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Russia announces rearmament plan

Discussion in 'Political Zone' started by JBond, Mar 17, 2009.

  1. JBond

    JBond Well-Known Member

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    Russia announces rearmament plan



    Russian President Dmitry Medvedev has said Moscow will begin a comprehensive military rearmament from 2011.

    Mr Medvedev said the primary task would be to "increase the combat readiness of [Russia's] forces, first of all our strategic nuclear forces".

    Explaining the move, he cited concerns over Nato expansion near Russia's borders and regional conflicts.

    Last year, the Kremlin set out plans to increase spending on Russia's armed forces over the next two years.

    Russia will spend nearly $140bn (£94.5bn) on buying arms up until 2011.

    Higher oil revenues in recent years have allowed the Kremlin to increase the military budget, analysts say. But prices have averaged $40 a barrel in 2009 compared with $100 last year.

    Outdated equipment

    In his first address to a defence ministry meeting in his capacity as supreme commander, Mr Medvedev said considerable sums are being channelled towards developing and purchasing modern military equipment.

    "Despite the financial problems we have to cope with today, the size of these sums has remained virtually the same as planned."

    Analysts say the brief war in Georgia exposed problems with outdated equipment and practices within Russia's armed forces and led to calls for military modernisation.

    President Medvedev's remarks also appear significant for what they say about the diplomatic game between Moscow and the new administration in the United States, says the BBC's James Rodgers in Moscow.

    Both sides are looking for a solution to issues - such as US missile defence plans in Europe - which bitterly divided the Kremlin and the White House during the Bush administration. Neither, though, seems willing simply to abandon previously-held positions, our correspondent adds.

    The Russian Security Council is currently developing a new military doctrine which is expected to reflect current and forthcoming international developments, including any changes Nato may set out this year, missile defence deployments and WMD proliferation.

    "The Security Council will approve Russia's national security strategy until 2020 in the near future," President Medvedev said.

    Watch Tim Whewell's films on the Russian military on Newsnight on Tuesday 17 March and Wednesday 18 March, 2009 at 2230 on BBC Two.
  2. ABQCOWBOY

    ABQCOWBOY Moderator Staff Member

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    :lmao2:

    Where's Big Willie when you need him?
  3. BrAinPaiNt

    BrAinPaiNt Brotherhood of the Beard Staff Member

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    Tom Clancy books should be more interesting now.
  4. Jordan55

    Jordan55 Active Member

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    Where in the hell did that AIG money go? Don't worry, I'm not concerned we can sit down and ask them please!!!! don't do this, we told you, we were canning our missle defense system. Democrats and strong defense go hand in hand. Hey Biden, do you think the Messiah is being tested?
  5. SkinsFan28

    SkinsFan28 Active Member

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    Looks like Hillary hit the wrong RESET button when she was over there!
  6. BrAinPaiNt

    BrAinPaiNt Brotherhood of the Beard Staff Member

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    Yeah...it actually translated to overcharge. Ironic. :laugh1:
  7. Jon88

    Jon88 Benched

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    Why did they get mad at Bush's missile defense plans in Europe? Were they mad it might shoot down one of their missiles?
  8. burmafrd

    burmafrd Well-Known Member

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    Because they want to be the big dog in that backyard.

    With Oil prices so far down their ambitious plans are pretty much in the toilet.
  9. sbark

    sbark Well-Known Member Zone Supporter

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    makes one wonder how the "President in training" will react......I wonder what the Teleprompter will tell him to say?

    my guess is Russia is actually 3 years into the program....

    ......every time Obama says "uh"......another russian nuke is made

    [IMG]
  10. BrAinPaiNt

    BrAinPaiNt Brotherhood of the Beard Staff Member

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    So they are three years into the program with your guess...wouldn't that mean you would have to blame W for 3 years of this problem...I mean in your scenario of course.

    This stuff just writes itself.:laugh1:
  11. ThaBigP

    ThaBigP New Member

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    ...and at the same time, another piece of our arsenal is mothballed...

    http://www.boston.com/news/nation/washington/articles/2009/03/17/gates_readies_big_cuts_in_weapons/

    Sounds like perfect timing to me. I'm sure it's all just a coincidence, though.

    Oh, and I'm sure it's just another coincidence that the Kremlin is preparing to do a full-court press on a one-world currency.
  12. sbark

    sbark Well-Known Member Zone Supporter

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    coincides with high oil prices to finance the military buildup......which coincides with Democrat energy policy in the USA.....

    your right.......this stuff just writes itself..........The Law of Unintended consequenses........
  13. BrAinPaiNt

    BrAinPaiNt Brotherhood of the Beard Staff Member

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    You mean the MASSIVE rise in Gas prices during W's leadership due to having wars in two middle eastern countries which also happens to border another middle eastern country with two of those countries being oil producers?


    The old drill baby drill crapola instead of actually addressing a problem we have since the 70's of finding alternative energies and if we would have taken that serious instead of still letting oil companies have a major part of the government over the years...maybe we would not be in the middle east now, or back then and we would not have terrorists attacking us. Maybe we would not have thousands of american lives lost in america or on middle eastern soil.

    Hmmm...yet I bet some still think Ron Paul is a loon for talking blow back.


    Yes...it does write itself.


    But keep on acting like W and his group had nothing to do with any of it.
  14. burmafrd

    burmafrd Well-Known Member

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    yeah brain and all the anti drill idiots that have us in with the current lack of supply that has prices only low due to lack of demand. BILLIONS have been poured into alternative energy for 30+ years and return has been pretty meager. More and more talk about it and nothing comes of it.
    Where was cold fusion? Where is solar energy? where are all the rest of the pie in the sky ideas that first surfaced in the early 70's?
    In europe and japan and elsewhere they have been trying steadily since then to come up with something to replace oil. Where is it?
    Meanwhile the moronic greenies keep us from getting oil in enough qty to keep the prices from destroying the third world nations who are ALWAYS the worst sufferer's of any oil crunch. Interesting that the greenies do not seem to care about that.....

    Bush wanted to drill for more oil and if he had gotten his way we would be in better shape- but of course you do not want to admit THAT....
  15. ThaBigP

    ThaBigP New Member

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    Everybody seems to forget that compounding the high oil prices was the fact that our refining capacity was stretched to the max. We haven't been able to build a new one in over 30 years. It got so bad we were importing refined product there for a while. It certainly didn't help that while running near 100% capacity we had a couple of hurricanes knock quite of bit of it offline. Or that we are required to have dozens of boutique blends of gasoline, courtesy of the enviro-nazis. So supply pressure in one area cannot legally be relieved by diverting supply from another.
  16. burmafrd

    burmafrd Well-Known Member

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    Yep and Bush wanted to build some new ones on abandoned military bases and of course teh dems shot that one down as welll.....
  17. ChldsPlay

    ChldsPlay Well-Known Member

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    Someone has been listening to Rush. I actually caught a little bit of him yesterday on the way to the Dr.
  18. BigWillie

    BigWillie Well-Known Member

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    Hey darlin'

    :wink2:
  19. ABQCOWBOY

    ABQCOWBOY Moderator Staff Member

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    Hey Willie,

    You were saying?
  20. BigWillie

    BigWillie Well-Known Member

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    You make my head go, "owie".

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