Russian satellite system official sacked

MOSCOW, Nov. 13 (UPI) -- Russia's defense industry housecleaning continued over the weekend when satellite navigation system designer Yury Urlichich was sacked from his job.

Russia has new military staff chief

MOSCOW, Nov. 9 (UPI) -- Russian President Vladimir Putin named Col. Gen. Valery Gerasimov to head the armed forces General Staff after firing Gen. Nikolai Makarov, officials said.

Syrian rebels have Stingers, Russia says

MOSCOW, Oct. 24 (UPI) -- U.S.-made Stinger missiles have found their way into the hands of Syrian rebels but it's unclear how they were delivered, a Russian commander said.

Russia warns of pre-emptive strike

MOSCOW, May 3 (UPI) -- A Russian general warned Thursday of possible pre-emptive strikes on NATO missile defense sites in Eastern Europe if NATO proceeds with a missile shield.

War game to aid China-Russia military tie

BEIJING, April 18 (UPI) -- A joint naval exercise between Russia and China will further promote military ties between the two countries, a Chinese military official said.

General: Russia could use nuclear weapons

MOSCOW, Feb. 15 (UPI) -- Russia has the right to use nuclear weapons if its sovereignty is threatened, Gen. Nikolai Makarov, head of the general staff, said Wednesday.
Russia faces shortage of draft age men

Russia faces shortage of draft age men

MOSCOW, Nov. 17 (UPI) -- Russia is facing a shortage of young men for compulsory military service, an official said Thursday.

Russian fighters fly non-stop to Far East

MOSCOW, July 4 (UPI) -- A force of Russian fighters recently flew from Europe to the Far East for the first time using in-flight refueling, military officials said.

Russia opposes U.S. missile defense plan

MOSCOW, March 23 (UPI) -- U.S. missile defense plans for Europe are a sticking point in finalizing a new Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty, a Russian military commander said.

Russia says nuclear arms treaty threatened

MOSCOW, Feb. 17 (UPI) -- Russia's top military commander says a U.S. proposal to deploy a missile defense system in Eastern Europe remains a threat to arms control discussions.
General says force against Iran bad option

General says force against Iran bad option

MOSCOW, Feb. 17 (UPI) -- If the United States uses force against Iran over its nuclear program, the results would be "dreadful," Russia's top military official said Wednesday.

Russia eying French-built military ship

MOSCOW, Sept. 20 (UPI) -- Russia is negotiating with France to buy a military ship, a Russian source confirmed Saturday.

Russia to buy French helicopter carrier

MOSCOW, Sept. 3 (UPI) -- Russia is mulling the purchase of a French-made helicopter carrier, continuing the shift away from its longtime strategy of producing its own security equipment.

Russia, U.S. undecided on observation site

ULAN BATOR, Mongolia, Aug. 26 (UPI) -- Russian Chief of Staff Gen. Nikolai Makarov said Wednesday his country and the United States are undecided on a joint site to monitor rocket launches.

U.S., Russia resume military relations

MOSCOW, July 6 (UPI) -- U.S. Navy Adm. Mike Mullen and Russian Gen. Nikolai Makarov signed an agreement for the resumption of joint military activities, suspended since August 2008.
Israel to Russia: No arms to Iran, Syria

Israel to Russia: No arms to Iran, Syria

PARIS, June 17 (UPI) -- Israel's defense minister asked Russia to halt arms sales to Iran and Syria at a meeting with the Russian chief of staff at the Paris Air Show at Le Bourget.

Russia not budging on arms reduction

MOSCOW, June 5 (UPI) -- Russia won't cut its nuclear arsenal until the controversy over U.S. missile defense plans for Europe is resolved, a Russia military official said Friday.

Makarov pledges to complete Russian army reform by 2012

WASHINGTON, Feb. 9 (UPI) -- Russia's hard-charging chief of the general staff pledged Monday to complete the long-delayed and fiercely opposed restructuring of the Russian armed forces over the next four years.
MARTIN SIEFF, UPI Senior News Analyst

Russia's Bulava missile fails yet another test

WASHINGTON, Dec. 30 (UPI) -- Russia's latest test launch of its long-troubled Bulava submarine-launched ballistic missile was another failure, and it was more costly than most as the Russian government had already approved the missile for full-scale production.
MARTIN SIEFF, UPI Senior News Analyst

Russia says no Georgia invasion in works

MOSCOW, Dec. 10 (UPI) -- Russia won't invade Georgia despite concerns about the possibility of Georgia escalating tensions in the Caucasus, a Russian military official said Wednesday.

U.S., Russia still unrivaled in global power projection

WASHINGTON, Dec. 1 (UPI) -- When the top military commanders who run the U.S. and Russian armed forces on a daily basis met for important but very low-profile talks outside Helsinki, Finland, in October, the range of issues they discussed covered the whole world.
MARTIN SIEFF, UPI Senior News Analyst

Russian military denies resignations

MOSCOW, Nov. 30 (UPI) -- The Russian Defense Ministry called reports that top officers have resigned to protest proposed reforms "brazen lies" Saturday.

Helsinki talks show U.S., Russia still lead world

WASHINGTON, Nov. 26 (UPI) -- Almost two months before President-elect Barack Obama takes office, U.S. and Russian diplomats already have been meeting quietly in Moscow to explore the possibility of a new negotiating process to defuse tensions between the two thermonuclear superpowers over U.S. plans to deploy ballistic missile defense systems in Central Europe.
MARTIN SIEFF, UPI Senior News Analyst

Russia announces base staffing

MOSCOW, Nov. 19 (UPI) -- Russia reports it has fully staffed two military bases established in Georgia's disputed republics of Abkhazia and South Ossetia.

U.S., Russia still doing military business

MOSCOW, Nov. 3 (UPI) -- The "military summit" talks held in Helsinki, Finland, in October between the chiefs of staff of the Russian and U.S. armed forces had far-reaching implications.
NIKITA PETROV, UPI Outside View Commentator
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