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    Reasons Why NATO 'Spared No Expense' on Its Promenade With Russia's Carrier

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    Commenting on the report of the commander of the Russian aircraft carrier Admiral Kuznetsov that the cruiser was followed by up to 60 NATO ships on its way to Syria and back, Radio Sputnik contributor Ilya Kharlamov provided his reasons why the alliance 'spared no expense' on its promenade with the Russian vessel.

    On Tuesday, Sergey Artamonov, the commander of the Russian aircraft carrier Admiral Kuznetsov, which has recently returned from Syria to its home port in the northern city of Severomorsk, revealed that the cruiser was followed by 50-60 NATO ships on its journey to Syria and back.

    "During the trip, we detected the presence of 50-60 NATO ships close to us. In some places, we were followed by 10-11 [NATO ships] simultaneously," Artamonov said in an interview with the Russian newspaper Argumenty i Fakty.

    British Navy and Air Force escort Russian warships Admiral Kuznetsov and Pyotr Veliky
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    British Navy and Air Force escort Russian warships Admiral Kuznetsov and Pyotr Veliky

    "The escort turned out to be hefty and expensive…for the taxpaying member states of the alliance," Radio Sputnik contributor Ilya Kharlamov noted in his article.

    "Moscow has repeatedly warned Brussels (the headquarters of the alliance) that the Russian naval group, which was led by the Admiral Kuznetsov and included the battle cruiser Pyotr Veliky, the guided missile destroyer Severomorsk and the anti-submarine destroyer Admiral Kulakov as well as support vessels, doesn’t need senseless 'escort services'. It will arrive at the deployment site and leave it when it deems necessary. They don't get humor in NATO headquarters and did things their own way. They simply have no sense of humor there," the article contintinues.

    The author hypothesizes that the military officials of the alliance may be split into two clans: those who benefit from the illusory notion of a "Russian threat", and those who consider it an article of faith and childishly believe in it.

    "Indeed, they spare no expense on tilting at windmills, in other words, fighting with their own shadows, phobias and hallucinations," the author says.

    However if we drop the irony, he says, we can see how pathetic the actions taken by Russia's Western partners are. "The loonies have nowhere to apply the forces they've saved over the years or even decades."

    Their numerous Middle Eastern and African forays have brought no use to mankind, including its "most enlightened" Western part, Kharlamov says. Their partial control over certain hydrocarbon deposits could not be called a global success.

    Filling countries bordering Russia with NATO servicemen and equipment is also a "double-edged weapon," he adds. On the one hand, it is a demonstration of force and stimulation of the so-called "patriotically-anti-Russian" upsurge. However on the other, it entails high expenses and the absolute pointlessness of NATO's tanks, aircraft and servicemen in the event of a large-scale conflict.

    "However large amounts of high-tech, extremely pricy but nonetheless highly breakable hardware require exercise, preferably in a way which will allow some showing off," the author says.

    "Any military block needs dynamics and development; otherwise its mere existence comes into question. In the absence of natural conditions, such dynamics could be caused artificially. And the mission of the Russian naval group to Syria's shores provides a very fitting occasion," he explains.

    Kharlamov also commented on earlier mainstream media reports that the Admiral Kuznetsov had been "billowing clouds of black smoke" and Artamonov remarks on the issue.

    The aircraft carrier's fume is not an indication of any malfunctioning, the commander of the Admiral Kuznetsov explained.  NATO ships in fact also "billow clouds of smoke", albeit probably not as high as the Russian cruiser; it has the highest smoke pipe. The only vessels which do not exhaust fume are those with nuclear power generating facilities, however Admiral Kuznetsov isn't that type, he said.

    "It turns out that NATO ships also billowing clouds of black smoke," Kharlamov writes.

    "Moreover, despite billions and billions spent on their development and production, they behave very unreliably, breaking down and leaking water into the engine decks," he adds.

    He also recalls the words of some British senior military veterans who compared the Royal Navy's new destroyers with a “box of spanners.”

    "However, NATO destroyers, corvettes and frigates look ultramodern and at times alien. Apparently in order to visually terrify their enemies in the event when their strike systems fail," Kharlamov notes.

    "Meanwhile, the "ageing" Russian vessel has completed its mission by successfully redeploying into another part of the globe and returning to its home port. Not everything is gold that glitters," he concluded.

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    • avatar
      ivanwa88
      The saying and one of my favorites is "Not everything that glitters is Gold" you can sugar coat shite but its still shite.
    • sapper
      NATO just trying their boats out just to see if they float and the engines work!!!
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      armor
      Never allow a Nato country (or EU for that matter) tell you that times are hard, there is a shortage of money, there is a slight recession, the reserves are down, costs must be cut, savings made, etc.....They have plenty money, in fact too much, and it appears inexhaustible, they are all right, money is no problem for them. Well, I say, enjoy it, SPEND it as fast as you can, enjoy life, enjoy luxuries, easy going , relax. See you on top of the hill.
    • AnomicDust
      NATO spent more on the escort than Russia liberating Aleppo from pro-NATO terrorists.
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      Conan_Moronin reply toivanwa88(Show commentHide comment)
      ivanwa88, or no matter how hard you polish a turd it is still a turd!
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      anne00mariein reply tosapper(Show commentHide comment)
      sapper, Hahaha, so true. As the US and UK know. I do not think either of us has anything working, without problems, in the 21st century. Not a good look for the Western Defence Industry.
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      Mishka Kyiv
      Well, the scrap merchants will not pay much for that rust bucket!
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      ivanwa88in reply toanne00marie(Show commentHide comment)
      Mishka which province in Ukraine do you live?
    • Pollewetzer
      The escort Services of the NATO-Ships didnt effect any supplementary costs since they were there anyway. The only advantage was that this time NATO could make an exercise under much more real-conditions in peace! How this would be in case of war is not revealable...
    • sapperin reply toanne00marie(Show commentHide comment)
      anne00marie, The defence industry only wants the money. The kit doesn't need to work is my take on it. The only way US and NATO will is because the Russians will too busy laughing to do any fighting!!! As for procurement I suggest watching The Pentagon Wars on youtube and see how US does it.
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