facility for children of inmates. (There are 13 such facilities across Russia.) In the Mordvinian one, there are 28 children. Their mothers or other inmates look after the toddlers. It is much like a kindergarten, Lenta says, “except outside the windows are high walls and barbed wire.” Older children are sent to children’s homes. · The camps have both mosques and Orthodox churches.
“OK, we’ll make her that,” the bootlicking filmmaker said when the Russian leader asked if she’d be willing to convert to Orthodox Christianity.
Rangers sniper Atemi Panarin made some biting criticisims of Russian president Vladimir Putin this week, despite having supported him in the past.
The Russian Energy Ministry has approved a plan to deal with the hundreds of thousands of tons of chlorine-contaminated oil which European buyers refused to accept and which the Russian oil transit monopoly Transneft was forced to pump back to Russia. Citing sources in the oil sector, Reuters reported that next week Transneft will begin mixing dirty oil with clean oil and even sending it to Russian oil refineries. The processing of the oil mixed with organochlorides will be entrusted to refineries in central Russia, including the Moscow refinery, Kinef and Norsi, Reuters’ sources claim. The heightened concentration of chlorine will persist at least until the middle of 2020, and could last until 2021. Part of the oil will be sent for export through the ports of Primorsk, Novorossiysk and Ust-Luga. After the mixing, although the chlorine content will remain within the parameters stipulated by GOST and the Eurasian Economic Union (no more than 6 parts per million), it will still be several times higher than European standards (no more than 1 ppm). At Primorsk and Novorossiysk it will be 5 ppm, and 3.5 ppm at Ust-Luga. Oil companies have been displeased by Transneft’s proposed scheme: the contaminated oil will have to be sold at a considerable discount, and the refineries will require additional technologies to avoid the risk of corrosion and damage to equipment. The countries are now trying to think of alternative solutions to the one proposed by the Energy Ministry. “Mixing clean and dirty barrels is a bad idea, a useless waste of a product,” complained one of Reuters’ sources. “This oil could be sold at a discount. A lot of interested parties could be found. This kind of oil can be heated, it can also be churned, but there needs to be a discount,” another suggested. Despite the objections, the scheme to clean out the pipes has already been approved by Transneft and the Russian government, a third source explains: the organochloride content is within the parameters set by the Eurasian Economic Union, and so the transport monopoly’s plans are unlikely to change. The price of Russian Urals oil has already dropped on account of the chlorine content: whereas at the start of May it was 70-80 cents more expensive than Brent, by the end of June it was trading at a discount of $2-2.2. Some batches have even had to be sold at a discount of $7-10 per barrel, an oil trader familiar with the situation told Reuters.
Russia makes Germany worry about European politics
Russia’s been in conflict with former Soviet satellites for years as Georgia, Ukraine and Moldova seek greater integration with the EU and hope for membership
Russian Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Alexander Grushko confirmed that Russia and the Netherlands are conducting secret negotiations the MH17 air disaster, reports Lenta.ru news outlet. “Such consultations are taking place, but we have agreed to maintain confidentiality in this process,” he said. Earlier, it was reported that Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte held secret talks with Russian President Putin in Russia, on June 28. Earlier, it was reported that the Security Service of Ukraine detained the driver of a truck, which was carrying Buk anti-aircraft missile system, from which Boeing 777 flight MH17 was shot down over the Donetsk region.
After a missile was seized in raids on Italian neo-Nazis, RT accused Western media of anti-Russian bias for reporting the extremists had fought with Russian-separatists in eastern Ukraine. But RT i…
The Baltic Pipe, a project to supply Norwegian gas to Poland, has received its first approval from the Danish government, while Copenhagen is …
LITHUANIA 07.16.2019 Story by Maj. Michael Weisman U.S. Special Operations Command Europe Subscribe 32 EINSIEDLERHOF, Germany—Special Operations leaders, national defense officials and civil representatives from Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania and the United States participated in the U.S. Special Operation Command Europe-hosted 2019 Resistance Tabletop Exercise (TTX) held from June 3-5, 2019 at U.S. Air Force Europe’s Warrior Preparation Center here. The exercise tested U.S. and Allied strategic and operational level decision making to support the planning and execution of resistance operations. In the scenario, resistance is clearly defined as the national effort to regain sovereignty after illegal incursion, invasion or occupation by an aggressor state, according to one of the lead SOCEUR planners for the event. “I cannot overstate the value of an event like this,” stated U.S. Air Force Major General Kirk W. Smith, Commander of SOCEUR. “The Resistance Operating Concept promotes critical thinking on resistance and creates a basis for collaboration and understanding with our Allies and partners. It brings academics, diplomats, civil servants and military together to discuss the total defense of our Allies.” The TTX marks the third time SOCEUR has sponsored such an event, and the 11th overall event in the ROC series since its inaugural event in 2014.
Asen Genov is pretty furious. His personal data was made public this week after records of more than 5 million Bulgarians got stolen by hackers from the country’s tax revenue office.
Russia is ready to discuss supplying Su-35 fighter jets to Turkey, the head of the state-owned Rostec corporation said in a statement yesterday. “If our Turkish colleagues express a desire, we are ready to work out deliveries of Su-35 fighter jets,” Sergei Chemezov said, according to the statement.
A top Russian official says Moscow is ready to sell Su-35 fighter jets to Turkey after the US excluded Turkey from its F-35 fighter jet program.
U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has expressed “the United States’ disappointment” in a phone call with Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu over Ankara’s purchase of a Russian missile-defe…
The U.S. decision to exclude Turkey from an American-led fighter jet program goes against the “spirit of alliance,” the Turkish government said Thursday, and called on its NATO ally to reverse the decision.
The US decision to exclude Turkey from an American-led fighter jet program goes against the “spirit of alliance,” the Turkish government said Thursday, and called on its NATO ally to reverse the decision.
President Trump on Thursday said that he has not yet decided on whether to impose congressionally mandated sanctions on Turkey over the NATO ally’s possession of a Russian-produced missile air defense system.
Republican and Democratic U.S. lawmakers pressed President Donald Trump on Thursday to impose sanctions on Turkey over its purchase of a Russian missile defence system, saying he should follow a law mandating penalties for doing business with Russia’s military.
Republican Senator Rick Scott plans to unveil a resolution on Thursday calling for sanctions against Turkey after its purchase of a Russian air defense system.
The news comes after the US Department of Defence (DoD) said on Wednesday it was in the process of “unwinding” Turkey from its F35 Joint Strike Fighter programme after the latter chose to buy Russia’s S-400 surface-to-air missile defence systems.
Not only Erdogan has lost one of his props in the fight for regional dominance, but the United States will also have to find a new crutch to lean on in the Middle East
An unprecedented breach between the United States and Turkey over its purchase of a controversial Russian weapons system has caused the biggest crisis in Nato for decades, senior US sources said yesterday.Relations between the two Nato members deteriorated further following the official cancellation
Turkey is brazenly accepting delivery of the Russian S-400 air defense system, despite Washington’s warnings over the past year. Based on a 2017 deal, Turkey, which is a member of NATO and has historically been a close ally of the US and Western powers, has sought to acquire advanced Russian military technology. This illustrates its increasing drift into an alliance with Moscow.
An increasingly erratic ally is no longer worth the risks.
Turkey’s procurement of S-400 missile defence systems from Russia has made it clear that Ankara has abandoned the West, and it is time for the United States and the European Union to act accordingly and impose costs on their erstwhile ally, Bloomberg said in an editorial on Thursday. The U.S. leadership has made it clear that the purchase of Russian-built systems could compromise NATO defences, and had threatened Turkey with expulsion from the F-35 system and economic sanctions if it went through with the purchase.
The U.S. and NATO must reconsider their alliance with Ankara.
In October 1950, as U.S. forces were reeling from hordes .07/20/2019 9:14:09AM EST.
Losing the nation with 2nd-largest army in NATO would be significant blunder, says former NATO supreme allied commander
The purchase of a Russian missile defense is a severe blow to the alliance, but losing a key member would be worse.
Opinion | The purchase of a Russian missile defense is a severe blow to the alliance, but losing a key member would be worse.
On Wednesday, a U.S. decision made the headlines as the White House decided to remove Turkey from the F-35 fighter jet program – a move it has repeatedly…
‘Unilateral decision to try to remove Turkey from project not based on legitimate justification,’ says defense minister – Anadolu Agency
Senior Turkish and U.S officials on July 18 discussed Turkey’s suspension from the F-35 program, according to an official statement.
For centuries, Russia has spent vast amounts of blood and treasure and fought multiple wars in the hopes to either directly annex the Turkish Straits—the Bosporus and the Dardanelles—or to establish a friendly vassal regime there that would control the strategic waterway and allow only Russian warships to pass. Moscow’s control over the Straits is vital to ensure secure Russian access to the Mediterranean region and to effectively move southern Russia’s line of defense from the littoral waters near Sochi and Taman all the way out to the Aegean Sea. Since the 15th century, Russia has presented itself as the only true successor of the Byzantine Orthodox Roman Empire; indeed, the double-headed eagle on the coat of arms of the House of Palaiologos—the last Byzantine imperial dynasty—today makes up the national coat of arms of the Russian Federation. Capturing Istanbul (Constantinople), restoring the Orthodox cross on the Hagia Sophia (the Ottoman Turks turned it into a mosque; at present, it is a museum), taking the coveted Straits, and ultimately uniting the Balkan and Middle Eastern Orthodox people under Russian rule seemed close at hand several times in the last couple of centuries. But each time, as Russian forces invaded and marched to Constantinople or planned to land troops on the Bosporus, something went wrong. Nonetheless, in 1833, the Russian navy actually succeeded in landing some 30,000 troops on the Bosporus to stop the advancing forces of Egyptian ruler Mehmed Ali and saved the Ottoman Sultan Mahmud II. The Russian forces withdrew only after the Turks signed a mutual defense compact—the Treaty of Hünkâr İskelesi—effectively turning Turkey into a Russian protectorate with a secret clause requiring the closure of the Dardanelles to all foreign warships at Russia’s command. The modern-day equivalent of such a treaty is arguably the ultimate goal of Moscow’s present Middle Eastern policy. As components of Russian S-400 air-defense complexes arrive in Turkey (see EDM, July 16), dramatically escalating the tensions in relations between Ankara and Washington, Moscow sees the moment as a great opportunity that must not be squandered. For the Kremlin, the S-400 purchase must not be a onetime event, but a basis on which to reestablish “historical relations” that were previously undermined by foul Western influence and local duplicity (Nezavisimaya Gazeta, July 17).
Eight Turkish firms have been involved in producing the advanced fighter jets, supplying hundreds of items including parts for cockpit display systems and landing gear, on contracts the Pentagon said would have been worth $9 billion over the course of the program.
ISTANBUL: The Turkish lira weakened slightly early on Friday, giving up some of the gains made the previous evening as U.S. President Donald Trump was unclear over whether his administration was looking at imposing sanctions on Turkey. His comments came following a U.S. decision to remove Ankara from the F-35 fighter jet programme after it began receiving delivery of the
The report, considered the most important indicator of internal security in Germany, draws a bleak picture and raises questions about the government’s apparent passivity in face of mounting threats…
Russian President Vladimir Putin says he believes Russians and Ukrainians constitute one nation and that the countries should integrate.
Russia, Ukraine have `many things in common,’ he tells Oliver Stone
Parliamentary elections on July 21 are likely to put plenty of new faces in Ukraine’s legislature. But some politicians say they’re bracing for “revanche,” warning that the return of figures from the Viktor Yanukovych era would risk a tilt toward Russia and a rollback of progress.
Voting is under way in Ukraine for a new parliament in a snap election seen as a barometer of President Volodymyr Zelenskiy’s popularity two months after a resounding election victory following h…
Ukrainian Interior Minister Arsen Avakov says that law enforcement agencies are ready for Election Day and will ensure law and order during the early parliamentary elections scheduled for July 21. Some 132,500 interior ministry employees will be on duty on Election Day.
Overnight Sunday, July 21, voting in Ukraine’s snap parliamentary elections started in foreign constituencies. First ballots were cast at an overseas polling station in Australia.
Today, July 21, Ukraine is holding early elections to the Verkhovna Rada, the country’s parliament. Citizens vote in line with a mixed system – part of the people’s deputies will be elected on general party lists, and some – individually in their local “majoritarian constituencies”.
According to data from 181 constituencies, as of 12:00, turnout in early parliamentary elections is 15.27%, an UNIAN correspondent reports. The relevant data are posted on the scoreboard at the Central Election Commission HQ.
The prime minister of Ukraine must be a professional economist bearing no relation to politics. — Ukrinform.
President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky with First Lady Olena Zelenska arrived at the polling station. — Ukrinform.
Only 27 precinct election commissions out of more than 29,000 did not open on time, at 08:00. — Ukrinform.
As of today, 1,050 official observers from foreign countries and international organizations, as well as 11 representatives of foreign media, stay in Ukraine. — Ukrinform.
Some 30 percent of Ukrainian voters already voted in Lithuania by 2 p.m. July 21
Large-scale violations are recorded on the electoral district of Donetsk region
Servant of the People party sees no opportunities to make the parliamentary coalition with anyone who served in the previous governments in Ukraine
No facts of denial of access to the persons of the category were not spotted
Russia must not stand on Ukraine’s path of Euro-Atlantic integration, says NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg. Ukraine is now focused on the reforms to be able to meet the NATO standards.
The accession of Ukraine to NATO will take a longer time, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg believes. — Ukrinform.
Germany replaces ambassador to Ukraine. Anka Feldhusen has replaced Ernst Reichel. Political – LB.ua news portal. Latest from Ukraine and the world today
Information on the presence of Russian troops near the Ukrainian border in Belarusian part of Chernobyl exclusion zone appered on social networks
Deputy Foreign Minister of Ukraine Olena Zerkal received copies of credentials from the newly appointed ambassador of Germany to Ukraine, Mrs. Anka Feldhusen. — Ukrinform.
Amsterdam Court of Appeal rejected Gazprom's complaint concerning the jurisdiction of the court, thereby upholding its authority in the case of …
The armed formations of the Russian Federation violated ceasefire 26 times, using weapons banned under the Minsk agreements 12 times, in the Joint Forces Operation (JFO) area in Donbas over the past day. — Ukrinform.
Over the past 24 hours, as a result of the attacks, two Ukrainian soldiers were wounded in action, as stated in the update by the press center of the Joint Forces Operation HQ. Invaders violated the ceasefire 26 times.
Four servicemen who were part of the Joint Forces on a mission in the Donbas warzone were killed as they stepped on an explosive device planted by an enemy subversion group, that’s according to the report by the JFO HQ. The incident occurred just hours after the latest ceasefire, the so-called “harvest truce”, was announced.
An urgent investigation has been initiated into the death of two Ukrainian servicemen who were blown up by a land mine in Luhansk region, President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky stated. — Ukrinform.
The Emergencies Service of Ukraine initiates the temporary suspension of the Mayorske checkpoint after finding explosive devices, according to a posting on the authority’s website.
Occupation forces had fired on the positions of the Joint Forces Operation (JFO) 26 times over the past 24 hours, 11 of them with the weapons prohibited by the Minsk agreements, including 122mm artillery systems, 120mm and 82mm mortars, various grenade launchers, and mechanized infantry fighting vehicle, large-caliber machine guns, sniper rifles and small arms, the press center of the JFO has reported.
Russia’s hybrid military forces on Friday mounted 26 attacks on Ukrainian army positions in Donbas, eastern Ukraine, with two Ukrainian soldiers reported as killed in action (KIA) and another three as wounded in action (WIA). Each enemy attack saw an adequate response from Ukraine’s Joint Forces.
Ukraine’s Joint Forces Operation Headquarters has reported about military and civilian casualties in Donbas on Friday, July 19: two Ukrainian servicemen were killed by an enemy sniper and one civilian died of wounds after a grenade attack. The so-called “harvest” ceasefire is scheduled to begin at midnight on July 22, 2019.
Russian Deputy Chairman of the State Duma Committee on CIS Affairs, Eurasian Integration and Relations with Compatriots Viktor Vodolatsky said that Russia plans to issue 4-5 thousand passports a day to the residents of the so-called Donetsk and Luhansk People’s Republic (DPR and LPR), reports TASS news agency. According to him, for this purpose, the number of passport offices in the Rostov region will be increased in September from two to eight. At the moment, it is possible to issue only 500 passports a day, said Volodatsky. Earlier, Vodolatsky said that more than 10 thousand residents of the DPR and LPR received Russian passports using simplified procedure in one month. Earlier, Russian President Vladimir Putin signed another decree on the simplification of obtaining Russian citizenship, according to which residents of Donetsk and Luhansk regions can get the Russian passport under the simplified procedure.
In total, there are over 1,500 soldiers on the proving ground. Over the week, each of them will jump with a parachute
The National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine (NSDC) intends to hold a meeting on energy security issues, taking into account proposals from the expert group.
NSDC started preparing to the meeting on the issues of energy security
Work on the modernization of infrastructure at the checkpoints with common control Kuchurhan-Pervomaisk and Reni-Giurgiulesti has been performed by more than 70%.
bids for the production of such modules will be announced next Monday
Presented yesterday, July 19, the Ministry of Defense housing modules for the deployment of military in the field, today were sent for test use in the EOS. According to the results of practical tests of experimental modules in one of the units of the Joint Force will make decisions on their serial production and equipment. Let’s remind that yesterday, to President Volodymyr Zelensky, prototypes of special modules for accommodation of four and six persons, equipped with beds, cabinets, tables, washbasins, showers, air conditioners and electric generators were shown. Modules are planned to be used on the second line of defense, where there is no threat of enemy fire. According to the defense minister, the modules for the first line will have a different design and will be buried in the ground. In addition, the president was shown modules from the mobile bath-washing complexes (based on the KrAZ-63221 chassis and KrAZ-A181 trailer), which the army receives for the fifth year – from 2015.
The Security Service of Ukraine suspended the illegal activity of the Motor Sich Group, which for two years financed the activities of the terrorist organization “DNR”. This was announced today by the press center of the Security Service of Ukraine . During the pre-trial investigation it was established that the officials of the separate unit – the Snizhnyansky machine-building plant, which is located in the temporarily occupied territory of the Donetsk region, developed and implemented a mechanism for conducting non-commodity operations with business entities located on the territory of Ukraine, the Russian Federation and the so-called “Donetsk People’s republic “. As a result of the deal, the “Central Republican Bank of the DPR” received payments in the form of payment of unforeseen by the current Ukrainian legislation, the so-called “taxes and other mandatory payments”. In particular, in 2015, more than 32 million Russian rubles were paid to the DNR budget. The plant also carried out a free transfer of inventory for the needs of the so-called “Ministry of Income and Assembly of the Donetsk People’s Republic”, through which directly financed the illegal armed formations of militants. Investigators of the Security Service of Ukraine and Prosecutor of Donetsk oblast declared suspicion to the director and chief of the financial department “Snizhnyansky machine-building plant” in the commission of a criminal offense, stipulated in Part 2 of Art. 258-5 of the Criminal Code of Ukraine. The pre-trial investigation is ongoing to establish other involved parties. It should be noted that earlier, the Board of Directors of the Public Joint Stock Company Motor Sich has officially announced the loss of control over the management of the assets of the separate unit “Snizhnyansky machine-building plant” from December 20, 2017. Recall that the Antimonopoly Committee has begun consideration of cases concerning the sale of Motor Sich shares of the offshore company Skyrizon Aircraft Holdings Limited, which is associated with China, which, in the case of a positive decision, may receive more than 50% of the votes in the senior management of the company.
The company claims that no taxes on an uncontrolled territory have ever been paid
The Motor Sich company denied a statement to the Security Service of Ukraine that accused the company of paying to the “budget” of the “DNR” group supported by Russia through a separate subdivision of the group – “Snizhnyansky machine-building plant” located in the occupied territory of the Donetsk region. “We paid and pay taxes only to the state budget of Ukraine, only on the territory of Ukraine. We are not paying and paying taxes in the territory of Ukraine that is not under control in Ukraine, “said Anatoliy Malys, Director of Public Relations of OJSC” Motor Sich “. July 19, the Security Service of Ukraine declared that it stopped the illegal activity of the Motor Sich Group of Companies, which funded activities of the “DPR” group, supported by Russia for two years. Read also: “Ukrainian company” Motor Sich “supplies spare parts to the military”: what is known about it The press service of the departments reported that within the pre-trial investigation it was established that the officials of the separated unit of the group – “Snizhnyansky machine-building plant”, which is located in the temporarily occupied territory of the Donetsk region, in the course of economic activity, developed and implemented a mechanism for conducting non-commodity transactions with entities entrepreneurial activity, located on the territory of Ukraine, the Russian Federation and non-controlling territory of Ukraine. According to the agency, for the year 2015, “Snizhnyansky machine-building plant” to the “budget” of the “DPR” has paid more than 32 million Russian rubles. The SBU also stated that the plant transferred the goods and supplies to the needs of the so-called “Ministry of Revenues and Duty” of the “DPR” on a royalty-free basis, through which the illegal armed militias were financed directly. Earlier, the Bihus.Info project in its investigation reported that the Motor Sich Zaporizhzhya company supplies Russia with components for engines, including military helicopters and aircraft, despite the ban on the export of military equipment to Russia. Motor Sich dismissed this information, calling it a contract, and emphasized that they work within the framework of the law and carry out all their actions in accordance with the requirements of the laws of Ukraine.
The people’s deputy of Ukraine, leader of the National Corps party Andriy Biletsky has submitted to the State Bureau of Investigations (SBI) a report on the crime committed by officials from Ukroboronprom state concern in the form of a scheme for the illegal write-off of tank engines and their subsequent sale, which, according to his preliminary calculations, caused damage to the state exceeding $1.6 million.
For the Ukrainian economy, it is very important to restore entry into the Russian market
Day of electoral silence starts at midnight on July 19 and lasts on July 20. Any agitation before the day of election is forbidden.
The Committee of Voters of Ukraine on the day of campaign silence before the extraordinary elections to the Verkhovna Rada has recorded violations in various areas, in particular, placement of campaign materials.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has summoned heads of the law enforcement agencies to report on the progress of the probe into the murder of Belarusian journalist Pavel Sheremet. Zelensky asked heads of the law enforcement agencies to meet on July 23.
Committee of Voters of Ukraine on the day of electoral silence on the eve of the snap parliamentary elections informs on violations in various areas
The U.S. Embassy in Ukraine has called on Ukrainian authorities to find and bring the perpetrators of Belarusian journalist Pavel Sheremet’s murder to justice. Independent media play an important role in Ukrainian democracy, the embassy said.
Governor of the National Bank of Ukraine (NBU) Yakiv Smolii has said further cooperation with the International Monetary Fund (IMF) remains the basic assumption of the macroeconomic forecast. According to Smolii, this will allow Ukraine to attract other official financing, improve the conditions of access to the international capital markets, and support the interest of investors in Ukrainian assets.
NABU searches companies associated with ex-president. Political – LB.ua news portal. Latest from Ukraine and the world today
President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky met with representatives of business and financial circles of the People’s Republic of China. — Ukrinform.
Ukraine may receive investments from China equaled to $10 bn
Boyko stated Ukraine should cooperate with EU and NATO following its interests
Prosecutor General of Ukraine Yuriy Lutsenko has reported on “hot versions” in the investigation into the murder of journalist Pavlo Sheremet.
President Alexander Lukashenko of Belarus accompanied his Russian counterpart to the magnificent monastery of Valaam this week