State Duma on terminating the legal effect of a number of Russian-Ukrainian agreements on the parameters of division of the Black Sea Fleet that were signed on May 28, 1997, as well as on the status and conditions of the Russian Black Sea Fleet’s deployment on the territory of Ukraine, on reciprocal payments in connection with the Russian Black Sea Fleet’s deployment in Ukraine, and on the stationing of the Russian Black Sea Fleet in Ukraine (the latter agreement signed April 21, 2010).
A report on the Russian President’s legislative move was uploaded at the Kremlin’s official website.
Putin also issued a resolution appointing Deputy Foreign Minister Grigory Karasin and Deputy Defense Minister Nikolai Pankov his official representatives in both chambers of the Federal Assembly in the process of scrutiny of the proposals on cancelling the legal effect of the aforementioned agreements.
A senior Russian military official has confirmed that Russia is in talks with a number of Latin American countries over creation of logistics facilities for its naval ships, but at the same time dismissed rumours of Russia’s plans for planting its naval bases in some countries of the region. Deputy Defence Minister Anatoly Antonov told reporters on Friday media speculations of a looming “Russian military expansion” into Latin America were devoid of any foundation.
Antonov said oppositional media were particularly zealous in that respect. In Venezuela and Nicaragua, for instance, a real information war was well underway, he added.
“The purpose is to discredit the political leadership of both countries and to call in question the mutual benefits of military and military-technical cooperation with Russia,” he said. “Such media either distort the real facts or are reluctant to understand the purposes and tasks of our policy in the region.”
The results of snap combat readiness drills conducted last month have confirmed that training in the Russian military has improved, Russian President Vladimir Putin said Friday.
“The intensity and quality of the forces’ training have improved,” Putin said at a ceremony attended by senior commanders.
Putin added the improvement was aided by defense purchases last year, which have equipped the Russian army and navy with modern weapons.
The country’s military budget stands at about 2.5 trillion rubles ($70 billion), making it the world’s third largest behind the US and China.
Last month, Putin ordered snap military drills in Russia’s Western and Central military districts, which border Ukraine. The exercises involved dozens of vessels from the Baltic and Northern Fleets and aircraft of the Russian Air Force.
The head of United Aircraft Corporation (UAC), Mikhail Pogosyan, believes that sanctions imposed against Russia by USA and EU will not affect the mutually-beneficial cooperation between aircraft companies, ITAR-TASS reports with reference to the source.
“I think that our economic cooperation is mutually-beneficial and those politically-motivated decisions taken today will not affect our long-standing partnership”, – he stated.
Pogosyan added that our Western partners understand that it is impossible to maintain a long-standing partnership if you take into account specific events. “We have laid the foundation and it is unprofitable for both parties to destroy it”, – president of UAC said.
A squadron of Russia’s Pacific Fleet ships will call at the Singapore Strait on March 28 to take part in the Komodo multilateral naval exercise under the command of Indonesia, Eastern Military District spokesman, Captain First Rank Roman Martov says.
“The coastal part of the drills will take place in Indonesia’s port of Batam, where servicemen from sixteen countries will coordinate their actions at sea and at land. The active phase of the manoeuvres will be held in the southern part of the South China Sea on April 1-2,” Martov told Itar-Tass on Thursday, adding that multinational forces would master search and rescue operations at sea and hold communications training.
Russian strategic nuclear-powered submarines Vladimir Monomakh and Alexander Nevsky will conduct Bulava missile launches in summer-autumn 2014, says a source in the Russian Navy.
Two strategic Project 955 Borey class nuclear-powered submarines of the Russian Navy will conduct single launches of transcontinental ballistic Bulava missiles in summer-autumn 2014 as directed by Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu. This was reported by a source in the General Headquarters of the Russian Navy.
On March 26, 2014 Moscow hosted the V Forum of innovative technologies InfoSpace.
As part of the event “Prospects of Russian aerospace industry” section was held, which was attended by theHead of “Corporate Communications” of the All-Russian Research Institute of Aviation Materials (VIAM) Roman Streshnev.
Section moderator was the Chairperson of the Committee of modernization and technological development of economy of Russia of Commerce and Industry Chamber Ekaterina Popova, who spoke about the possible long-term projects with Russia, taking into account international trends. State Secretary – Deputy Head of the Federal Space Agency Denis Lyskov told about foundations of state policy in the field of space activity results in order to modernize the economy of our country and the development of the Russian regions.
Research Institute of Applied Chemistry in early March presented its products at two exhibitions in Nuremberg – Enforce Tac and IWA & OutdoorClassics.
NIIPH demonstrated traditional range of special means and non-lethal means of training ammunition, and new developments made jointly with the Israeli partners. For example, the system PTP (Pistol Tactical Platform) and GROND 16. PTP is a unique platform that allows users to combine nonlethal unit “OSA” with the classic type of firearm Glock, thereby expanding toolkit of special forces. GROND 16 system is based on technological solutions, previously embodied in the pistols of the unit “OSA”, and serves to protect the perimeter. It can be mounted on vehicles.
The company Rosoboronexport plans to increase the presence of Russian military equipment in Latin America. During FIDAE-2014, the company will discuss cooperation with representatives of the armed forces of Argentina, Brazil, Columbia, Peru, Uruguay, Chile, and other countries in the region.
FIDAE-2014, the international exhibition of military and aerospace engineering, will take place in Santiago from March 25-30, 2014. There Rosoboronexport plans to increase its contacts with Chilean partners and continue developing a productive dialogue with Latin American countries concerning topics such as industrial cooperation.
Russian Helicopters, a subsidiary of Oboronprom, part of State Corporation Rostec, will showcase new models including the Mi-171A2 and Ka-32A11BC at the 18th International Air and Space Fair (FIDAE 2014) on 25-30 March in the Chilean capital Santiago. The company’s display can be found at stand D70. In collaboration with Rosoboronexport, Russian Helicopters will also present the multirole Mi-35M military transport helicopter.
“Latin America is a strategically important market for Rostec, and for Russian Helicopters in particular,” said Sergei Goreslavsky, head of Rostec’s department for international cooperation. “Today over 400 Soviet- and Russian-built helicopters operate in the region, and there are also service centres providing after-sales care for our machines. Many countries have a long tradition of purchasing Russian products. We are interested in promoting not only military helicopters but also Russian Helicopters’ commercial offering – in recent years we have achieved significant success on this front.”