Sending Tu-22M3 in Crimea is Russia’s response to deployment of missile defense in Romania

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Russia’s air force is stationing a squadron of long-range, supersonic bombers to Crimea with the option of eventually sending an entire regiment to the peninsula in response to Eastern European NATO allies’ reinforcement plans, according to Russian independent news agency Interfax.
Poland and Romania have agreed to host U.S.-missiles on their territory as part of a missile shield designed to protect NATO allies from potential attacks. Last month a representative of Russia’s Security Council, the state defence advisory body, issued an implicit threat to the two countries saying they had turned themselves into “targets” for Russia’s military.
Russia has previously threatened to redeploy more servicemen, tanks and artillery to its western borders, if the U.S. decides to store more military vehicles in Poland and the Baltic countries.

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Moscow May Deploy Nuclear Arms Anywhere in Russia, Including Crimea

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Director of the Department for Non-Proliferation and Arms control at the Russian Foreign Ministry said that Russia retains its right to deploy if necessary nuclear weapons anywhere on its territory.

MOSCOW (Sputnik) – Russia retains its right to deploy if necessary nuclear weapons anywhere on its territory, including on the Crimean Peninsula, Director of the Department for Non-Proliferation and Arms control at the Russian Foreign Ministry Mikhail Ulyanov said Monday.

“Russia obviously retains the right if needed to deploy its nuclear weapons anywhere on its national territory, including on the Crimean Peninsula,” Ulyanov said in an interview with RIA Novosti in regard to Ukrainian Foreign Minister Pavlo Klimkin’s statement during a NATO ministerial meeting in mid-May in Antalya, Turkey.

Earlier the Russian Defense Ministry announced plans that during snap combat readiness exercises it would redeploy 10 Tu-22M3 (Flanker) long-range aircraft capable of delivering nuclear weapons; however, there was no mention of arming them with nuclear warheads. The United States expressed its concern of the possible deployment of nuclear arms in Crimea.

According to Klimkin, “the deployment of nuclear weapons in Crimea would be the most serious breach in Russia’s international commitments” in numerous agreements, including the non-proliferation of nuclear weapons.

“Any activity or even signals from Russia on the mere possibility of deploying nuclear weapons in Crimea will be considered the gravest breach in all international norms. In this case, the international community will need to react most decisively,” Klimkin said.

Russia’s Ulyanov said the same statement was made by Klimkin during another conference on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Arms.

“How is it that [Klimkin], in seeing Crimea as part of Ukrainian territory, even suggest that the deployment of Russian nuclear arms there would damage the non-nuclear status of Ukraine? The idea is quite interesting in that it can be understood as an indirect attack on the United States, as well as on Belgium, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, and Turkey, where US nuclear weapons are already deployed. Following the Ukrainian minister’s logic, this is a direct breach of non-nuclear status of these European nations. I won’t argue, but I will say that the situation in Crimea is of course different,” Ulyanov said.

The Crimean Peninsula was reunited with Russia after a referendum on March 16, 2014.
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Russian strategic bombers to be redeployed to Crimea amid snap check — source

 

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Russian officials have recently sharply criticised EU foreign ministers’ statements on military build-up in Crimea

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MOSCOW, March 17. /TASS/. Strategic missile carriers Tupolev TU-22M3 will be transferred to Crimea within the snap check that began on Monday, a source in the Russian Defense Ministry told TASS on Tuesday.

“Strategic missile carriers TU-22MS will be transferred to Crimea in the course of a surprise combat readiness inspection”, the source said.

In addition to that, jet fighters and bombers will be relocated to the Kaliningrad region. “Ground troops in the Baltic region will be boosted by the Iskander missile systems of the western military region. They will be delivered by big assault landing ships of the Baltic Fleet,” the source added.

To strengthen the borders in the Arctic Region two reinforced regiments and special task units of Russian airborne troops will be transferred there as part of the inspection, the Russian Defense Ministry said.

EU foreign ministers have recently expressed concern over military build-up in Crimea. Russian officials reacted with criticism saying Moscow can decide on military presence in Crimea as it’s Russian territory.

Russian President Vladimir Putin  in an interview with the authors of a documentary about Crimea said Coastal antimissile systems Bastion were deployed to protect Crimea. Besides, the head of the Foreign Ministry’s non-proliferation department last week said Russia can deploy nuclear weapons in Crimea.

Order of application of space infrastructure in Crimea appointed

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The Ministry of Defense of Russia and the Russian space Agency has determined the procedure for the joint use of facilities of military space infrastructure in the Crimea, told reporters in Evpatoria Commander of troops aerospace defense (VKO), Russia Alexander Golovko.

The ceremony of the battle flag 40th separate command-measuring complex forces air space defense took place at noon on the first day of the weekend at the Theater square Evpatoria in the presence of the commander of aerospace defense (VKO), Russia Alexander Golovko, head of the Republic of Crimea Sergey Aksenov and several thousand citizens.

The part, which was awarded the military flag, was created at the base of the center for deep space communications was established in the USSR, which includes a unique swing-RT-70 radio telescope with the mirror diameter of 70 meters.

“Today we Roscomos Assigned to the shared application object, which develop on one or the other space program,” said Golovko.

Crimea to Adopt NITKA Training Simulator This Month

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The NITKA carrier-based aircraft training simulator will enter service with the Russian Navy in Crimea in late February. According to Naval Aviation Chief of the Russian Navy, Major General Igor Kozhin, the flights on a similar range will begin in Yeisk by the end of this year. The new automatic landing system will be developed for the pilots of the Russian Navy’s Naval Aviation.

“We are currently developing a landing system that will ensure a landing point accuracy of about a meter. This system is being developed, and I am absolutely sure that it will be introduced in the future,” Mr. Kozhin pointed out.

The system will provide a fully automatic landing approach that will make it possible to eliminate many problems associated with a landing under adverse weather conditions.

Russian Military in Crimea Receives S-300PMU Surface-to-Air Missile Systems

S-300 air defense system

The S300-PMU Favorit systems arrived in Crimea in November to protect the peninsula’s airspace.

MOSCOW, December 3 (Sputnik) – Russian military forces in Crimea have received new S-300PMU surface-to-air missile systems to protect the peninsula’s airspace, a Black Sea military source told RIA Novosti on Wednesday.

“With the appearance of the S-300PMU complexes, it can be said with confidence that a full-fledged missile shield has been created on the peninsula that is capable of providing for the security of the Black Sea Fleet [from threats] from the air,” the source said.

The S300-PMU Favorit systems, which the US Department of Defense has designated as an SA-10f with NATO’s reporting name as Grumble, arrived in Crimea in November. Their numbers and areas of deployment have not been disclosed.

The missile system has a maximum range of 200 kilometers (124 miles) and utilizes the Big Bird surveillance radar. The family of S-300 missile complexes is considered to be one of the best anti-aircraft missile systems in the world.

Russia’s Black Sea Fleet to Develop Bases in Crimea in 2015

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Russia’s Black Sea fleet will receive new ships, submarines and auxiliary vessels in Crimea, according to the fleet’s press service.

 

MOSCOW, December 1 (Sputnik) — Russia’s Black Sea Fleet is planning to focus on the combat training of its new units, reconstructing ranges and building infrastructure in Crimea, the fleet’s press service said Monday.”The main efforts will be focused on the organization of combat training of newly formed units, reconstruction of ranges, construction of infrastructure of military camps in Crimea and along the coast of Caucasus and preparing for the reception of new ships, submarines and auxiliary vessels by the fleet,” the statement said.

Earlier in October, Navy commander-in-chief Adm. Viktor Chirkov said that by the end of 2014, the Black Sea Fleet would commission an Admiral Grigorovich-class frigate and two Varshavyanka-class diesel electric submarines. Overall, six frigates and six submarines are expected to be commissioned by 2018

 

The Black Sea Fleet, which came into the organizational structure of the Southern Military District (SMD) in 2010, has diesel-powered submarines, surface ships, sea-based missile-carrying aviation as well as anti-submarine warfare aviation, fighters and coastal troops at its disposal. It operates in the Black and Mediterranean seas and is stationed in the city of Sevastopol.On March 16, Crimean citizens held a referendum in which more than 96 percent of voters backed the motion to secede from Ukraine and join Russia.

On March 21, Crimea and Sevastopol, which has a special status within the region, became subjects of the Russian Federation after the Russian president signed reunification documents into law.