Contents tagged with Russian Defense Ministry

  • Putin tells Russian military to prepare for arms race with US

    Russian President Vladimir Putin had recently  a series of meetings in Sochi with the heads of the Defense Ministry and other departments, as well as the leading enterprises of the defense industry complex. Together, they discussed ways to improve the combat capabilities of Russian troops in light of the US’s plans to withdraw from the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty – a critical agreement which brought an end to the Cold War and stopped Washington from keeping nuclear missiles aimed …

  • Russia bombs Syrian insurgents after alleged use of chlorine

    Russian and the Syrian authorities accused the opponents of Syrian President Bashar-al Assad of shelling Aleppo with chemical munitions. Russian air force struck their positions in retaliation. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights stated on Sunday, November 25 that air strikes on the Western outskirts of Aleppo, near the Idlib province, have become the first in the northwest of Syria since September when Russia and Turkey agreed to the establish a buffer zone along the demarcation.

    The …

  • Media: Austrian colonel who spied for Russia was exposed by Germany

    An Austrian colonel who worked for Russian Intelligence was exposed by German counterintelligence that handed over the information to the colleagues in Austria, reported Profil magazine.

    Earlier, Austrian authorities said that the information on the Russian spy was handed over to Vienna by a “friendly intelligence agency.” According to Profil, the Austrians were referring to the German Military Counterintelligence Service (MAD).

    The magazine is currently investigating where the retired …

  • Central African rebels demand withdrawal of Russian troops

    Abdoulaye Hissène, leader of the CNDS, one of the Ex-Séléka Muslim rebel groups in the Central African Republic (CAR), gave the Central African government troops 48 hours to vacate the region.

    “Government agents in the territories occupied by the Ex-Séléka groups have 48 hours to leave this region,” Hissène’s press communique warned.

    The ultimatum was prompted by the dismissal of the Muslim President of the National Assembly, Karim Meckassoua. Having a Christian president of the country, …

  • Media finds additional links between Skripal’s poisoning suspects and Russian Defense Ministry

    The documents related to the poisoning of Sergei and Yulia Skripal in Salisbury, which were previously published by the news outlet, Insider and investigative group Bellingcat provided new evidence of the involvement of the Russian special services in Skripal's poisoning case.

    Journalists from the Russian newspaper Novaya Gazeta analyzed the documents and found new references to Russian intelligence services in the investigation materials. One of these was an annotated number, “195-76-66” next …

  • Sweden accuses Russian Defense Minister of lying

    Swedish Defense Minister Peter Hultqvist accused his Russian counterpart Sergey Shoygu of spreading false information about Sweden's cooperation with NATO.

    The Swedish Defense Minister commented on the words of Sergey Shoygu, who, while speaking at the board meeting of the Russia Defense Ministry on July 24, expressed Moscow’s concerns about integration of Finland and Sweden into NATO structures.

    “What the Russian defense minister describes is a lie. NATO does not have unlimited access to …

  • Russia and Japan agree on Russian naval ships’ visit to Hokkaido

    Russian Defense Minister Sergey Shoygu and Japanese Defense Minister Itsunori Onodera agreed on a visit of Russia’s Pacific Fleet to the Port of Hakodate on the island of Hokkaido, Onodera said upon completion of negotiations with Shoygu in Moscow.

    He said that Russian naval ships will enter the Japanese port in October “as part of defense cooperation events”. He noted that the cooperation between Russia and Japan in the field of security will strengthen trust and will “deepen mutual …

  • Kremlin to allow Russian Defense Ministry to confiscate civilian vehicles for military use

    All of Russian citizens’ light vehicles are to be put on the military register, Russian news outlet Izvestia reports. The Defense Ministry has already drafted the corresponding document which introduces amendments to the list of vehicles which can be transferred to the army under martial law. The bill is currently undergoing interdepartmental coordination and anti-corruption examination.

    According to the bill, the list of vehicles taken into account by the military commissariats in peacetime …

  • Russia creates 70 new army units on western border

    Since 2016, Russia has created more than 70 new military units in its Western Military District, including two divisions and three brigades, Russian Defense Minister Sergey Shoygu said at a Defense Ministry board session.

    The “situation unfolding in the western strategic direction” requires Russia to constantly improve the troops and their base systems, the defense minister explained.

    According to Shoygu, new infrastructure is being created to accommodate the new units. More than 350 …

  • Russia publishes its military losses for the last 5 years

    The Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation has prepared statistics on deaths of military servicemen from 2012 - 2016 for those participating in the tender for servicemen insurance, Vedomosti writes.

    According to the data, in 2012, 630 Defense Ministry personnel died, in 2013 there were 596, 790 in 2014, 626 in 2015, and 393 in 2016. Overall, in five years, 3,035 servicemen died, the causes of death were not indicated in the documents.

    The publication notes that the Ministry of Defense …