• Libyan Interior Ministry: Russian Pantsir missile system belonging to Khalifa Haftar army has been destroyed

    The Libyan Interior Minister Fathi Bashagha said that one of the Russian-manufactured Pantsir air defense systems had been destroyed in Libya, reports defense-arabic.com news outlet. According to Bashagha, the system was installed on a German-made chassis which was allegedly made for the UAE's order, which points that the missile system was brought from that country.

    Earlier, it was reported that the troops of the Libyan National Army, headed by Khalifa Haftar, have one Russian-made Pantsir …

  • Russian-Serbian ‘Slavic Shield’ aerial defense exercise to be held annually

    The Slavic Shield joint exercise for anti-air divisions from Russia and Serbia will become an annual event, Russian anti-air commander Yuri Grekhov told Echo of Moscow radio station in an interview.

    The commander noted that the countries are currently considering numerous options for joint exercises. One such option would be to conduct exercises annually, but alternating the host country, i.e. one year in Russia, the next in Serbia. However, other formats are also possible.

    “Next year we are …

  • Ukraine unveils warhead of Crimean Bridge ‘destroyer’ missile

    Ukraine has unveiled the warhead of the self-guided “Neptune” missile, the Ukrainian publication Defense Express reports.

    The Neptune missile is anti-ship, subsonic and low-altitude, with a maximum range no greater than 300 km. Neptunes are designed to destroy land targets and ships with a displacement of less than 5,000 tons.

    The missile was developed on the basis of the Soviet-era X-35 missile by the Luch Design Bureau. It was first demonstrated in 2015 and first tested in 2016. In 2018 …

  • Israel extradites Russian hacker Burkov to US

    Israeli authorities extradited Russian hacker Aleksey Burkov to the United States. Burkov is suspected of involvement in banking security crimes. Moscow tried to protest this decision and return the hacker to Russia, reports Deutsche Welle.

    According to the suspect's lawyer Michael Ironi, Burkov was taken to the airport on November 12, from where he was transported to the United States.

    Burkov's appeal against the decision to extradite him to the United States was rejected on November 10 by …

  • Russia urges Ukraine to extend Donbas special status law

    The Russian delegation to the Trilateral Contact Group (TCG) has urged Kyiv to enter into direct negotiations with the so-called Luhansk and Donetsk Peoples Republics about enshrining the special status of the Donbas in Ukraine’s Constitution, said Russian representative to the TCG Boris Gryzlov, as cited by Interfax-Ukraine.

    The Russians are concerned that the Ukrainian law on the special status of the Donbas expires on December 31.

    “The Russian delegation urged Kyiv to ensure that this law …

  • Ukrainian Foreign Minster: Zelensky and Putin unlikely to meet in Kazakhstan

    Nursultan Nazarbayev did in fact offer to help Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky arrange a meeting with Vladimir Putin, but it was an offer without specifics, Ukrainian Foreign Minister Vadym Prystaiko told BBC in a comment.

    Prystaiko explained that he was present at the meeting between Nazarbayev and Zelensky in Japan, where the matter was discussed. According to the foreign minister, the former president of Kazakhstan made a “general offer to help organize such a meeting”, which was …

  • Russian Kalashnikov concern to produce NATO-standardized AK-12

    The chief designer of the Kalashnikov concern, Sergey Urzhumtsev, told RIA Novosti in an interview  that the new generation of Kalashnikov assault rifle, AK-12, can get a 5, 56x45mm caliber version which is standardized by NATO.

    According to him, most of the rifles are of 5.45 and 7.62 calibers. But now Kalashnikov has an export order for the AK-12 of caliber 7.62x51mm. "Also, we plan to develop a 5.56x45mm AK-12 according to NATO standard," said Urzhumtsev.

    The Russian army adopted the AK-12 …

  • Russian submarine spotted near Israeli coast

    About three months ago, an Israeli missile boat spotted a Russian submarine 15 kilometers (8 nautical miles) off the Tel Aviv coast, reports Yedioth Ahronoth publication without reference to the source of information. 

    The submarine violated the border as the 22-kilometer coastal strip is considered Israeli territorial water. The Israeli General Staff, using the communication line between the Navies, asked the Russian military for clarification.

    A short time after this request, the Russian …

  • Russia loses $13 billion on arms deals

    With increasing frequency, Russia is receiving no payment for its arms exports, which are second in quantity only to the US’s, due to the practice of giving loans to buyers, and due to US sanctions blocking dollar transactions.

    At the end of 2018, the accounts receivable on the balance sheet of Russia’s defense export agency, RosOboronExport, including all of the debt for arms that were delivered but not paid for, reached 812.9 billion rubles, around $13 billion at current exchange rates, RBC …

  • Ukraine’s Naftogaz strikes again at Gazprom

    Naftogaz of Ukraine has managed to have the accounts of GazAsia Capital S.A., the company that placed Gazprom’s yen-denominated eurobonds, frozen, Interfax reports, citing a memorandum on the Russian company’s new eurobond placements.

    GazAsia Capital S.A. is an SPV company, created for a specific purpose. Through it, Gazprom placed 10-year bonds for 65 billion yen (approximately $595 million) in December last year. Now, GazAsia does not have the right to make payments to Gazprom, Lenta.ru …