Each of the nuclear boats will carry 16 Bulava intercontinental ballistic missiles.Putin says that over the next 6 years, ships should build 70% / REUTERS
In Russia , a ceremony was held to lay down warships, including two corvettes, two nuclear and two diesel submarines.
The ceremony took place at factories in St. Petersburg and Komsomolsk-on-Amur.
“Such responsible and large-scale tasks are conditioned by the geopolitical situation of our country, its role in world affairs. The construction of a high-tech combat-ready Navy places increasing demands on Russian ships and shipbuilding,” the Russian leader said in a video conference.
According to Vedomosti , the initial launch of the nuclear cruisers “Dmitry Donskoy” and “Prince Potemkin” was to take place in May. Each of the boats will carry 16 Bulava intercontinental ballistic missiles.
Diesel submarines are due to join the Pacific Fleet in 2024. Both boats will be armed with the Caliber-PL missile system. Finally, the corvettes “Grozny” and “Buyny” plan to transfer to the fleet by 2028 with missiles “Caliber-NK” or “Uranus”.
#AceNewsReport – June.02: Putin’s latest meeting with Alyaksandr Lukashenka of Belarus — his fourth since August — was no exception. More than five hours of talks yielded only seven minutes of official footage, in which Putin comments on the weather and Lukashenka fingers a briefcase of documents that, he claims, expose unspecified Western machinations.
KREMLIN: The Russian public is used to being left in the dark about what President Vladimir Putin discusses with high officials and the heads of other former Soviet republics. Official photos of Putin and his guests provide the fodder for headlines — and countless memes — that often follow: But with few details forthcoming, many observers focused instead on the venue for the informal second day of talks on May 29: a 54-meter luxury yacht complete with a sumptuous dining area boasting panoramic views of the sea’
“Russians earning 10,000 to 40,000 rubles ($136-$545) a month…are apparently proud of the fact that Putin has a 30-million-euro yacht,” one Twitter user wrote sarcastically, citing the reported cost of the vessel.
Dozhd, an independent TV channel in Russia that often airs opposition views, reported on May 31 that the yacht, now named Chaika (Seagull), was built in Turkey and purchased by the Russian government in 2011, when Putin was prime minister.
Dozhd also noted a previous meeting, apparently on the same yacht, between Putin and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi in 2018.
Officially, the May 28-29 talks in and around the Black Sea resort city of Sochi led to Moscow’s release of a $500 million loan to Minsk and an increase in the number of flight connections with Belarus as a show of support for Lukashenka. The Belarusian leader is being shunned in Europe since his government scrambled a fighter jet on May 23 to ground a Ryanair flight and arrested a dissident Belarusian journalist who was aboard, along with his girlfriend, a Russian citizen.
But there was little in the way of details about crucial questions that haunt the close but often tense relationship between Russia and Belarus, leaving observers on social media with little to do but comment on the photos of Putin and Lukashenka posing by the sea — some with wry humor, others angrily — or zero in on the lush setting.
The attention to evidence of Putin’s alleged wealth, or the perks that he has at his fingertips, was nothing new.
Officially, Putin earned a salary equivalent to $136,000 in 2020, and in his declaration, he listed a modest apartment, three Soviet-era cars, and a small camping trailer handed down by his late father.
But in nearly 22 years as president or prime minister, he has regularly been accused of amassing a huge personal fortune. In 2012, three years before he was shot dead near the Kremlin, opposition politician Boris Nemtsov co-authored a report describing a stunning array of helicopters and jets, homes, luxury watches, and four yachts that, according to the report, belonged to Putin or were available for his use in connection with his office.
The report referenced a 54-meter yacht similar in description to the Chaika, but said the “real diamond of the Kremlin flotilla” is a five-deck vessel equipped with a Jacuzzi, a barbecue, a maple wood colonnade, and a large bathroom faced in marble.
Shots of the yacht in Sochi come four months after Putin was forced to publicly dispute allegations by jailed opposition leader Aleksei Navalny’s Anti-Corruption Foundation (FBK) that a $1.36 billion estate complete with hookah bar, vineyard, and ice hockey arena had been built for the Russian president on the Black Sea, not far from the waters he cruised with Lukashenka.
In April, the FBK — which has been targeted by a government effort to label it as an extremist group — followed up with reports of another lavish residence it linked to Putin.
The Kremlin said the sprawling property that Navalny dubbed “a palace for Putin” does not belong to the president. Arkady Rotenberg, a construction magnate and childhood friend of Putin’s, later came forwardto say that he is the owner.
Other apparent efforts to discredit the January report from the FBK included a remark at the time from Dmitry Kiselyov, a state-TV presenter widely seen as a Kremlin propagandist:
“Putin has no need for luxury,” Kiselyov asserted. “For him, this is just not cool.”
Matthew Luxmoore is a Moscow-based correspondent for RFE/RL covering Russia and the former Soviet Union. Before joining RFE/RL in 2018, he reported for The New York Times in Moscow and has written for The Guardian, Politico, The New Republic, and Foreign Policy. He’s a graduate of Harvard’s Davis Center and a recipient of New York University’s Reporting Award and the Fulbright Alistair Cooke Journalism Award.
#AceNewsReport – Mar.27: The commander, Nikolai Yevmenov, said the sophisticated manoeuvre was carried out by submarines “for the first time in the history of the Russian Navy”. The submarines surfaced within a 300 meters radius and the ice they broke was 1.5 meter deep, the admiral added:
‘The Kremlin has pushed to beef up defences in the Arctic, which Putin has touted as a vital region for Russian interests as climate change makes it more accessible’ https://t.me/reuters_news_agency/70099
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The Russian defence ministry published footage of the submarines emerging from underneath the ice with loud noise. After one of them surfaced, a sailor showed up on top of it and waved at a camera with his hand.
The drill was held near Franz Josef Land Archipelago in the Arctic Ocean and was aimed at testing Russian military hardware in extreme weather conditions.
“The Arctic expedition… has no analogues in the Soviet and the modern history of Russia,” Putin said.
#AceWorldNews – MOSCOW – June 29 – /ITAR-TASS/. Presidents Vladimir Putin of Russia, Pyotr Poroshenko of Ukraine and Francois Hollande of France, and German Chancellor Angela Merkel had a telephone conversation on Sunday to continue discussion of various aspects of the crisis in Ukraine, the Kremlin press service said, adding that it was a long conversation.
“The leaders agreed to continue telephone contacts in the four-party format,” the press service said.
Putin, Hollande, Merkel and Poroshenko also touched upon issues related to the signing of the association agreement between Ukraine and the European Union in Brussels on June 27.
#AceWorldNews – NOVOSIBIRSK, June 04. /ITAR-TASS/. NATO advances towards the Russian borders has nothing to do with European security issues, Kremlin administration head Sergei Ivanov said on Wednesday.
Pronouncements that NATO’s east European boundaries had to be strengthened “are used either as a psychological trick or knowingly used as a screen for moving NATO’s military infrastructure closer to our borders,” the head of the presidential administration said.
“I don’t see any military sense in it. This is more about politics, or cheap politics, to put it blantly,” Ivanov added.
Statements generated further problems in relations between Russia and NATO, which had developed positively over recent years, he said.
“There are certain security problems that equally worry Russia and NATO member-countries. But these problems are outside the European continent and have nothing to do with the European security,” Ivanov said.
“That is why, in my opinion, advancement of [NATO] infrastructure south-east has a destabilising nature and has nothing to do with real problems of security in Europe,” he added.
#AceWorldNews – MOSCOW – May 26 – The Kremlin is ready for Ukraine’s lawsuit over Crimea’s incorporation by Russia, ITAR-TASS quoted Sergey Ivanov, the head of the Kremlin administration, as saying on Monday.
“We will be waiting for a lawsuit in this case” if Pyotr Poroshenko, who is leading in Ukraine’s Sunday presidential elections, is going to file it, Ivanov told journalists.
He also said that Kiev owes Russia $3.5 billion for natural gas supplies.
#AceTweetNews – UKRAINE – April 16 – (RFERL) – The Kremlin wants the personal details of those who set up Euromaidan pages.
VK founder Pavel #Durov refuses to bow to #Russia pressure to hand over personal details of #Euromaidan activists http://t.co/MVR2hFKdjb
#AceWorldNews – MOSCOW – March 29 – In a telephone conversation with his US counterpart Barack Obama the Russian President Vladimir Putin drew attention to the continuing rampage by extremists in Ukraine, who are committing acts of intimidation against civilians, bodies of power, and law enforcers in different parts of Ukraine and in Kiev and do so with impunity, the Kremlin’s press-service has said.
In this context the Russian leader suggested considering likely steps by the international community to help stabilize the situation in Ukraine. It was agreed that Russian and US foreign ministers would discuss specific parameters of such joint work in the near future.
#AceWorldNews – MOSCOW – March 23 – Russian President Vladimir Putin instructed chief executives of several ministries and agencies to approve plans of organisational events to form territorial federal executive authorities and other bodies and departments in the Republic of Crimea and the city of Sevastopol before March 29 envisaging some changes in numerical strength of these authorities if necessary, the Kremlin press service reported on Sunday.
#AceWorldNews International condemnation of the referendum began pouring in from world capitals even before the polls had closed.
US Secretary of State John Kerry demanded that Moscow pull back its forces to their bases in Crimea in return for constitutional reforms in Ukraine to protect minority rights.
A US State Department official said Kerry told Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov in a phone call that “as Ukrainians take the necessary political measures going forward, Russia must reciprocate by pulling forces back to base.”
The European Union said it would be deciding on sanctions against Russia on Monday that include the possible seizure of the foreign assets of top Kremlin officials and travel bans for senior ministers.
“We reiterate the strong condemnation of the unprovoked violation of Ukraine’s sovereignty… and call on Russia to withdraw its armed forces to their pre-crisis numbers,” the EU said in a statement.
#AceBreakingNews The President’s Administration denied the allegations that today’s DDoS-attack on the Kremlin website is linked to the events in Ukraine, a source in the Kremlin told Itar-Tass on Friday.
The source said that “similar spamming mailings occur very often, but with different intensity.” “It is wrong to link them to the events in Ukraine,” he noted.
“The Kremlin’s website is available for anybody, and such situations are understandable,” the source added, noting that specialists are currently investigating the origin of the DDoS-attack.
Earlier, the Kremlin’s press service has confirmed that the official website of the Russian president became target of a cyber attack. The representatives said that specialists are currently taking all necessary measures to ensure that all users can access the resource.
“Indeed, the case in hand is a major DDoS-attack aimed not only at the Kremlin’s site, but also on some other web portals,” the press service told Itar-Tass, adding that this is the most powerful attempt to destabilize the resource’s operation.
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#AceWorldNews “A serious DDoS attack is currently under-way, not only on the Kremlin site, but also a number of other web portals,” the Kremlin’s press service told Russian news agency ITAR-TASS, confirming this is the most powerful cyber-attack ever carried out on the presidential site.
“Every possible measure is being taken to bring the site back on-line,” said the press service. “At present the site is working for most users.”
Russia’s Central Bank also confirmed that its site had been knocked out by hackers on Friday morning.
“At the moment Central Bank’s website is experiencing problems due to a hack attack. Central Bank is taking steps to restore the website and prevent further attacks,” said a spokesperson from the Bank to the press.
The site now appears to be working, but is experiencing delays loading page information.
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#AceWorldNews says an hour-long phone call on Thursday was initiated by Barack Obama several hours after he announced new visa restrictions and financial sanctions against Russians who the US accuses of contributing to the Ukrainian crisis.
“President Obama emphasized that Russia’s actions are in violation of Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity, which has led us to take several steps in response, in coordination with our European partners,” a White House press release reads.
President Putin told his American counterpart that the government, which came to power in Ukraine following a coup, is not supported by all of the country but “is imposing its absolutely illegitimate decisions upon eastern, south-eastern and Crimea regions.”
“Russia cannot ignore calls for help it receives in this situation and it acts accordingly, in full compliance with international law,” Putin said as cited in a Kremlin statement on Friday.
The Russian president emphasized that he regarded Russian-US relations as ones of paramount importance to guarantee stability and security in the world.
“These relations should not be sacrificed to differences over individual – even though very important – international problems,” the press release says.
#AceWorldNews says Russia could reduce to zero its economic dependency on the United States if Washington agreed sanctions against Moscow over Ukraine, a Kremlin aide said on Tuesday, warning that the American financial system faced a “crash” if this happened.
“We would find a way not just to reduce our dependency on the United States to zero but to emerge from those sanctions with great benefits for ourselves,” said Kremlin economic aide Sergei Glazyev, saying Russia could stop using dollars for international transactions.
“An attempt to announce sanctions would end in a crash for the financial system of the United States, which would cause the end of the domination of the United States in the global financial system,” he added.
#AceWorldNews says according to latest reports France is reportedly suspending preparations for a G8 summit to be held in Sochi, Russia, as part of pressure on the Kremlin over Ukraine.
President Francois Hollande met with Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius and other officials this morning to discuss the situation in Ukraine and look for ways of de-escalating tensions and preventing military intervention, French media report, quoting sources in the Elysee Palace.