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Putin orders surprise Black Sea military exercises
AFP via Google ^ | March 28, 2013 | Stuart Williams

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.

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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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TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; Israel; News/Current Events; Russia; United Kingdom; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: blacksea; cyprus; europeanunion; germany; greece; israel; putin; russia; syria; turkey; unitedkingdom

1 posted on 03/28/2013 6:22:10 PM PDT by Pan_Yan
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To: Pan_Yan

Look out Georgia.


2 posted on 03/28/2013 6:27:03 PM PDT by AU72
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To: Pan_Yan

There be a whole lot of sabre rattlin’ goin on.


3 posted on 03/28/2013 6:27:42 PM PDT by Segovia
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To: AU72

Pregame warm up for Syria?


4 posted on 03/28/2013 6:41:13 PM PDT by Rebelbase (1929-1950's, 20+years for full recovery. How long this time?)
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To: Segovia

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.


5 posted on 03/28/2013 6:46:59 PM PDT by justa-hairyape
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To: justa-hairyape
Here is a report about the big bruhaha.

Putin's armed bodyguards fight with security at summit in South Africa after being told to put 'nuclear suitcase' through X-ray

6 posted on 03/28/2013 6:51:51 PM PDT by justa-hairyape
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To: Pan_Yan

I’m surprised they have sufficient stocks of Number 6 fuel to fire up.


7 posted on 03/28/2013 7:07:38 PM PDT by Eric in the Ozarks (NRA Life Member)
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To: justa-hairyape
You answered my question, hairy!

Thanks - what-the-hell - half their sh!t doesn't work anyway, and the other half is under water .................................................................................. FRegards

8 posted on 03/28/2013 7:11:52 PM PDT by gonzo ( Buy more ammo, dammit! You should already have the firearms ... FRegards)
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To: Pan_Yan

It’s too early to be doing security drills for the Sochi Winter Olympics.


9 posted on 03/28/2013 7:12:17 PM PDT by rfp1234 (Arguing with a liberal is like playing chess with a pigeon.)
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To: Pan_Yan

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!!!


10 posted on 03/28/2013 7:17:09 PM PDT by Gator113 ( ~just keep livin~)
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To: Pan_Yan

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.

FLAME ON!


11 posted on 03/28/2013 7:20:04 PM PDT by ConradofMontferrat (According to mudslymz, my handle is a HATE CRIME. And I HOPE they don't like it.)
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To: Pan_Yan

sailing with Iran’s new ship there


12 posted on 03/28/2013 7:23:46 PM PDT by KC Burke (Plain Conservative opinions and common sense correction for thirteen years.)
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To: gonzo
Yeah the Russian stuff may not work, but who the heck in their right mind would put a nuclear football through an X-Ray scanner ? What if the idiots set off the codes somehow with the X-Rays ?

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.

13 posted on 03/28/2013 7:48:10 PM PDT by justa-hairyape
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To: Pan_Yan

Putin also hopes the paint holds up on the ships


14 posted on 03/28/2013 8:25:45 PM PDT by molson209
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To: ConradofMontferrat
Sorry, I like PootyPoot.

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.

15 posted on 03/28/2013 8:31:29 PM PDT by Leaning Right
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To: AdmSmith; AnonymousConservative; Berosus; bigheadfred; Bockscar; ColdOne; Convert from ECUSA; ...

Thanks Pan_Yan.


16 posted on 03/28/2013 9:02:23 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (Romney would have been worse, if you're a dumb ass.)
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To: ConradofMontferrat
Sorry, I like PootyPoot. His position on queers and mudslimz is primo. FLAME ON!

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.

17 posted on 03/29/2013 12:37:49 AM PDT by Pan_Yan (I love it when spell check selects every single word in my post.)
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To: Pan_Yan
I do not put much credence in this. Saw the Black Sea Fleet a couple of years ago in Sevastopol. It was in very rough shape with most of their larger units laid up.

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.

18 posted on 03/29/2013 2:45:24 AM PDT by Jimmy Valentine (DemocRATS - when they speak, they lie; when they are silent, they are stealing the American Dream)
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To: Jimmy Valentine
It was in very rough shape with most of their larger units laid up.

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.

19 posted on 03/29/2013 5:48:25 AM PDT by Pan_Yan (I love it when spell check selects every single word in my post.)
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To: Leaning Right

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.


20 posted on 03/29/2013 5:52:20 AM PDT by billhilly
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To: Jimmy Valentine

Sort of like another dictator ordering more divisions to protect Berlin.


21 posted on 03/30/2013 5:53:14 AM PDT by Jimmy Valentine's brother (01-21-13, Obama declares war on The Constitution of the United States)
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To: Pan_Yan; Jimmy Valentine's brother
Well the Ukrainians are worried. They buy natural gas from Gazprom and the Russians don't give them a break on price.

The Rusians are trying to unilaterally extend their leases on Odessa, and Sevastopol.

Georgia certainly.

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.

22 posted on 03/30/2013 1:49:29 PM PDT by Jimmy Valentine (DemocRATS - when they speak, they lie; when they are silent, they are stealing the American Dream)
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