Putin calls for upgrade of Russian army

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  1. amoy

    amoy Senior Member Senior Member

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    By NATALIYA VASILYEVA, Associated Press
    Updated 5:35 am, Wednesday, February 27, 2013


    Read more: Putin calls for upgrade of Russian army - seattlepi.com

    MOSCOW (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin told the country's top brass on Wednesday to drastically upgrade the armed forces in the next few years as part of response to attempts by the United States and NATO to "tip the strategic balance" in the world.

    In his address to Russia's defense ministry and top military officials, Putin said Russia is witnessing "insistent attempts" to change that balance and complained about U.S. plans to create a new missile defense system in Europe and the potential expansion of NATO to former Soviet republics.

    "Geopolitical developments call for our response to be well-calculated and quick," Putin said, according to a transcript of his speech on the Kremlin's website. "The Russian armed forces must move to a dramatically new level of capabilities as soon as in the next three to five years."
    The stated goal of the multibillion-dollar missile defense system planned for Europe is to protect the U.S. from Iranian missiles. But Russia has repeatedly criticized the plan, claiming it really is intended to counter its own missiles.

    Putin blasted the legacy of former Russian Defense Minister Anatoly Serdyukov who was dismissed in November 2012 amid a corruption scandal involving billions of rubles reportedly embezzled by the ministry and affiliated firms.

    While Putin linked the ouster to the corruption probe, most experts believe that Serdyukov was sacked because of an intensifying behind-the-scenes battle for the distribution of 23 trillion rubles ($750 billion) that the Kremlin plans to spend on buying new weapons through 2020.
    Serdyukov demanded higher quality and cheaper prices from the military industry, often refusing to sign new contracts for months. He criticized arms makers for continuing to produce Soviet-era designs instead of developing new weapons, angering industry leaders with strong Kremlin connections. Under Serdyukov, the military purchased amphibious assault vessels from France, bought Israeli drones, Italian armored vehicles and other foreign weapons.

    The current defense minister, Sergei Shoigu, has confirmed plans to form a new naval squadron that would patrol the Mediterranean Sea.
    A small maintenance and supply base in Syria's Tartus, Russia's only naval outpost outside the former Soviet Union, is under threat because of the civil war there.


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  3. asianobserve

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    Maintaining the current balance between the West and Russia (which is already heavily tilted in favor of the former) will depend on how Russia can maintain the flow of its oil and gas dollars. Its biggest market, Europe, is not being supplied by America, but it might be. In Europe also they're already openly talking about following suit in the fracking business. The German Parliament is openly talking about it as well as most of former USSR satellites that have shale gas and oil reserves. The moment America open the valve of its gas and oil to Europe and Europe at the same time opens the valves from their own oil and gas sources is the moment Putin's palace in the sky will vanish. It does not help that Russia is all too willing to use its gas and oil pulpit to bully its market in Europe in pursuit of Putin's delirious visions of grandeur.

    So to all Russia lovers here, savor these last remaining years of Russian importance. You should step up your West and American bashing now while Russia can still provide cover... :rolleyes:
     
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    amoy Senior Member Senior Member

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    Forget not untapped Arctic resources and the passage in the melt - to sustain Russia's ambition n contention in the world arena·

    Too early for the bell to toll "last remaining years".

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    Everybody knows about Putin's vast oil and gas reserves (how can we miss when he would always wield it as a stick?). But the question is how long can the prices of oil and gas remain at current levels? And how long before Europe source its oil and gas supply from America and their own domestic sources? Remember how the USSR collapsed?
     

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