Russian warships heading for Australia as Putin prepares to attend Bri

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    Russian warships heading for Australia as Putin prepares to attend Brisbane G20 summit

    The Australian defence ministry is tracking a fleet of Russia warships sailing in international waters near its coast.

    It is believed the vessels, currently in the Coral Sea near Papua New Guinea, could be heading to Brisbane for next week’s G20 summit, which Vladimir Putin will attend.

    Australian P3 Orion surveillance planes have been deployed to monitor the ships, along with a naval frigate, the HMAS Stuart.

    Russia’s Pacific flagship, the Varyag, is leading the contingent south, accompanied by destroyer Marshal Shaposhnikov and one of the world’s most powerful tugs, the Fotiy Krylov.

    A supply tanker called Boris Butoma is accompanying them towards Australia’s east coast.

    A spokesperson for the Australian Defence Force told Sky News that Russian ships have been sent to international events before, including the 2009 Asia-Pacific Economic Co-operation (Apec) summit in Singapore and the former President Dmitry Medvedev’s visit to San Francisco in 2010.

    He added: “The movement of these vessels is entirely consistent with provisions under international law for military vessels to exercise freedom of navigation in international waters.

    “Defence regularly undertakes maritime surveillance patrols in the approaches to Australia.”

    Defence sources told The Australian that the move was aimed at showing an “aura of power” around Putin at the G20 summit and distracted from agenda items at the conference of world leaders.

    The ships are expected to stay in international waters as part of what is known as a “high seas transit” for the leader, which is permitted under international law.

    Russian warship Marshal Shaposhnikov during exercises in the Indian Ocean. Russian warship Marshal Shaposhnikov is heading towards Australia A report by a London based think-tank earlier this week chronicled a “highly disturbing” catalogue of Russian military encounters with Nato and allies over the last eight months.

    The European Leadership Network (ELN) said Russia is risking military escalation across Europe with Cold War-style military “brinkmanship”, following 39 “near-misses” involving its planes and ships where military confrontation or the loss of life was narrowly avoided.

    Researchers said the upsurge in activity suggested the Russian armed forces were under orders to be more aggressive towards Nato and its allies, possibly to test the military response and serve “propaganda-related and political aims” to intimidate other nations.

    The approach of the Russian ships comes after the Australian Prime Minister, Tony Abbott, met with Putin at the Apec summit in Beijing.

    He had vowed to “shirtfront” the Russian president over allegations that Russia had armed separatist rebels who allegedly shot down Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 over Ukraine.

    Children were among the 38 Australian citizens killed in the disaster, along with the rest of the 298 passengers and crew on board.

    But Putin’s press secretary said the meeting with Abbott on Tuesday went “without harsh phrasing” and the leaders agreed to support a “genuine investigation into the causes of the catastrophe”.

    Russian warships heading for Australia as Putin prepares to attend Brisbane G20 summit - Australasia - World - The Independent
     
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    Interesting. Some gunboat diplomacy from Russia!
     
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    Re: Russian warships heading for Australia as Putin prepares to attend

    They still in international waters though. And this is not the first time as per Australia. They just want to flex some muscles as China did with India during Xi's visit.
     
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    Re: Russian warships heading for Australia as Putin prepares to attend

    The G20 Summit is promising to be explosive:

    :pop:
     
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    Re: Russian warships heading for Australia as Putin prepares to attend

    [​IMG]
    Newspaper front page calls on Mr Putin to apologise for the downing of flight MH17 - 14 November
    Many Australians accuse Mr Putin of being behind the downing of flight MH17

    Source: BBC News - G20 summit: Russia sanctions 'undermine trade' - Putin

    Sorry, Aussies, this is not a game of cricket. You guys are barking up the wrong tree. If you want to hear "sorry," you gotta find the one responsible for shooting down MH17.
     
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    Re: Russian warships heading for Australia as Putin prepares to attend

    No love lost there between the Australians and Russians.
     
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    Re: Russian warships heading for Australia as Putin prepares to attend

    Interesting tidbit, the Russian flotilla off Australia includes an ocean going tug boat... in case one of the cruiser and destroyer conks up (as usual)?

    'Show of force' as Australia tracks Russian ships | Daily Mail Online

    Welcome Australians to Putin's Comedy Show! :rofl:
     
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    Re: Russian warships heading for Australia as Putin prepares to attend

    This is the tugboat insurance of the Russian flotilla, Fotiy Krylov:

    [​IMG]
     
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    That's good. Was worried they were going to run out of coal. It's a long row back to Vladivostok
     
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    Re: Russian warships heading for Australia as Putin prepares to attend

    From links it is said that Russia's TASS news agency reported late last month that the battle group, led by a Slava-class cruiser that is capable of carrying nuclear-tipped cruise missiles, left from Vladivostok on October 23.

    The fleet is made up of the "Varyag" cruiser, a destroyer named "Marshal Shaposhnikov", a salvage and rescue tug and a replenishment oiler.

    The reality of tug boats under the protection of a fleet has many reasons.

    It is well known that tug boats could be there to assist the submarines to do a lift on the undersea cables in the region so that eavesdropping devices and hydrophones can be installed. That is not a new happening at all.

    The tug Foty Krylov is said to be one of the world’s most powerful tug boats.

    Maybe that is why such a huge surveillance is on to check if there are submarines too or some activities that are not in Australia's interest,

    One should not take the Russian move as something of a joke.

    There must be some method to what appears madness and one should sit up and take note and analyse.
     
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    It could be, but the more logical explanation for the thug is that it's an insurance against breakdown in any of the ships of the flotilla since they are too far away from their base... Here's an article on the role of the Fotiy Krylov in the Russian Pacific Fleet that is sure to rile up emotions among Russophiles:

    So you think the Fotiy Krylov was also repairing undersea cable in San Francisco when it accompanied the Varyag there?
     
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    Re: Russian warships heading for Australia as Putin prepares to attend

    Lao Tsu had said -"There is no greater danger than underestimating your opponent.”

    When China was lulled the world by selling the idea that was in a 'Peaceful Rise' phase the US slept and even assisted with technology for dollars.

    And now the US regrets it since China is about to breast the tape ahead of the US.

    Laugh as you might, but he laughs best who laughs last.

    I would not take Russia or China's activities lightly, given their forays into changing the world scenario.

    Let me assist you to improve your vision of undersea cables around the world.

    [​IMG]

    I hope you have now got it, whether there are undersea cables off California.

    Further, adversary's tugs don't 'repair', they 'intercept'.
     
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    The role of Russian Navy's ocean going tugs are widely discussed in military forums. They always accompany Navy ships whenever they are deployed far from their bases. Of course you are familiar with Admiral Kuznetsov Aircraft Carrier and its accompanying tug?

    Anyway, what is laughable here is the penchant for antics on Putin's part. It's like he has a compulsive behavior to be seen by everybody as macho. He goes to Australia and he must be the most macho there. I say what a waste of Russian tax payer money (not that I care). The most hilarious part there is the fact that Putin's bluster (Russian Pacific Fleet) can only sail close to Australia if they are accompanied by a tug boat...
     
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    Yeah, because Russia is Australia's opponent :wacko:

    Russia, the legitimate "World power" with "competent" military and intelligence capabilities.
     
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    As always, this tugboat is built in Finland. Without us Russia is going nowhere. I hope they at least have clean and new uniforms when they go on shore.
     
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    Re: Russian warships heading for Australia as Putin prepares to attend

    And what are the conclusions of the wide discussion in military forums?

    Heard about the innocuous 'trawlers' in the Cold War days?

    They were initially taken to be merely rusty trawlers and then...........................................!!!!!!!!!

    Rusting tubs, but a powerful weapon nonetheless.

    Yesterday's trawlers could be today's tug - both apparently looking like jokes!
     
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    I don't think they go ashore that much on foreign voyages. According to observers Russian tug boat crews don't go ashore much on foreign voyages as they are hidden from public view. They are the part of the Russian Navy (most important) that the Russians do not want the World to see...
     
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    Indeed.

    Russia is no friend of the US and its vassals and surrogates.

    Russia is no superpower these days, but it wants to give the impression that it is.
     
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    It is not a matter of "could" anymore, these fleet tug boats are well known to accompany Russian Navy ships on long voyages as insurance against mechanical troubles on its warships.
     

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