Start of surprise military exercises at Siberia’s Irkutsk missile formation was announced by Russian Strategic Missile Forces’ command on Tuesday. Missiles will be test-launched during the surprise drills, spokesman of Strategic Missile Forces Colonel Igor Yegorov told reporters.
Moscow is awaiting NATO's explanations of its plans for additional permanent deployment of NATO forces close to the Russian borders. "We will be watching closely the implementation of plans announced by NATO for the continuous, sustained military presence of the Alliance near Russian borders," Russian Foreign Ministry spokesman Alexander Lukashevich said on Wednesday.
Troops and forces, which participated in drills in Russia's Kaliningrad region, have returned to permanent deployment sites and started scheduled training, the Western Military District press office said on Tuesday, Interfax reports.
The Russian Air Force has stared large-scale airlifting of personnel and materiel in a combat readiness check for troops in the Central Military District, the Defense Ministry press service report. The combat readiness test will last from June 21 to 28. The task set by the president is to assess the military's ability to perform their duties within existing time standards over the first 24 hours, Russian Defense Minister Shoigu said.
Russia notified OSCE about a surprise check of the combat capability of its troops, the Russian Defense Ministry says.
Russian President and Supreme Commander-in-Chief Vladimir Putin has ordered a comprehensive surprise combat readiness test of the entire personnel of the Central Military District, Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu announced at a conference at the Defense Ministry on Saturday. "In line with [Putin's] orders, the Central Military District's troops and also units and garrisons deployed on its territory have been put on full combat alert since 11:00 am today," he said.
Over 65,000 military servicemen and about 5,500 items of weapons and military hardware will be involved in an ongoing comprehensive surprise combat readiness test of the Russian Central Military District forces, says Valery Gerasimov, the chief of staff of the Russian armed forces. "Over 65,000 troops, about 5,500 weapon units and vehicles, over 180 planes, and about 60 helicopters will be involved in the test," Gerasimov said at a conference with the Russian Defense Ministry command staff on Saturday.
Due to enhanced activities of NATO near Russia's western borders and the events in Ukraine, it has been decided to hold a prompt reorganization of the Russian Armed Forces in order to increase troop mobility in this and other strategic directions, Russian State Duma defense committee head Admiral Vladimir Komoyedov told Interfax-AVN on Tuesday.
NATO was and is a leading military organization in the European-Atlantic region - that is why, while developing cooperation with it in spheres of common interest, Russia paid special attention to ensuring appropriate defense levels amid any scenarios, Russia's Permanent Representative to NATO Alexander Grushko told Interfax.
Russia's State Duma passed a bill tightening liability for "telephone terrorism" - intentional false reports about terrorist attacks, on Friday in the second and third readings. A fine of up to one million rubles or the sum equal to the salary or other income of the convict for 18 months to three years is introduced for such a report. The possibility of imprisonment of up to five years is also possible.
The Daryal early warning radar, based near the town of Pechora in the Komi Republic, will undergo in-depth modernization without being taken off duty before 2016, Aerospace Defense Forces spokesman Col. Alexei Zolotukhin said.
Russia is deploying a network of next-generation prefabricated modular radar stations, Aerospace Defense Forces spokesman Col. Alexei Zolotukhin said.
The Russian deputy prime minister in charge of defense said 'overt threats' by the United States and NATO demonstrate the necessity of equipping the Russian army with modern weapons.
The problem of drug trafficking from Afghanistan has become a full-fledged threat to the national security of Russia. This issue was discussed at the retreat session of the State Anti-Drug Committee under the chairmanship of the Russian Federal Drug Control Service Viktor Ivanov, which was held on September 13 in the Chelyabinsk region.
Belsan in the Russian region of North Ossetia continues to hold events to mark 9 years since the school seizure by terrorists that claimed the lives of 334 people including 186 children.
The United States will lose access to a vital military logistics hub in Central Asia in 2014 following the Kyrgyz president's decision Wednesday to cancel a lease agreement for a military base.
Russia will launch Voronezh-type missile warning radar in its regions of Irkutsk and Kaliningrad next year, the Aerospace Defense Forces commander said after a station fitted with radar of the same design was put in service in Armavir on Thursday.
In the exclusive interview with the Voice of Russia Yuri Solomonov, the designer of the legendary Topoland Bulava ballistic missiles, Director of the Moscow Institute of Thermal Technology, and Senior Member of the Russian Academy of Sciences, comments on such contradictory and sensitive issues as the Ballistic Missile Defenses in Europe, Russia’s concerns, a security system for one and all, the US interests in Europe and the creation of mechanisms of confidence.
President Vladimir Putin has instructed the Russian Security Council to rapidly draft proposals on tighter security on the country's southern borders in the context of possible exacerbation in Afghanistan.
President Vladimir Putin has discussed the financial crisis in Cyprus with members of his National Security Council including Prime Minister Medvedev, Foreign Minister Lavrov, Defence Minister Shoigu, FSB chief Alexander Bortnikov and the Speakers of both Houses of Parliament.