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    Russia To Bolster Military Presence In Former Soviet States

    Air force chief announces plans for new air base in Belarus, as well as expansion of existing facilities in Armenia and Kyrgyzstan

    October 16, 2014

    The head of the Russian air force has announced Moscow’s plans to establish an airbase for fighter jets in eastern Belarus in 2016, according to state media.

    Colonel General Viktor Bondarev also said Moscow planned to expand its airbases in Armenia and Kyrgyzstan.

    The three nations are members of a loose Russia-dominated security alliance known as the Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO), which has accelerated efforts to create a unified air defence network as the Ukraine crisis re-energises the West’s military powerhouse, NATO.

    The new airbase in the Belarusian city of Babruysk will expand Russia’s already strong air presence in Belarus. The base will be home to a wing of Russian Su-27 fighter jets, news agency TASS reported.

    Even before the conflict in Ukraine, Russia under President Vladimir Putin had been making major efforts to re-establish its historical military presence in Eastern Europe, Central Asia, the Arctic and beyond. Negotiations with Vietnam, Cuba, Venezuela and Nicaragua to establish bases for Russian strategic bombers are ongoing.

    “By 2020... 47 airfields, including in Crimea in the Arctic, will be renovated under the state armaments programme,” Bondarev was quoted as saying by Interfax on Wednesday. By 2025, he added, the Russian air force will have restored and reopened over 100 military airbases.


    Last year, a unit of Russian fighter jets were deployed to a Belarussian airbase in Baranovichi as part of the countries’ integrated regional air defense network. Russia also announced that it would station fighter jets at a Russian-built airbase in the Belarusian city of Lida, near the country’s border with Poland and Lithuania.

    Russian defense officials have characterised these deployments as a response to Nato’s beefed-up air patrols in the Baltics and Poland.

    Bondarev was also quoted by RIA Novosti on Wednesday saying that Moscow is negotiating with Bishkek to reconstruct the Kant airbase in Kyrgyzstan, which is a home for Russian fighter jets under CSTO auspices. While the base is usable, further construction is needed to support Russian strategic bombers, he said.

    Bondarev said similar work will be done on an airbase in Armenia, the Soviet-era Erebuni base, which is already home to Russian MiG-29 fighter aircraft.

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    Isn't this what we've been saying all along Ryan? The Soviet Union is still there....
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    Quote Originally Posted by American Patriot View Post
    Isn't this what we've been saying all along Ryan? The Soviet Union is still there....
    It truly is, except for the Ukraine, and there are internal forces there that wish for the same thing. I just read about an election candidate for the Ukrainian 'Rada', their legislature, who was disqualified for running, because he was involved in helping to topple a statue of Stalin.... The man who murdered millions of Ukrainians, can you imagine someone having to look at the murderer of their grandparents for example every day, and NOT want to break his statue into pieces?!
    "God's an old hand at miracles, he brings us from nonexistence to life. And surely he will resurrect all human flesh on the last day in the twinkling of an eye. But who can comprehend this? For God is this: he creates the new and renews the old. Glory be to him in all things!" Archpriest Avvakum

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    Putin Backs Plan To Establish Russian Military Base In Belarus

    September 20, 2015

    Russian President Vladimir Putin move forward with his plan to establish a Russian military base in neighboring Belarus – a move sure to unnerve Poland and Baltic nations.

    Though Belarus has maintained that it wouldn’t welcome a Russian base, the former Soviet republic remains dependent on Moscow for credit and energy.

    Putin ordered the Russian Defense Ministry, with the participation of the Russian Foreign Ministry, to hold talks with their Belarusian counterparts and sign the agreement that is reached.

    Putin said in a statement he had agreed to sign a deal for the base and ordered defense and foreign ministry officials to start talks with Belarus, according to Reuters. The plan isn’t expected to face any major obstacles.

    Reuters reports the plan to put an airbase in Belarus was revealed by Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu in 2013 and follows an agreement signed in 2009 which the two countries agreed to defend their common external frontier and airspace.

    Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko has yet to comment on Putin’s latest initiative. The two sides met Friday in the southern Russian city of Sochi.

    Russia has radar and a navy communications facility in Belarus, but this wouldn’t be its first base. Belarus is a prime location for Russia because it borders Ukraine and three members of the European Union and NATO: Lithuania, Latvia and Poland.

    "Against the background of the Ukrainian crisis, the stationing of a permanent Russian military contingent in Belarus will upset the balance of forces and facilitate an increase in tension in the whole region," said analyst Valery Karbalevich.

    As part of an effort to improve Belarus' relations with the West, Lukashenko has stayed neutral on the conflict in Ukraine between the Western-aligned government in Kiev and the Russia-backed separatists in the east.

    "It is obvious that the Kremlin really twisted Lukashenko's arm," Karbalevich said. "Belarus is totally dependent on Russia and has to pay somehow for the cheap Russian oil, gas and credits."

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    CIS Summit: Russia To Bolster Central Asia Military

    October 16, 2015

    Leaders of post-Soviet states are gathering in Kazakhstan to attend the summit of the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS), a regional organisation dominated by Russia. One of the key documents they are expected to sign is a concept of military co-operation until 2020.

    Russia has been pushing its military presence across the region and this document will certainly fit this policy.

    Interestingly, this document will be reviewed in Central Asia, where Russia has been rapidly increasingly its military capacity lately.

    Moscow struck deals with Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan to extend its bases till 2042 and 2032 respectively. It has announced an increase in troops in Tajikistan, its largest foreign base, from 5,900 to 9,000 soldiers by 2020.

    Russia is planning to renew the fleet of its airbase at Kant, Kyrgyzstan by 2016. It has already sent a dozen of new and modified versions of Su-25 fighter jets to replace older planes.

    It has been upgrading other equipment at the bases - from trucks and armoured personnel carriers (APCs) to drones.

    The Central military district that oversees Russian bases in Central Asia has recently announced that it will dispatch a helicopter unit to be stationed at the airbase in Ayni, Tajikistan. Moscow has been trying to gain access to this airbase since at least 2004.

    Russia has also pledged to provide $1bn to Kyrgyzstan in military aid. Tajikistan is receiving Russian military aid too, though the exact figures are not known.

    'Growing Threat'

    The number of military drills at Russian bases in the region and joint exercises with Central Asian forces has gone up recently. Alexander Golts, a Moscow-based military analyst, says that during such drills Russia is not only training its troops but also improving contacts between political leadership, to work on the scenario of obtaining "a legitimate right" to intervene with Russian troops at the early stage of a conflict.

    Moscow justifies building up a military presence in the region by highlighting the threat Central Asia and Russia are facing from Afghanistan and beyond.

    "There is a growing threat that terrorist and extremist groups can penetrate into the territories that border Afghanistan," said President Vladimir Putin at the Dushanbe summit of the Collective Security Treaty Organization, a Russia-led security bloc, in September. He added that the situation was exacerbated by the presence of so-called Islamic State (IS) in Afghanistan.

    Latest clashes in Kunduz, near the lengthy Afghan-Tajik border, only add to these concerns.

    Mr Golts argues that it is just a matter of time before militant groups cross into Central Asia, and the Russian military is required to "hold the ground" until main forces arrive.

    However, it is important to note that the Taliban showed little interest in attacking its northern neighbours in the late 1990s when it controlled a large part of the border with Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan and Tajikistan. Central Asian factions that joined the Taliban, such as the Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan, are small and enjoy very little or no support from the local population in their home countries.

    Expanding Influence

    Dr Erica Marat from the College of International Security Affairs of the National Defense University claims that the threat of "Islamic extremism" is "inflated" and often used by Central Asian governments to crack down on political opponents. She argues that Russia is rather trying to regain its control over Central Asia.

    The military co-operation concept that will be discussed at the CIS summit may provide legal means for Russia to expand its influence since it is the dominant state with the biggest army in the organisation.

    But a discussion of this document may also show the limit of support Russia enjoys in the CIS.

    Russia is frustrated that other states in the region like Uzbekistan and Turkmenistan keep their distance when it comes to military co-operation.

    In fact, Uzbekistan has been getting closer to the US than to Russia in terms of military support. The Pentagon has provided more than 300 MRAP armoured vehicles to Uzbekistan with total acquisition value of almost $180m, according to the Excess Defense Articles program.

    Other countries outside Central Asia may also be wary about strengthening military ties with Russia, particularly Moldova and Ukraine. The latter has formally declared Russia its enemy.

    So having all CIS members commit to a common military concept will be a significant achievement for Russia. However, its discussion may also reveal divisions in the Russia-led bloc.

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