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Medvedev Replaces Russian Military Intelligence Chief

On Friday, April 24, Russian President Dmitry Medvedev sent into retirement the head of the Chief Intelligence Directorate (GRU) General Valentin Korabelnikov. The 63-year-old Korabelnikov, who had been heading the GRU since 1997, is replaced with his deputy, Lieutenant General Alexander Shlyakhturov. The RIA Novosti... MORE

Poland, Norway and Turkey to Share Early Warning Radar Data with Russia

At a news conference held in the town of Białystok (eastern Poland) late on Thursday, April 23, Polish Defense Minister Bogdan Klich unveiled the details of the trilateral initiative by Poland, Norway and Turkey to share early warning radar data with Russia. As envisioned, a... MORE

NATO Exercises Conclude in Azerbaijan

The Regional Response 2009 military exercises, which are carried out in the framework of NATO's Partnership for Peace (PfP) program, conclude in Azerbaijan this weekend. The exercises commenced on April 18 and are due to end on April 26. Focused on multinational peacekeeping operations and... MORE

Russia to Increase Military Presence in Kyrgyzstan

Today Nikolai Bordyuzha, the Secretary General of the Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO) – the Russia-dominated military-political grouping of former Soviet states comprising Armenia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan – announced that Russia decided to increase its air force assets at Kant air base in... MORE

Israel-Russia UAV Deal Reflects Conflicting Rationales and Interests

In early April, Israel agreed to the $50 million deal to supply Russia with three different types of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs). According to the details of the agreement leaked to the press, the Israeli state-owned company Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) will provide Russia with... MORE