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Medvedev defends actions in Georgia war

Medvedev defends actions in Georgia war

MOSCOW, Aug. 8 (UPI) -- Dmitry Medvedev said Wednesday he took action "quickly enough" during Russia's 2008 war with Georgia amid accusations he waited too long to send in troops.

Russia's new top general

MOSCOW, June 10 (UPI) -- On June 3, 2008, a serious reshuffle took place in Russia's military establishment: Army Gen. Yury Baluyevsky stepped down as chief of the General Staff to become deputy secretary of the national Security Council.
ILYA KRAMNIK, UPI Outside View Commentator

Defense Focus: Makarov's mission -- Part 3

WASHINGTON, June 9 (UPI) -- Russia's defense minister and the nation's new armed forces chief of staff want to dramatically improve the living conditions of Russian servicemen to fulfill a vital policy plank for Prime Minister Vladimir Putin.
MARTIN SIEFF, UPI Senior News Analyst

Defense Focus: Makarov's mission -- Part 2

WASHINGTON, June 6 (UPI) -- Russia's new armed forces chief of staff has been charged with making his country's military more modern, high-tech, better fed and paid -- and far more effective.
MARTIN SIEFF, UPI Senior News Analyst

Defense Focus: Makarov's mission -- Part 1

WASHINGTON, June 5 (UPI) -- Gen. Nikolai Makarov has replaced tough, old Gen. Yury Baluyevsky as the chief of staff of Russia's armed forces and has been tasked with rapidly modernizing them -- but the odds are against him.
MARTIN SIEFF, UPI Senior News Analyst

Russia-China row -- Part 2

MOSCOW, June 3 (UPI) -- There are several reasons for the recent problems in Russian-Chinese military technical cooperation. One was Russia's failure to deliver on a $1.5 billion order for 34 Il-76MD Candid transport and landing aircraft and four Il-78 Midas flying tankers.
NIKITA PETROV, UPI Outside View Commentator

CFE battles -- Part 2

MOSCOW, May 30 (UPI) -- The idea voiced by General of the Army Yury Baluyevsky, chief of staff of the Russian armed forces, at this year's annual meeting of the Russia-NATO Council is aimed at breaking the current deadlock over the Treaty on Conventional Armed Forces in Europe.
NIKITA PETROV, UPI Outside View Commentator

CFE battles -- Part 1

MOSCOW, May 29 (UPI) -- General of the Army Yury Baluyevsky, chief of staff of the Russian armed forces, has returned from Brussels, where he took part in the annual summit of the Russia-NATO Council that was held earlier this month. At the summit, Baluyevsky proposed to his colleagues a way out of the deadlock over the Treaty on Conventional Armed Forces in Europe.
NIKITA PETROV, UPI Outside View Commentator

Iran and ABMs

MOSCOW, May 5 (UPI) -- On May 2, the foreign ministers of Russia, China, the United States, Britain, France and Germany met in London to discuss a diplomatic solution to Iran's nuclear problem.
ANDREI KISLYAKOV, UPI Outside View Commentator

Ukraine urges Russia to end threats

KIEV, Ukraine, April 12 (UPI) -- The Ukrainian Foreign Ministry said Saturday Russia should "stop the practice of threats" over Ukraine's attempts to join NATO.

Russia warily eyes NATO plans

MOSCOW, April 11 (UPI) -- Russia says it would have to strengthen border security if Georgia and Ukraine join NATO.

Russia's top general quits

MOSCOW, April 4 (UPI) -- It was reported last month that chief of the General Staff of the Russian Armed Forces, four-star Army Gen. Yury Baluyevsky was going to retire. There was no official denial of this report, and political analysts have interpreted it as valid.
NIKITA PETROV, UPI Outside View Commentator

ABM talks deadlock -- Part 2

MOSCOW, March 26 (UPI) -- Sources in the Russian Defense Ministry are very dubious about the new U.S. proposals. Off the record, they insist that all proposals brought by U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates to Moscow this time do not change the gist of the problem.
NIKITA PETROV, UPI Outside View Commentator
Russian military chief tenders resignation

Russian military chief tenders resignation

MOSCOW, March 25 (UPI) -- The head of the Russian military said he tendered his resignation following a row with the defense minister over the restructuring of the armed forces.

Defense Focus: Land war threats -- Part 1

WASHINGTON, Feb. 13 (UPI) -- Since the collapse of communism it has been widely assumed by U.S. policymakers that gigantic, full-scale land wars on major continents involving hundreds of thousands or even millions of troops have become inconceivable.
MARTIN SIEFF, UPI Senior News Analyst
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General of the Army Yury Nikolayevich Baluyevsky (Russian: Юрий Николаевич Балуевский; born 9 January 1947 at Truskavets in the Ukrainian SSR) was the First Deputy Minister of Defense and Chief of the General Staff of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation from July 2004 to 2008.

In 1970, he graduated from the Leningrad joint-arms command college, in 1980, from the Frunze Academy and in 1990, from the General Staff Academy. From 1970 to 1982, Baluyevsky served with the Soviet Army's Ground Forces, advancing from commander of a motorized rifle platoon to senior officer of a military district operations department. He spent some time with the Group of Soviet Forces in Germany.

From 1982 to 1997, Baluyevsky held positions at the General Staff, the Defense Ministry and in the Group of Russian Forces of the Transcaucasus. In August 1997, he was appointed chief of the General Staff main operations department, and in July 2004, chief of staff of the Armed Forces and first deputy defense minister. Following the controversial tenure of General Anatoly Kvashnin, General Baluyevsky was seen as a lower-profile officer with good strategic planning skills, according to the Jamestown Federation.

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