Contents tagged with Shoygu

  • Russian Defense Minister discusses tensions in Middle East with Iranian Chief of Staff

    Russian Defense Minister Sergey Shoygu spoke on the phone with Iranian Armed Forces Chief of Staff Mohammad Bagheri to discuss steps to prevent the conflict in the Middle East from escalating following the US’s assassination of the Iranian general Qasem Soleimani in Baghdad, TASS reports, citing the Defense Ministry’s press service.

    “During their conversation, the military commanders discussed practical steps to prevent an escalation of the situation in the Syrian Arab Republic and the Middle …

  • Daughters of Putin and Russian Defense Minister Shoygu appointed to Kremlin's sports council

    Katerina Tikhonova, daughter of Russian President Vladimir Putin, has been appointed as a member of the newly created government sports council. She is not, however, part of the presidential sports council. According to Radio Liberty, Tikhonova is known to have engaged in acrobatic rock ‘n roll.

    Tikhonova is mentioned on the list as the director general of the National Intellectual Development Foundation, a foundation for supporting the scientific activity of students, graduates and young …

  • Russian Defense Minister orders more ships with Kalibr and Zircon missiles

    Russian Defense Minister Sergey Shoygu has ordered that more combat vessels be equipped with Kalibr and Zircon missiles, reports RIA Novosti.

    “The Navy needs to increase the number of distant sea zone vessels, including those which carry Kalibr cruise missiles and Zircon hypersonic missiles,” Shoygu said in a conference call on Monday.

    In addition, he said that the country needs to “expand the range of unmanned aerial vehicles and robotized systems and weapons based on new physical principles” …

  • Russian Defense Minister: Russia-NATO relations continue to deteriorate

    Russian Defense Minister Sergey Shoygu said during the broadcast of the "Moscow. Kremlin. Putin" program on Russia-1 TV channel, that cooperation between Russia and NATO has not only stopped but is deteriorating every year.

    Shoygu recalled that "about five years ago," Moscow had active cooperation with the military Alliance, and Russia had its representative in NATO. "And now it's all not only stopped but becomes worse every year," said Russian Defense Minister.

    He explained that the US is …

  • MH17 investigators: Moscow orchestrated capture of Donbas

    The Joint Investigation Team (JIT) that is investigating the Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 catastrophe which took place over eastern Ukraine in July 2014 has published new information which proves the connection between the separatists of the Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR) and Russian government officials.

    The team released recordings of intercepted phone calls made by the leadership of the self-proclaimed republic, including Defense Minister Igor “Strelkov” Girkin and Prime Minister Alexander …

  • Putin gives himself, Medvedev and heads of security a salary raise

    Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a decree on Monday to increase the salaries of senior government officials.

    According to the decree published on the official legal information website, as of October 1, the salaries of the president, Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev and key security department chiefs will be indexed to 4.3%, the official inflation rate.

    Raises will be received by Defense Minister Sergey Shoygu, Interior Minister Vladimir Kolokoltsev, FSB Director Alexander Bortnikov, and …

  • Russian Defense Minister Shoygu and US Defense Secretary Esper held telephone negotiations

    The Russian Defense Minister Sergey Shoygu held a telephone conversation with US Secretary of Defense Mark Esper, reports RIA Novosti news agency, citing Russian Defense Ministry.

    According to the Russian Defense Ministry, the negotiations were initiated by the American side. According to the Interfax news agency, the Russian Defense Ministry did not specify any details about the talks.

    The Pentagon also confirmed that Esper had a telephone conversation with Shoygu but did report any …

  • Russian Defense Minister: Syrian military operation allowed Russia to modernize its weapons

    The shortcoming of the Russian cruise missile Kalibr were discovered after the missiles were used against militants in Syria and it allowed Russia to upgrade these missiles, stated Russian Defense Minister Sergey Shoygu in an interview with the newspaper Moskovskij Komsomolets.

    According to Shoygu, the upgrade of the Kalibr resulted in a significant reduction of their flight preparation. According to Shoygu, Putin himself ordered the upgrade of the missiles after he was acquainted with the …

  • Russian General: Russian Aerospace Forces are not ready for large-scale combat

    Former Russian Air Force commander, General Pyotr Deynekin, harshly criticized the readiness of Russian Aerospace Force, noting that combat aircraft is not prepared for a large-scale military conflict, even though Russian Air Force is one of the most powerful in the world.

    "Russian Aerospace Forces do not have enough manpower and equipment to conduct large-scale military operations. There isn’t enough combat personnel ", said Deynekin as cited by news outlet the Military Review.

    Earlier, …

  • Russian defense minister talks of threat in the East

    The military strategic situation around Russia remains tense: in addition to increased activity by NATO states in the West, there are now threats coming from the East, said Russian Defense Minister Sergey Shoygu.

    Shoygu claims that the eastern threat to Russia is being created by the actions of the US and its allies, who he says are trying to expand their influence in the Asian and Pacific region.

    “In the eastern strategic area there is a persisting trend towards a complication of the …