Russia expects US to support efforts against ‘chemical terrorism’ — diplomat

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GENEVA, February 21. /TASS/. Moscow expects Washington to show flexibility in combating chemical and biological terrorism, Russian envoy to the UN Office in Geneva Alexei Borodavkin told TASS on Tuesday.

When commenting on Russia taking over the chairmanship of the Conference on Disarmament, he said that the work on a Convention for combating chemical and biological terrorism could revitalize the Conference on Disarmament.”

“Unfortunately, some countries, first and foremost, the United States, did not support us in this matter.”

According to Borodavkin, the Convention is aimed at cutting off a channel for spreading weapons of mass destruction that have already begun to fall into the hands of non-governmental agencies and terrorists, which is far more dangerous,” he added.

“Another goal is the war on terror which is the utmost foreign policy priority not only for Russia but also for the United States and other countries,” he said.

“Taking into consideration the fact that the new US administration has declared the war on terror as its major foreign policy priority, we hope that the US will show more flexibility and willingness to cooperate in this field,” the Russian envoy stressed.

The Russian diplomat went on to say that the IS (Islamic State, outlawed in Russia) had gained an opportunity not only to use but also to produce chemical weapons on an industrial scale.

“The question of drawing up such convention and facilitate the fight against international terrorists to prevent them from using biological and chemical weapons has become more pressing,” the Russian envoy said. “Our proposal is still on the table, we plane to advance it as the Conference Chair.”


Russian combat engineers complete mission in Syria’s Aleppo

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MOSCOW, February 20. /TASS/. Russian mine pickers have completed their mission in Syria’s Aleppo and its suburbs and are returning home to Russia, Russia’s Channel One said on Monday.

“Demining works will be continued by Syrian bomb technicians who have undergone special training. The Russian specialists will leave their state-of-the-art equipment for their Syrian colleagues,” the television channel said.

Local residents came to the airdrome to see off the Russian specialists.

According to Channel One, the Russian military have defused tens of thousands of explosive devices planted by retreating militants.

Officers of the Russian center for reconciliation of the warring parties in Syria will stay in Aleppo to help conduct humanitarian operations.


Defense minister warns ‘no animals in Western zoos able to boss the bear around’

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“As the old saying goes: all lions are cats, but not all cats are lions”, the Russian defense minister reminded

Russia's Defense Minister Sergey Shoigu

Russia’s Defense Minister Sergey Shoigu

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MOSCOW, February 21. /TASS/. Western zoos lack any animals able to tell Russia what to do, Defense Minister Sergey Shoigu said on Tuesday, taking a swipe at UK Defense Secretary Michael Fallon’s warning for Moscow to keep its “paws” out of Libya.

“If we continue the topic of animals … What have they got on their emblem, the lion? As the old saying goes: all lions are cats, but not all cats are lions. Let everyone tackle their own problems themselves. We don’t think their zoos have raised any animal that is able to boss the bear around,” Shoigu told students of the Moscow State Institute of International Relations at the opening of a youth forum.

Speaking at the Munich Security Conference last week, UK Defense Secretary Michael Fallon warned Russia not to interfere in Libya.

“Putin is testing the West, he’s testing the alliance,” he said. “We don’t need the bear sticking his paws in,” Fallon stressed.


Russia Considering Iraq’s Request for New Arms Amid Anti-Daesh Fight

An Iraqi airforce Mi-28 helicopter takes off in front of Mi-35 (R) and Mi-28 helicopters at the army base of Qaryat Jaddalat, south of the city of Mosul on November 25, 2016


Moscow is addressing the issue of new military equipment deliveries to Iraq’s armed forces.

ABU DHABI .    Russia is considering Iraq’s requests for new military equipment deliveries to its armed services, Federal Service for Military-Technical Cooperation (FSMTC) Deputy Director Alexei Frolkin said Tuesday.”Iraq’s requests in the interests of all national armed forces are under consideration,” Frolkin told reporters at the IDEX-2017 exhibition in the United Arab Emirates.

He noted that Russian-Iraqi military technical cooperation “is developing quite effectively.”

“Russia provides considerable support and assistance to Iraq in the fight against the Daesh terrorist organization banned in Russia,” Frolkin said.

Last summer, Russia supplied Iraq with a new batch of Mi-28NE “Night Hunter” military helicopters, designed to take part in operations against tanks, infantry combat vehicles and armored personnel carriers among other targets.

Military World Games in Sochi to Show Example of Fair Competition- MoD

Russia’s Deputy Defense Minister said that Winter Military World Games in Sochi will show Russian military’s readiness for cooperation and set an example of fair competition at the time when sport is highly politicized.


MOSCOW.  Winter Military World Games in Sochi will show Russian military’s readiness for cooperation and set an example of fair competition at the time when sport is highly politicized, Russia’s Deputy Defense Minister Nikolay Pankov said Monday.

“The example of fair fight and deserved victory is especially important for us now, when world-class sports is politicized,” Pankov told reporters.

The deputy minister added that the games were meant, among other goals, to promote and strengthen peace around the world and sport, in general, could be a valuable mechanism for the support of peace.

“This is Russia’s first time hosting this type of competition. It is a great opportunity for us to show the achievements of our military sport and to demonstrate our openness and readiness for work as well our Russian hospitality,” Pankov added.

The deputy minister said that about 1,000 people from 26 countries would participate in the games.

The event will take place in Sochi, in the southwest of Russia, on February 22-28. The program includes contests in biathlon, cross country skiing, ski mountaineering, alpine skiing, short track speed skating, rock-climbing and orienteering.

Russia to Supply T-90MS Tanks to a Middle East Country



Russia will supply T-90MS battle tanks to a country in the Middle East.

ABU DHABI (Sputnik) — Russia signed a major contract for the supply of T-90MS tanks to a country in the Middle East, Russian Industry and Trade Minister Denis Manturov said Monday.

“Over these two years, as expected, a number of tests have been carried out in several Middle East countries. In December, a major contract was signed with one of Middle East countries. There are plans to sign another contract soon,” Manturov said at the IDEX 2017 exhibition.

The T-90MS, also referred as Tagil, was first unveiled in 2011. It was proposed for the Russian Army and possible export markets, including India.

T-90MS tank is the modernized version of a T-90S main battle tank. The tank is operated by a crew of three. Its main armament includes a 125-mm cannon and a 7.62-mm antiaircraft machine gun.In November 2016, the Indian authorities approved a deal with Russia on the purchase of 464 T-90MS tanks. India is also manufacturing T-90S tanks under license, which has been extended by Moscow earlier in the month.

Russia, Turkey Negotiating Deal on S-400 Missile Systems Purchase

S-400 regiment enters on duty in Crimea


Russia and Turkey are currently negotiating a deal concerning purchases of S-400 Triumf missile systems, Rostec CEO Sergei Chemezov said Monday.

“The negotiations are underway, the question of financing is being discussed right now,” Chemezov said.

In service since 2007, the S-400 Triumf (NATO codename SA-21 Growler) is an anti-aircraft and anti-missile system capable of intercepting all types of modern air weaponry, including fifth-generation warplanes, as well as ballistic and cruise missiles at a maximum range of nearly 250 miles. The complex, comprising up to eight battalions, is reported to be capable of engaging up to 80 targets.

The mobile long-range surface-to-air missile system has been designed to intercept electronic warfare airplanes, as well as early-warning and surveillance aircraft amid aggressive electronic jamming, the defense analyst said.The S-400 is equipped with four types of missiles, including the very-long-range 40N6, which is said to have an operational range of 400 km (nearly 250 miles), the long-range 48N6 missiles (250 km), the medium-range 9M96E2 missiles (120 km) and the short-range 9M96E (40 km).