Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev says the current level of rearmament of Russia’s military is similar to the Soviet Union’s rearmament toward the end of World War II.
Medvedev was speaking to a group of veterans ahead of May 9 Victory Day celebrations marking the end of the war in Europe.
Medvedev said some 75 percent of weapons currently used would be replaced with modern weapons before 2020.Sponsored Ads
Medvedev said the process is already well under way.
“I think [the rearmament campaign] is only comparable to what we had during [World War II] and after the war,” he said.
All branches of Russia’s military have received new weapons.
The first new-generation Su-34 bombers were deployed to the Russian Air Force on May 6.
Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev slammed as “unacceptable” the recognition and support by France and other states of the Syrian opposition battling the regime of President Bashar al-Assad.
Britain and France have joined Turkey and Arabian Peninsula states in recognising a newly formed opposition bloc as the sole representative of the Syrian people. Paris has also suggested arming the opposition fighters.
“From the point of view of international law, this is absolutely unacceptable,” Medvedev said in the interview at his suburban Gorki residence.
This is otherwise known as western interference in Syria. This crosses a red line drawn by Moscow. Russian leaders issued implied nuclear threats over crossing this line. Now it’s been crossed, and now we wait.
Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin won six more years in the Kremlin, exit polls and preliminary results showed, amid allegations of fraud similar to those that sparked protests after a December parliamentary vote.
Putin, 59, who’s been in power for 12 years including the last four years as premier, got 58.3 percent of the vote, the All-Russian Center for the Study of Public Opinion, or VTsIOM, said, citing an exit poll of 159,161 people. Putin got 59.3 percent, according to an exit poll by the Public Opinion Foundation, or FOM. He scored 61.81 percent, with 15.1 percent of votes counted, the Central Electoral Commission said. Official results are due tomorrow.
Nearly 4000 opponents of Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin have staged a rally in his home town of St Petersburg.
A week before presidential elections in which Putin is the widely favoured candidate, protesters chanted slogans including ‘Putin is a thief,’ the AP news agency said, adding that police were present in force but that no arrests were reported.
There has been widespread protest in Russia – the largest since the collapse of the Soviet Union more than 20 years ago – since December’s parliamentary elections, which drew accusations of voter fraud.
RUSSIAN Prime Minister Vladimir Putin accuses the West of seeking “regime change” in Iran and warns Washington that Russia intends to keep its nuclear weapons to keep US power in check.
“Under the guise of trying to prevent the spread of weapons of mass destruction… they are attempting something else entirely and setting different goals – regime change,” news agencies quoted Mr Putin as saying.
“We have such suspicions,” said Putin. “And we are trying to take a stand that differs from the one they are trying to force on us… concerning the ways that the Iranian nuclear problem might develop.”
The sovereignty of Syria and Iran should be defended against ‘foreign interferences.’ Venezuela’s President Hugo Chavez and Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin had a telephone conversation during which they agreed on the need to craft a common approach to defend “the independence and sovereignty of the Syrian Arab Republic and the Islamic Republic of Iran, against the harassment and interference by foreign powers.
The Russian leader may be in for a surprise: he misjudges his adversaries.
Vladimir Putin is a snake—he says so himself. At his latest four-hour press conference, the Russian prime minister compared himself to Kaa, the huge, hypnotic python from Rudyard Kipling’s The Jungle Book. And the growing ranks of protesters against his regime? He called them “monkeys.” As any Jungle Book fan (which includes most Russians) knows, Kaa is “everything that the monkeys feared in the jungle, for none of them knew the limits of his power, none of them could look him in the face, and none had ever come alive out of his hug.” Which leaves little doubt about Putin’s response to the series of protests that have brought 100,000 people into the streets of Moscow and 100 other Russian cities over the past month. Hypnotize them. Then crush them.
His plan has just one flaw: a large slice of Russia has unexpectedly snapped out of his spell. In the weeks since December’s clumsily rigged parliamentary elections, …
The Russian Prime Minister, Vladimir Putin, faces more mass protests over alleged election fraud as the former finance minister Alexei Kudrin warned of a ”revolution” unless the government assuages popular anger.
At least 30,000 people packed Sakharov Prospect, a wide avenue in Moscow named after the Soviet-era dissident Andrei Sakharov, police said. The event organisers said up to 120,000 people attended the rally.
As Russia gets ready for another round of elections whose outcomes are in little doubt, Mikhail Gorbachev, the Soviet Union’s final leader, condemned on Tuesday what he called “imitation” democratic institutions in his country and he said that Russia’s current leaders should not expect to maintain support forever.
Twenty years after Gorbachev presided over the dismantling of the Soviet Union, he has become increasingly critical of Russia’s government. Since Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin announced in September that he planned to move back into the presidency, the country’s top job, Gorbachev’s criticism has only grown.
Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin was due Wednesday to push for closer ex-Soviet integration after the surprise announcement of a free trade zone being created in the former communist bloc.
Former KGB agent Putin has put a closer union with the now-sovereign republics at the top of his agenda since announcing plans to return to the Kremlin in a job swap with President Dmitry Medvedev in March.