Russia To Deploy Reinforcements To Crimea Area

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    MOSCOW — Russia is to reinforce its troop deployments in annexed Crimea and southern Russia because of the worsening crisis in Ukraine and the buildup of foreign forces nearby, the country’s defense minister said on Tuesday.

    MOSCOW — Russia is to reinforce its troop deployments in annexed Crimea and southern Russia because of the worsening crisis in Ukraine and the buildup of foreign forces nearby, the country’s defense minister said on Tuesday.

    Sergei Shoigu told a meeting of defense ministry top brass it was a “priority” to deploy a “full and self-reliant group of troops in the direction of Crimea,” Russian news agencies reported.

    He said the “situation in Ukraine has sharply worsened and the foreign military presence has increased very close to our border.”

    Shoigu said the “military and political situation” in southwest Russia had “changed significantly since the start of this year.”

    Russia is deeply concerned at NATO’s move eastwards and President Vladimir Putin has accused the West of provoking the crisis in Ukraine in order to “revive” the military bloc.

    NATO this month agreed to set up a new rapid response force that would be ready to deploy within a few days and also to maintain a “continuous presence” in its eastern member states.

    Putin said last month that it was necessary to “implement all of the country’s defense measures fully and promptly, including of course in Crimea and Sevastopol, where we have to de facto create military infrastructure from scratch.”

    Russia’s Black Sea fleet is based in Crimea and Moscow announced in July that it had begun expanding and modernizing it with new ships and submarines.

    Putin ordered the annexation of Crimea from Ukraine in March, saying later he had righted a wrong by reclaiming a peninsula that used to belong to the Soviet republic of Russia before 1954.

    Over the weekend, Crimea’s residents joined Russians across the country in voting in the first local elections since the peninsula’s takeover.

    In Sunday’s elections to the Crimean regional parliament, Russia’s ruling United Russia party won more than 70 percent of the vote, while the ultra-nationalist Liberal Democratic Party of Russia received just under 8.5 percent.

    Kremlin-friendly analysts said the results showed that Crimea’s residents conclusively backed joining Russia.

    The United States on Monday rejected the Crimean polls as illegitimate.

    “The United States does not recognize the legitimacy of the so-called local and regional elections in Crimea on September 14 and will not acknowledge their outcome,” State Department deputy spokeswoman Marie Harf told reporters.

    “Our position on Crimea remains clear: the peninsula remains an integral part of Ukraine,” she said.

    Defense Minister: Russia To Deploy Reinforcements To Crimea Area | Defense News | defensenews.com
     
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  3. Ray

    Ray The Chairman Defence Professionals Moderator

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    Russia is entrenching itself in Crimea and is moving in her new stealth submarine to the Black Sea.

    Is Russia on a new push to superpowerdom?
     
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    asianobserve Elite Member Elite Member

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    Wet dream.

    Russia is not going to regain its superpower status. Especially not with its Ukrainian misadventure (it lost Ukraine). Don't you know that Russia has always been in Crimea all this time? So what's the difference?
     
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    Ray The Chairman Defence Professionals Moderator

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    Wet dreams for you as the wet dreams about China's 'Peaceful Rise' and then surprising all.

    One should never underestimate and pull wool over the eye and be ostrich like.

    One must always be on guard and see every little happening and add up and be prepared.

    Russia may have been in Crimea all the time, but it was a part of Ukraine and recognised universally. Or else, why would it be termed as 'annexation'?

    Annexation means - the act or an instance of capturing by force a territory.
     
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    Crimea wasn't Russian land before. Now it is. And they don't have to pay millions of dollars to Ukraine for keeping their fleet in black sea anymore.
     
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    Russia's future is in gloom by all indicators except oil production. It is being pushed back in the East by Chinese expansion and the West by Western expansion. All it can do now is lash out. But for how long? Most political analysts agree that Putin's gamble in Ukraine is going to have a high cost for Russia in the long term both in terms of losing the sympathy and support of its closest neighbors, which should be its closest allies (but they're increasingly being terrified into running towards the West).

    The rise of China was really going to be messy right from the start. The claims that it wasn't going to be was merely fantasies of some Asian countries (including us) who want to continue benefiting good business relations and profits with China and at the same time while enjoying pax Americana. A lot of our leaders were in denial for a long time. But hey, you cannot blame them for they want the benefits of 2 antithetical forces.
     
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    My post was in reply to Ray's post above. Please read. Crimea has always been Russia's Black Sea Fleet home. So there's nothing new in Russia deploying military forces there.
     
  10. Ray

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    Stationing the Black Sea Fleet in no way indicates that the area belonged to Russia.

    Annexing Crimea means now it belongs to Russia, as per Russian contention.

    US Fifth Fleet is garrisoned in Bahrain.

    Does it mean Bahrain is a part of the US?
     
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