Contents tagged with Shoygu

  • US State Department concerned that Russia’s S-300 missile systems will threaten US troops in Syria

    US administration believes that Russia supplying Damascus with an S-300 ground-to-air missile defense system will only increase the tension in the region and pose a threat to the US military personnel in Syria. This was noted by a US State Department spokeswoman, who commented on Moscow’s decision to reinforce Syria’s anti-air defense systems. The decision was made in connection with the accidental loss of a Russian Il-20 reconnaissance plane to friendly fire in Syria last week.

    “Russia …

  • Russian Defense Ministry publishes details of Il-20 crash in Syria

    Russia’s Defense Ministry has reaffirmed its accusation that Israel was responsible for the downing of the Russian Il-20 reconnaissance plane close to Syria’s Latakia. On September 23, the department’s official spokesman Major General Igor Konashenkov presented a by-the-minute account of what happened over Latakia based on radar data, Deutsche Welle reports.

    “The presented objective data is evidence that the actions of the Israeli fighter pilots, which led to the deaths of 15 Russian soldiers, …

  • Kremlin: Russia intends to conduct major military exercises every five years

    Russia intends to conduct major military exercises every five years, said Russian Defense Minister Sergey Shoygu on Russia 1 TV channel, reported RIA Novosti.

    He said that when the Supreme Commander-in-Chief [Putin] approves a plan for carrying out major maneuvers next year, a “main outline” of events is given. “The only thing that does not fall into this plan are unexpected inspections. Naturally, we have been planning these exercises and we plan to conduct them every five years,” the …

  • Russia: Joint exercises with China will be held regularly

    Beijing sent 3,000 troops to take part in Vostok-2018 (East-2018) military exercises.

    Russian Defense Minister Sergey Shoygu said that Moscow and Beijing plan to hold regular joint military exercises, similar to the exercises that are held this week.

    On Wednesday, Shoygu and his Chinese counterpart General Wei Fenghe visited Tsugol training range in eastern Siberia, where joint military exercises with 300,000 Russian and 3,200 Chinese soldiers are held.

    The weekly military exercises Vostok-20 …

  • Media: Israeli and Russian Minsters of Defense to discuss deployment of Syrian troops near Israel’s borders

    Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman will meet on Thursday in Moscow with his Russian counterpart Sergey Shoygu amid rumors of the forthcoming return of Syrian government troops to the southwest of the country. According to the source of RIA Novosti , the main topic of the conversation will be precisely the discussion of the allegedly forthcoming return of Syrian government forces to the borders of Israel. 

    According to the Israeli media, Israel is ready to accept that the Syrian forces …

  • Kremlin: Russia tested next generation cruise missiles and Su-57 fighters in Syria

    Russia has tested next generation cruise missiles in Syria from the fifth generation Su-57 fighter in February, Interfax reports, citing Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoygu.

    “Practical launches of next generation cruise missiles of operational-tactical designation were carried out from the fifth-generation Su-57 aircraft in February of this year to assess the combat performance of the military equipment being developed," he reported.

    On February 22, Syrian sources reported that two fifth- …

  • Putin approves new Russian government

    Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev has named the members of Russia’s new government. Medvedev presented the new Cabinet of Ministers at a meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin. Putin accepted all proposals made by Medvedev, the website of the Russian president reports.

    Medvedev proposed appointing Anton Siluanov as First Deputy Prime Minister, who, in his opinion, should also take on the role of the Minister of Finance.

    Among other candidates for the posts of  vice premiers are …

  • Russian Minister of Defense: Russia controls the situation in Syria with the help of drones

    The Russian Armed Forces are controlling the situation in Syria by using drones, as stated by Defense Minister Sergei Shoygu during a press conference at the National Defense Management Center of Russia. The transcript was published on the Ministry's website.

    "Thanks to unmanned aircraft, we have complete control over the whole Syrian territory," Shoygu said.

    According to him, since the beginning of 2018 militants began to "widely use" unmanned aerial vehicles against Russian facilities in …

  • Shoygu: Russia began forming permanent contingent in Syria’s Tartus and Hmeimim military bases

    Russia has begun establishing a permanent contingent in Syria’s Tartus and Hmeimim military bases, said Russian Defense Minister Sergey Shoygu during a conference call on Tuesday.

    “Last week, the supreme commander-in-chief [Putin] approved the structure and staff of the main bases in Tartus and Hmeimim. We have started establishing a permanent group there,” Shoygu stated.

    According to Shoygu, 59.5% of Russian troops in Syria are equipped with modern weapons and the combat readiness of all the …

  • Kremlin: Russia will not reduce its military presence after completion of the operation in Syria

    After the completion of the main phase of the military operation in Syria, Russia will not reduce its military presence there, stated in Moscow on Tuesday, October 17, the first deputy head of the Federation Council Committee on Defense and Security Frants Klintsevich.

    “We will have a military base there, and there is hardly any need for a reduction. There are 34 aircraft, there is no sense in removing them,” he said.

    On October 16, during the meeting with Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor …