Putin agrees with emperor that Russia’s only allies are Army and Navy

There are many countries and leaders in the world who support Russia’s efforts in the struggle with international terrorism, organized crime, xenophobia, and other modern challenges
Russian Navy Day parade

Russian Navy Day parade

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MOSCOW, April 16. /TASS/. Russian President Vladimir Putin has said he quite agrees with a phrase once coined by Russian Emperor Alexander III to the effect “everybody is scared by Russia’s vastness” and that the country has just two allies – the army and the navy.

“I would like to remind you Alexander III, our emperor, once said that Russia has just two allies, the armed forces and the navy. In a message addressed to his son he warned that everybody feels scared at the vastness of Russia. Incidentally, there is a certain reason behind that,” Putin said during the Direct Line question-and-answer session televised live on Thursday.

At the moment there are many countries and leaders in the world who support Russia’s efforts in the struggle with international terrorism, organized crime, xenophobia, and other modern challenges, he said.

“We have very good relations within the framework of various associations, for instance, BRICS. There is the Shanghai Cooperation Organization. These are not military organizations, but they are our allies, which whom we have been cooperating very tightly and advancing relations,” Putin said.

As a military-political alliance he mentioned the Collective Security Treaty Organization. Russia maintains very close relations of alliance with its member-states.

“I proceed from the assumption that we are not going to have a war with anybody. We will certainly be strengthening our defence precisely for the sake of ensuring nobody develops the wish to be at war with Russia,” Putin said.

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Russia exported over $15 billion worth of armaments to over 60 countries in 2014 — Putin

Russia exported over $15 billion worth of armaments to over 60 countries in 2014 — Putin

January 28 - Russia exported more than $15 billion worth of military products to more than 60 foreign countries in 2014. New contracts worth almost $14 billion were signed as well, Russian President Vladimir Putin told a meeting of the Commission for Military and Technological Cooperation with foreign countries on Tuesday.
The president noted that Russia is a reliable and predictable partner on the global armaments market and it does not link fulfillment of its commitments to the current political situation.
According to Vladimir Putin, Russia will be expanding its presence on the markets of arms sales in Asia, Africa and Latin America.
"Today’s new challenges and threats force many countries to change their military doctrines, upgrade their national armed forces," Putin said at a session of the commission on the military and technical cooperation with foreign countries.
"Russia will be expanding its presence on such perspective markets as the Asian and Pacific region, the African continent, Latin America and the Caribbean Basin," Putin said.

January 28 – Russia exported more than $15 billion worth of military products to more than 60 foreign countries in 2014. New contracts worth almost $14 billion were signed as well, Russian President Vladimir Putin told a meeting of the Commission for Military and Technological Cooperation with foreign countries on Tuesday.
The president noted that Russia is a reliable and predictable partner on the global armaments market and it does not link fulfillment of its commitments to the current political situation.
According to Vladimir Putin, Russia will be expanding its presence on the markets of arms sales in Asia, Africa and Latin America.
“Today’s new challenges and threats force many countries to change their military doctrines, upgrade their national armed forces,” Putin said at a session of the commission on the military and technical cooperation with foreign countries.
“Russia will be expanding its presence on such perspective markets as the Asian and Pacific region, the African continent, Latin America and the Caribbean Basin,” Putin said.

 

Russia sets closer ties with China as overriding priority — defense minister

It becomes particularly important to strengthen reliable good-neighbourly relations between the countries amid highly volatile world situation, says Russian Defense Minister Sergey Shoigu

Russian Defense Minister Sergey Shoigu

Russian Defense Minister Sergey Shoigu

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BEIJING, November 18. /TASS/. Strengthening and expanding ties with China remains Russia’s overriding priority, Russian Defense Minister Sergey Shoigu said on Tuesday.“Amid a highly volatile world situation, it becomes particularly important to strengthen reliable good-neighbourly relations between our countries,” Shoigu said at talks with his Chinese counterpart General Chang Wanquan.

“This is not only an important factor for security of states but also a contribution to peace and stability on the Eurasian continent and beyond,” he said, adding that “regular private meetings between the leaders of Russia and China give a powerful impetus to development of bilateral partnership”.

The minister noted that next year marks the 70th anniversary of the Allied victory in WWII. “The peoples of our countries took heavy casualties in it,” Shoigu said. “Russia’s and China’s solidarity is of principal importance amid attempts to falsify history and glorify fascism.”

Russia and China also started to regularly hold joint naval and anti-terrorism drills, the minister said, adding that the countries’ military forces “showed a high level of cooperation” during an operation to escort vessels carrying Syria’s chemical weapons. Much work was also done during this year’s joint Naval Interaction exercises in the East China Sea, he said.

Shoigu stressed that the two countries maintain high level of military and technical cooperation, noting that issues of that cooperation were “under constant review by our heads of state”.

Russia, Egypt Agree to Boost Military Cooperation – Putin

Russia and Egypt have agreed to expand military cooperation, Vladimir Putin announced.

19:10 12/08/2014 
 

SOCHI, August 12 (RIA Novosti) – Russia and Egypt have agreed to expand military cooperation, Russian President Vladimir Putin said Tuesday after talks with his Egyptian counterpart Abdel Fattah el-Sisi.

“We actively develop our military cooperation. We signed a protocol on the issue in March. We sell our weaponry to Egypt. We agreed to expand this cooperation,” the Russian leader said.

Moscow and Cairo discussed the deliveries of high-tech Russian military products, including 24 Mikoyan MiG-29 fighter jets, as well as its Kornet anti-tank missile systems, and Kamov Ka-25, Mil Mi-28 and Mi-25 attack helicopters.

The Egyptian president arrived in Russia Tuesday, on his first official visit since he was elected in May 2014. The two leaders planned to discuss the implementation of joint economic projects, including the possible creation of a free-trade zone between Egypt and countries of the Customs Union, and the settlement of the conflict in the Gaza Strip. In February, when he was still Egypt’s defense minister, Sisi met with Putin in Moscow.

The United States, the European Union and their allies introduced several rounds of targeted sanctions against Russian companies and individuals after Crimea’s reunification with Russia in March, and followed up with sectoral sanctions targeting Russia’s defense, energy and banking sectors in July. In response, Russia started looking for alternative markets for its products, including in Asia and the Middle East.

Putin Says Russia’s Defense Industry Absolutely Self-Sufficient, Safe From Political Risk

BTR-82 wheeled amphibious combat vehicles in one of the shops of the Arzamas Machine Building Plant.

16:21 28/07/2014 

NOVO-OGARYOVO, July 28 (RIA Novosti) – Russia’s defense industry is capable of producing all parts and military hardware on its own, Russian President Vladimir Putin said Monday.

“Some things are evident for all of us. First of all, we are absolutely capable of doing everything on our own. Absolutely everything,” Putin said at a meeting devoted to import substitution.

“Our task is to insure ourselves against risks of non-compliance with contracts by our foreign partners,” the president added. “We need to ensure reliable and timely supply of required components and monitor their quality closely.”

Putin said that although he saw no particular risks for the Russian defense industry, “all difficulties should benefit us, because we should launch our own production where it did not exist before.”

Against the backdrop of Kiev’s ongoing special operation in eastern Ukraine, the country’s recently elected president, Petro Poroshenko, banned cooperation with Russia in the military-industrial sphere.

Responding to the initiative, Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin stated that Russia already has a plan for import substitution of military products from Ukraine and that it will take about two-and-a-half years to completely withdraw from Ukrainian defense imports.

In April, President Putin noted that Russia’s switch to domestic products would likely lead to disaster for Kiev, because Moscow is the only consumer for the Ukrainian defense industry.

After the crash of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 in eastern Ukraine, the United States and the European Union have been seeking to toughen sanctions against Russia, including in the defense industry. The prospect if initiating an embargo against the Russian defense industry has also been raised.

Russian defense ministry officials said the situation would have no effect on Russia’s ambitious 20 trillion ruble ($640 billion) rearmament program through 2020. The program is to see the share of modern weaponry in Russia’s armed forces reach 30 percent by 2015 and 70 percent by 2020.

Venezuela to Buy Russian, Chinese Weaponry – Leader

Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro

06:38 25/07/2014

MEXICO CITY, July 25 (RIA Novosti) – Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro has announced plans to buy new batches of weapons made in Russia and China to increase the country’s military might.

“I spoke with Russian President Vladimir Putin and Chinese President Xi Jinping, and very soon commissions are to start work to include [to purchase plan] cutting-edge weaponry to reinforce the military and technical equipment and weapons systems of this country,” Maduro was quoted by Noticias24 as saying.

Director General of the Centre for Analysis of World Arms Trade Igor Korotchenko told RIA Novosti earlier that in the period of 2012 to 2015 Venezuela is expected to become the second-largest importer of Russian weapons, with sales reaching up to $3.2 billion.

In 2005-2009, Russian state arms exporter Rosoboronexport signed over 30 contracts with Venezuela on weapons supplies.

Venezuela received Russian air defense systems (Antey-2500, Pechora-2M, Buk and Igla) as well as T-72M tanks, Grad and Smerch multiple rocket launcher systems, armored vehicles and artillery.

Russia Sells $5.6Bln in Arms in First Half of 2014 – Putin

Vladimir Putin chairs meeting of Military Cooperation Commission

14:07 07/07/2014
 
 

MOSCOW, July 7 (RIA Novosti) – Russian weapons and military hardware sales to foreign countries were $5.6 billion in the first half of 2014, Russian President Vladimir Putin said Monday.

“In the first six months of the current year, the amount of Russian weapons deliveries abroad stood at $5.6 billion – a very impressive and substantial figure,” the president said at a meeting of the Commission for Military Technical Cooperation with Foreign Countries.

The portfolio of foreign orders, which was $35 billion at the beginning of this year, has grown to almost $50 billion, Putin said.

“Today, it is important to ensure the progressive development of the entire system of military cooperation, … to enhance Russia’s presence on the global arms market, which should help domestic defense companies expand and upgrade production and create new high-quality jobs,” the Russian president added.

Last year, Russia exported $15.7 billion in weaponry, up $2.5 billion from 2011, with plans to increase annual arms sales to $50 billion by 2020 in a race for the top position.

Russian shipments accounted for 27 percent of global arms exports last year, just behind the United States at 29 percent, according to a report by the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute.

Among the major importers of Russian weapons and military equipment are India, China, Vietnam, Indonesia, Venezuela, Algeria and Malaysia.