Skip to comments.Putin orders surprise Black Sea military exercises
Posted on 03/28/2013 6:22:10 PM PDT by Pan_Yan
MOSCOW Russian President Vladimir Putin on Thursday ordered surprise military exercises in the Black Sea region involving 7,000 troops and dozens of ships to test the army's battle readiness, the Kremlin said.
In typical Putin style, the order was presented to the Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu in a sealed envelope in the middle of the night at 4:00 am (2400 GMT), with the drills to start immediately.
Peskov said 36 ships from the Russian Black Sea Fleet's base in the Ukrainian Crimean city of Sevastopol and the Russian port of Novorossiisk would be involved in the exercises.
Aviation, paratroopers and special forces would also take part, Peskov said.
"According to international practice, exercises involving up to 7,000 people do not require us to inform our partners in advance," he said.
The defence ministry's chief spokesman Igor Konashenkov told RIA Novosti that the drills would involve 7,000 troops, up to 20 military jets and helicopters and 50 pieces of artillery.
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Look out Georgia.
There be a whole lot of sabre rattlin’ goin on.
Pregame warm up for Syria?
Someone urinated in his corn flakes. Apparently there was a big scene in South Africa where Putin was meeting with the BRICS. The SA security wanted to scan the Russian nuclear suitcases that are always near Putin. The Russians refused to have the suitcases scanned and the SA guards refused to let the suitcases into the building. So Putin was without the launch codes for a brief amount of time.
I’m surprised they have sufficient stocks of Number 6 fuel to fire up.
Thanks - what-the-hell - half their sh!t doesn't work anyway, and the other half is under water .................................................................................. FRegards
It’s too early to be doing security drills for the Sochi Winter Olympics.
Hey Putin, 1600 Pennsylvania Ave NW Washington, DC .... don’t go there, man. Please don’t make our fearless leader cry.
And Putin, you better not think for a second that even though Obama is usually out of town on vacation, that he will leave Americans behind—Remember Benghazi!!!
Sorry, I like PootyPoot.
Same age as me, smart guy. Cold warrior here, I know who he is and what he is.
The world is upside down now. Who would have guessed that Russia would have a monopoly on morality?
His position on queers and mudslimz is primo.
sailing with Iran’s new ship there
Perhaps they need to modify the warranty label on the X-Ray scanner. Warranty void if user tries to X-Ray the Russian Nuclear Football.
Putin also hopes the paint holds up on the ships
I won't say that I like Putin, but I do respect him.
It is possible that radical islam will eventually destroy Western civilization. If that happens, one reason for it will be that the US and Russia never entered into a strategic partnership.
When a US official meets with the Russians, it's often the same thing. We treat them like they are somewhat stupid, mischievous children.
It's easy to like Putin. He has a persona of being strong and decisive. He gets things done and he seems to always win. By comparison our leaders look weak and vacillating. They pander while he produces.
This is how democracies become dictatorships. Putin is a thief, a murderer and an autocrat. He jails political opponents and kills reporters who investigate him. It's dangerous to admire such men.
There hasn't been the money to keep it up to par.
Too, lest we forget, the fleet has to sail through the Bosphorus to get to the Med. This has been a problem for Russia since the 1700's.
I guess the real question is who are they trying to intimidate. Is this for domestic consumption or for Obama's? Who should this worry: Ukraine, Georgia, Syria, Turkey? It could be he's intentionally ruffling some feathers in his military ranks.
When a US official meets with the Russians, it’s often the same thing. We treat them like they are somewhat stupid, mischievous children.
I’m wondering how you know that.
Sort of like another dictator ordering more divisions to protect Berlin.
The Rusians are trying to unilaterally extend their leases on Odessa, and Sevastopol.
Syria is kind of a client state and Russia uses a warm water port there.
Turkey possible but I don't think so. The Bosphorus and its control have fevered the dreams of every Russian ruler since Peter the Great. But I don't see anything happening here.
The big question is the Northern Fleet and particularly their sub-surface assets. That is what I would be looking at if I were Pres.