Contents tagged with Shoygu

  • 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 …

  • NATO fighter jet approaches Russian Defense Minister’s plane

    In the afternoon of August 13, the F-18 fighter jet of NATO forces approached the Russian aircraft over the Baltic to identify it. The Alliance did not know that Russian Defense Minister Sergey Shoygu is on board of that plane, reports TASS news agency with reference to the NATO's press service. NATO explained that the fighter jet approached the Russian plane because it was flying close to the Alliance's airspace.

    "As soon as the identification was carried out, the plane returned to the base. …

  • Russia considers using cryptocurrency for arms deals

    The Russian Engineering Union (“SoyuzMash”) in conjunction with an expert council from the State Duma’s defense industry commission has asked the Central Bank of Russia to consider the possibility of cryptocurrency payments for arms deals with foreign customers, announced Russian MP and SoyuzMash vice-president Vladimir Gutenev.

    “We suggested a whole range of measures, and I personally made a suggestion to [Central Bank Head Elvira] Nabiullina. She is currently discussing it. The so-called ‘ …

  • Israeli media: Russian and US submarines clash in Alaska

    Russia and the US are holding urgent consultations due to an encounter between their submarines, according to a report by the Israeli military news portal DEBKAfile.

    Citing anonymous military sources, the site reports that the incident took place in American territorial waters near Alaska, when a US submarine intercepted a Russian nuclear submarine.

    The Russian submarine that was escorting the strategic submarine reportedly responded with a Balkan 2000 torpedo, which breached the American …

  • Russian Defense Ministry to shoot 'truthful film' on annexation of Crimea

    Russia’s Defense Ministry plans to create its own film studio in the “Patriot” park near Moscow, where it will shoot a “truthful film”, Defense Minister Sergey Shoygu told the Russian TV channel Zvezda in an interview.

    “We want there to be a good, truthful film, and that is why we have begun and, I think, will soon make that very film studio, film center, where we will shoot the film. Incidentally, it will be here, in the Patriot park, and in various areas in Moscow,” the minister said.

    Among …

  • Belarus plans to buy Russian Su-30SM fighter jets

    Belarussian Minister of Defense Andrei Ravkov said that Belarus plans to purchase several Su-30SM fighter jets from Russia, reports Interfax.

    "The contract is concluded, and it is confirmed. I know that these four aircraft are manufactured now, and are almost ready, so if President Lukashenko makes a decision, they will be purchased in the prescribed manner," he said.

    The Minister noted that there are no specific delivery dates. "The contract was made on suspensive terms, linked to the …

  • Russia pledges aid to yet another African country

    Russia is continuing its attempts at geopolitical expansion in Africa amid an impasse in its relations with the West and unclear prospects of cooperation with China. The list of African countries receiving Russian arms shipments now includes Mali.

    At the Army 2019 open forum in Kubinka on Tuesday, Russian Defense Minister Sergey Shoygu and his Malian colleague General Ibrahim Dahirou Dembele signed an intergovernmental agreement on military and technological cooperation.

    The document, which …

  • Russian Flotilla in Caspian Sea placed on alert

    35 ships, including missile and artillery vessels, and more than 1,500 military personnel have been alerted for a surprise combat readiness inspection, the Russian Defense Ministry announced.

    According to the military department, the drill will have two phases. During the first phase, the crews of Caspian Flotilla ships urgently prepared for combat and movement, and marine infantry divisions marched to staging areas.

    “During the second phase, the flotilla’s ship forces will practice firing …

  • Syrian general infuriates Russia

    The Syrian brigadier general Suheil al-Hassan, known for his loyalty to Russia, has been displeasing Moscow of late, writes the Mada Post, citing the Syrian opposition news site Zaman Al-Wasl.

    According to the article, the elite Tiger Forces under al-Hassan’s control have failed to make any significant progress in Syria’s Hama province, despite considerable support from Russian aircraft. The offensive operations carried out by the Tiger Forces were reportedly extremely expensive due to the …

  • Russian Defense Minister Shoygu urges Russian military to fight in a new way

    Russian Defense Minister Sergey Shoygu said that at the moment it is necessary to fight in a new way, focusing on the fact that the conflicts are short, and the experts have yet to develop a theory of modern warfare, reports TASS news agency.

    "Today, our main task is to develop a theory of warfare in the medium term," said Shoygu At the opening of the scientific-practical conference.

    According to him, wars today require new approaches because modern conflicts are "a set of classical and …