Contents tagged with Shoygu

  • Russian Defense Minister explains need for reinforcement of Tajikistan military base

    The need to reinforce the Russian base in Tajikistan is due to its proximity to the Afghanistan border and the terrorist threat originating there, Russian Defense Minister Sergey Shoygu told an RBC correspondent.

    “On the Afghanistan border, from the side of the border where terrorists migrate from various regions of the world, in this case primarily from Syria. And in since the operation there has virtually finished, they [the terrorists] are moving to two places: Libya and Afghanistan. And of …

  • Russian Defense Minister volunteers soldier labor to build railway line to China

    Desperate to find contractors for its major construction projects, the Russian government has even turned to the army.

    At the sidelines of the Krasnoyarsk Economic Forum, Sholban Kara-ool, Chairman of the Tuva Republic (a Federal subject of Russia), told the Russian news agency RBC that the Kyzyl – Kuragino – China railway line will be built by soldiers.

    For Tuva, the poorest region of Russia, where the GDP per capita is only half the national average, the railway line will become the first …

  • Russian Defense Minister visits Syria to deliver Putin’s message to al-Assad

    The Russian Ministry of Defense stated that on Tuesday, March 19, Russian Defense Minister, Sergey Shoygu, paid an official visit to Syria, reports TASS.

    According to his representatives, the head of the Russian military department held talks with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in Damascus where he gave him a message from Putin. The ministry did not disclose the content of the message, only noting that during the negotiations Shoygu and al-Assad discussed "issues of combating international …

  • Kremlin: Russia increased its military presence in annexed Crimea

    Russian Defense Minister Sergey Shoygu stated at a meeting of the State’s Duma Committee on Defense that Russia strengthened its military presence in annexed Crimea to provide security for the peninsula, TASS reports.

    “Our military position has been strengthened in the Crimea. We maintain the territorial security of the peninsula and the interests of Russia in the Black Sea,” said Shoygu. He recalled that the Operational Command was also created in the far maritime zone. It controls ships that …

  • Russian Defense Minister orders to transfer four regiments to NATO borders

    Russia will continue to increase and strengthen its army stationed in the Western Military District near the borders of the NATO European members, said the Russian Defense Minister, Sergei Shoygu, at the Defense Ministry meeting on Wednesday. 

    Four new regiments will be formed in the Western Military District in accordance with the approved military activities plan for 2019. 

    This is an anti-aircraft missile regiment of mobile reserve, designed to increase the effectiveness of the shielding …

  • Russian Defense Minister orders to expedite new missile development to counter US

    Russia will have to develop new types of weapons in a limited time frame in response to the US’s withdrawal from the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty, Russian Defense Minister Sergey Shoygu said in a conference call on Tuesday.

    The defense industry has been given two years to create a ground-based variant of the Kalibr system with the long-range cruise missile that “proved itself” in Syria according to Shoygu.

    “In this same time frame, we will have to create a ground-based …

  • Russia accuses the US of producing medium-range missiles, publishes satellite images of missile manufacturing facility

    Russian Defense Ministry stated that the USA government is allegedly going to manufacture medium-range missiles in the state of Arizona. The Ministry published a satellite image on its Twitter page which allegedly shows the US missile manufacturing facility. 

    “According to data available at the Russian Ministry of Defense, even before accusing Russia of violating the INF treaty, the United States started preparations for the production of medium and shorter-range missiles two years ago,” the …

  • Russian Defense Minister: the army has received record-high number of modern weapons

    According to the Defense Ministry’s website, Russian Defense Minister Sergey Shoygu stated that the Russian Army saw an unprecedented increase in equipment with modern weaponry this year, a level not achieved by any army in the world.

    The minister also stated that Russian army has received a total of more than 1,500 weapons and more than 80,000 pieces of military equipment. “In general, we reached the point of 61.5% in modern weapon armaments. Such an availability of modern technology is not …

  • Kremlin: Russia does not have to demonstrate its 9M729 missile to the US to preserve Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty

    The elimination of weapons prohibited within the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty (INF) had been completed in 2000, said the Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov  in the interview with Kommersant.

    According to Ryabkov, the United States tried to get rid of certain restrictions of the treaty that they deemed unfavorable for them, and that Russia believes that Washington intends to withdraw from the INF Treaty at any cost. When asked, why Moscow did not simply demonstrate the 9 …

  • Putin’s friend Prigozhin took part in negotiations with Libyan marshal Khalifa Haftar in Moscow

    Yevgeny Prigozhin, a Russian businessman with ties to Russian president Vladimir Putin, was captured on video among the members of  the delegation headed by Russian Defense Minister Sergey Shoygu during negotiations with the commander of the Libyan National Army, Khalifa Haftar. The video recording was published by the Libyan Defense Ministry on its Youtube channel.

    Prigozhin is the co-owner of the Concord group of companies and he has been repeatedly associated with the Wagner private …