The US will respond to the launch of the "Turkish stream" by the war in the Mediterranean Sea


Amid joyful News about the complete readiness for launching one of the most important energy projects in Russia - the Turkish Stream gas pipeline, which carries our "blue fuel" to Europe, statements from the ocean, as usual, are a pretty "fly in the ointment" in this pre-holiday "barrel of honey" . And even, frankly, not with a spoon, but with a capacity of a much larger volume, capable of not only seriously spoiling the prospects for the supply of domestic energy to the main market for their consumption, but also plunging the Mediterranean region into a large-scale and bloody military confrontation with poorly predicted consequences.


Washington once again proves that it will not stop at nothing on the path to realizing its goal of ousting Russia from world energy markets. In the most literal sense ...

Reasons for extreme measures


We are talking about the adoption by the US Congress of a "set of measures", the purpose of which, without any hindrance, is proclaimed "the United States taking the place of a key player in the gas market in the Mediterranean region" and, of course, "a significant weakening of Russia's position in this region." Neither more nor less ... Methods to achieve these ambitious goals are proposed, frankly, quite peculiar. On the whole, according to the congressmen, the main emphasis will be on "strengthening ties with Israel, Greece and Cyprus in the areas of security and energy", but the specific points of the alleged "cooperation" make one doubt that the word "security" in In this case, it is generally appropriate. The US, first of all, is going to lift the arms embargo on Cyprus, which is in a state of "frozen" Turkish-Greek conflict, and in addition "expand military assistance for Greece." Senator Bob Mendeses, who belongs to the category of Capitol Hill residents who have itchy hands with a fire and a sword to defend “national American interests”, ignoring the consequences, has already stated that the decisions made are nothing more than “the dawn of a new day for policy USA in the Eastern Mediterranean. " Your will, Mr. Senator, only in the current geopolitical “alignment” over the region you have mentioned, we will soon see the flames of fires than any kind of “dawn”. According to the tension accumulated there, the Mediterranean is already quite comparable to a powder keg. Washington is in a hurry to stick a flaming torch into it ...

War, as you know, is a continuation of “other means” of politics. Or, which is even more relevant these days, economics. This is a common truth. However, no less axiomatic is the fact that any armed conflict, even for the most powerful country, carries a whole range of inevitable risks, from purely military to foreign and financial. What factors compel the United States to take steps that almost inevitably lead to military escalation in the Mediterranean? First of all, here, perhaps, it is worth mentioning that the "gas expansion" of the Americans in Europe today is developing, to put it mildly, not in the most successful way. Yes, LNG imports in the Old World really didn’t just grow, but soared, increasing by 75% in the third quarter of this year, compared to the same period last year. “Well-wishers” of Russia like to mention this often and with great “relish” (especially in Ukraine), however, they are silent about another point: during this time the USA did not increase its export even by half a percent, moreover, it “slipped” in the ranking of liquefied gas suppliers for Europeans from third to fourth, losing to Nigeria! Russia, as before, ranks second in terms of export volumes after Qatar. Of course, the “reins” that fell under the tails of the presidential jacket are the upcoming launch of the Turkish Stream, which will further shift the balance towards our country. There are other reasons prompting Washington to act extremely tough and quick, but we will talk about them a little lower.

Turkish coast grapple. Or Cypriot?


Today, the Mediterranean region, and, to be absolutely exact, its natural resources, and, above all, energy reserves, are in a stage of extremely intense redivision. And the United States is extremely displeased with the results. Thus, the Syrian government announced the start of large-scale exploration work to find new oil and gas fields that will be carried out on the Mediterranean shelf. In "close cooperation" with the relevant Russian companies, of course. Recall that the contract with our company Soyuzneftegaz for the exploration of energy deposits in Syrian territorial waters was signed back in 2013. The war is almost over - it's time to get down to peace. However, Washington’s recent distinction between Turkey and Libya (represented by the Government of National Accord (PNS) led by Fayez Sarraj), the distinction of the sea zones, according to the results of which the Turkish side claims to those parts of the Mediterranean bottom that consider Cyprus and Greece. Quarrels and conflicts between Ankara and Athens over the extraction of mineral resources off the coast of the “disputed” island have been going on for a long time, but recently they have gained a special intensity. It has almost reached the “pushing by the sides” of exploration vessels in waters, which both Greeks and Turks consider to be their own exclusive economic zone. Representatives of world energy companies interested in developing the shelf appeared the first there, with the filing of the Government of Cyprus, and the Turks made a “retaliatory move”, despite the threats of sanctions that were distinctly heard from the European Union.

Is it in such a situation that military ships will replace the peaceful ships of geologists? Not at all, especially when you consider that for some time now, at least one of the parties to the conflict - Athens, the United States has been pushing for a "force" solution. Naturally, with today's balance of power, Greece is unlikely to dare to challenge its long-standing, one might say, historical opponents. However, with Washington’s support behind, it might take a chance. The most piquant in this situation is that both conflicting countries are part of the NATO bloc. What to do in this case with the famous 5th article of the charter of the North Atlantic bloc is decidedly incomprehensible. But in addition to the above, there are other "players" who are trying in this situation to maximize the benefits in their own interests. According to available information, on January 2 of next year, it is planned to sign an agreement on the construction of the Eastern Mediterranean gas pipeline, which Israel, Greece and Cyprus intend to conclude. On this highway, with a length of about 2 thousand kilometers, it is planned to supply annually to southern Europe from 12 to 16 billion cubic meters of gas from the Israeli Leviathan field and the Cyprus Aphrodite. It should be noted that in Tel Aviv, the implementation of this project is of great importance, and not so much even economically, but geopolitically. Some local politicians are already talking about the fact that the supply of Israeli "blue fuel" to Europe will give grounds to count on "enhanced counter-terrorism partnership", aimed not only against Iran, but also against Turkey. And some say Israel’s prospects of becoming one of the "dominant military and economic forces in the Mediterranean."

Russia impose a war of all against all


Interestingly, the energy project mentioned above enjoys the full and unconditional support of Washington. It would seem: here is another competitor to American LNG in Europe. The market is great there, but not rubber ... Why, then, is the United States, ready to gnaw Russian gas pipelines, almost applauding the Israeli? The answer to this simple riddle is simple: the United States will certainly allocate a share in European energy supplies to its “best friends” from Tel Aviv by completely “knocking out” our country from this market. It doesn’t work out in any other way ... Everything that Washington is doing today is primarily directed against Russia. Unless it has as its purpose to slander China ... US plans aimed at fomenting tension in the Mediterranean region are by no means limited to intentions to "roughly punish" the recent growing disrespect for Washington Ankara. For the sake of this alone, they would not even “unfreeze” the conflict in Cyprus, or would limit themselves to this maximum. Here everything is more complicated and multifaceted, apparently, the “maximum program” in this case includes the collision of everyone: Turkey, Greece, Libya, Israel, and, of course, Russia. Judge for yourself: Moscow managed to find a compromise with Ankara in Syria, but in Libya their interests threaten to diverge diametrically. Now Athens is pouring oil into this fire: not so long ago, the Commander-in-Chief of the Libyan National Army personally visited Field Marshal Khalifa Haftar. Naturally, in search of support against the PNS and Turkey behind it. Military, including.

Russia is in a more than awkward position in this situation. It is no secret that the favor of our country is leaning more on the side of Haftar than Sarraj. However, the conflict with Turkey in Russia also "does not smile" on any side - that is, with the military, with the political, with the economic. It is extremely undesirable to spoil relations with Greece. This country, after all, is Orthodox, and even if it can hardly be attributed to our “friends” in the European Union, but at least it does not show the consistent hostility that many of its other members. Moscow succeeds in maintaining peace and relative agreement with Israel, frankly, at the cost of enormous endurance and despite the extremely provocative actions of Tel Aviv in Syria. If this country also “dives” into the brewing maelstrom of the conflict in the Mediterranean (and it will most likely be), then not only this region, but many others will risk becoming a blazing and fire-breathing volcano. The Middle East is above all. All the titanic efforts of our country, aimed at establishing at least relative peace and tranquility there, can go down the drain. Ultimately, Russia will either have to curtail its presence in this region, putting an end to its barely gained leadership status, or inevitably get involved in a series of military conflicts, most of which will be fraught with much greater material and human losses than the Syrian campaign.

For the umpteenth time in history, the United States has proved by its actions that the local politicians see a better solution to any of their own problems as a war in Europe. Let the Turks mate with the Greeks, Libyans and Israelis, and the Russians will have to disentangle all this! Anyway, we will later declare them guilty of everything that happened ... It’s hard to say today what the success of the next villainy conceived in Washington is, but its consequences will now have to be taken into account anyway.
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  1. Bulanov Offline
    Bulanov (Vladimir) 27 December 2019 09: 04
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    Let the Turks mate with the Greeks?

    - After a series of unfriendly attacks by Greece towards Russia, Russia can simply wash its hands. Why intervene in a NATO showdown? To oppose one of the NATO countries is to bring the whole bloc against yourself. Well, let them mutuzut each other, rascals ...
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    Glenni (Andrei) 27 December 2019 09: 06
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    Let the Turks mate with the Greeks, Libyans and Israelis, and the Russians will have to disentangle all this!

    What kind of Russians do you need, that’s the question?
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  4. kriten Offline
    kriten (Vladimir) 27 December 2019 09: 50
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    Russia needs to calmly observe other people's wars: neither the Greeks, nor the Turks, nor Cyprus are our allies. Let them quarrel. And in Libya, the powerless marshal is also a useless candidate for allies. But when we run into our interests, we must respond so harshly that we are forced to flee to hell. In the meantime, we see how Israel’s bombing our base with impunity ... What, GDP under Netanyahu went ???
    1. Arkharov Offline
      Arkharov (Grigory Arkharov) 27 December 2019 18: 30
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      When did Israel bomb our base? What are you talking about? Holidays?
  5. sixo75 Offline
    sixo75 (Irakli) 27 December 2019 12: 32
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    This is the fault of Russia itself, which Russia has done with Ukraine and Georgia, with its brothers, even if it pays for it.
    1. boriz Offline
      boriz (boriz) 27 December 2019 13: 56
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      Are you brothers? When our children were killed in Tskhinval, something was not remembered about the brotherhood. Now your guilt has long been recognized at the UN level. So take it easy. Ask back - no one will let go.
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  6. g1washntwn Offline
    g1washntwn (George Washington) 27 December 2019 12: 41
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    For some reason, no one is considering options other than war and escalation. Yes, in the Mediterranean now they are actively sharing the cake of the unkilled bear (offshore gas / oil). But the Turks may surprise with flexibility. Own deposits near Cyprus are not yet a fact that it is more profitable for gas / oil pipelines from Syria and Iran. Against the backdrop of transit, de-escalation is quite possible not only in Cyprus, but also on the Kurdish issue. It would be a bilateral desire, and bad claims and desires of the third star-streaming side, if there is a will and mind in the head, can be pushed far and for a long time.
  7. boriz Offline
    boriz (boriz) 27 December 2019 13: 47
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    An interesting situation has developed: no matter how Americans try to harm the Russian Federation, it turns out to harm themselves.
    At first they forced China to work more closely with Russia. Then, with sanctions against SP-2, Germany is pushed to our side. Now they will achieve that Turkey will stop letting ships under the mattress flag into the Black Sea. Their concerns for TP.
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    Dedok (Sergei) 27 December 2019 14: 43
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    Quote: boriz
    An interesting situation has developed: no matter how Americans try to harm the Russian Federation, it turns out to harm themselves.
    At first they forced China to work more closely with Russia. Then, with sanctions against SP-2, Germany is pushed to our side. Now they will achieve that Turkey will stop letting ships under the mattress flag into the Black Sea. Their concerns for TP.

    You are confusing: this is WE went to China - after the sanctions of Europe, and Germany - will not go to us, especially Turkey.
    1. boriz Offline
      boriz (boriz) 27 December 2019 15: 30
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      You just don't want to see the obvious. The Power of Siberia Treaty was signed in May 2014. It is clear that preparations began much earlier. And he will give Russia more than China. NWP China asked us to help establish recently. It was China that asked. And, for sure, they do not help him for bare money. Shaking with technology. Stopping SP-2 is as much a nuisance for Germany as it is for us. And they have already begun to snap back. A deputy from AdG recalled that LNG in the United States is produced by an environmentally hazardous method banned in the EU. And, since the USA cares about the economic security of Germany, then Germany also needs to take care of the US ecology. For example, increase duties on LNG or completely ban.
      Well, the Turks have already bought S-400, and the recognition of the Armenian Genocide in the USA will not improve relations either. Already promised to throw the United States from the Turkish air force bases.
      There are many other facts. You can not see them only if you specifically close your eyes.
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  10. gorenina91 Online
    gorenina91 (Irina) 27 December 2019 17: 51
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    On this highway, with a length of about 2 thousand kilometers, it is planned to supply annually to southern Europe from 12 to 16 billion cubic meters of gas from the Israeli Leviathan field and the Cyprus Aphrodite. It should be noted that in Tel Aviv, the implementation of this project is of great importance, and not so much even economically, but geopolitically.

    - Well, if Israel breaks into a gas scam .. then it’s great to bring its end closer ...
    - Today Israel can bluff with might and main ... - bomb a weak neighboring unprotected state when it wants (as soon as it comes up with another "reason") and thereby maintain the image of a supposedly powerful military invulnerable state ... -But so far no one has this "Israeli power" I really didn’t try a tooth ... -All of them are some kind of poorly organized and poorly trained (albeit not badly armed USSR) "Arab rati" ... -And all this has been for quite some time ...
    - But Israel never had a chance to encounter Turkey and Iran ... -And judging by the frequent visits of Israeli representatives to Moscow .., Israel does not want to “encounter” them at all ...
    - And if Israel also starts to build gas pipelines, it will very soon suffer the sad fate of Gazprom ... -Well, Gazprom very soon will disappear altogether, evaporate; but can Israel evaporate as much as Gazprom ...- Hahah ...
    1. Arkharov Offline
      Arkharov (Grigory Arkharov) 28 December 2019 11: 10
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      Until now, few people in our country know that one of the main reasons for the perestroika was the defeat that Israeli aviation carried out on the Syrian air defense system in the Lebanese Bekaa valley on June 9-10, 1982. The system was, of course, one hundred percent Soviet, and the latest at that time. It was impossible to attribute the catastrophe to the usual incapacity of the Arabs: even the Israelis admitted that the Syrians fought well this time, in addition, Soviet instructors were sitting next to the Syrians in the booths of the destroyed air defense systems. It’s just that the enemy fought in a new way, and we fought in the old way.

      Alexander Khramchikhin. Deputy Director of the Institute for Political and Military Analysis.
      The article "Military Construction in Russia", "Banner" magazine 2005, ¹12
    2. gorenina91 Online
      gorenina91 (Irina) 28 December 2019 11: 37
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      - To all of the above, I can add that ... what ... what ... that few people know that

      in June 1982, the largest air battle since the Second World War broke out in the sky over Lebanon, in which the Israeli army for the first time and successfully used drones to destroy enemy air defense.
      According to Soviet military experts, such a dense concentration of missile and artillery air defense forces was not anywhere in the world. The main purpose of these forces was to cover the Syrian forces in the Lebanese Bekaa Valley, where at least 600 tanks were concentrated.
      Operation "Artsav" to destroy enemy air defense systems began at 4 a.m. on June 9, 1982. 4 hours before the first strike, the Israeli Air Force intensified all types of reconnaissance (radio, radar, television) with tactical aircraft, radio reconnaissance and early warning radar (DRL) aircraft and AQM-34 drones, Mastiff and Scout.
      - Field reconnaissance and observation. To accomplish this task, some modifications of the drones were equipped with a TV camera and a communication system capable of transmitting a continuous stream of images. This allowed the Israeli commanders of all levels to have a clear idea of ​​the real situation on the battlefield and to coordinate the joint actions of the ground forces and the Air Force.

      - Identification of the operating frequencies of radar stations and radar guidance systems of Syrian missile systems. The drones intercepted and analyzed the enemy radar radiation and relayed them to ground stations or airplanes.

      - Simulators of RF radiation that reflected radar radiation of such intensity as if it were attack aircraft.

      - Target designation. Drones were equipped with laser and infrared rangefinders, target indicators to illuminate targets designed to attack missiles with laser and infrared guidance.

      - False targets and jammers. Shimson drones were used as false targets. They called on the fire of the Syrian air defense systems and thereby diverted it from attack aircraft. On June 9, dozens of such false targets were dropped. On the radar screen, they create a full-size airplane mark.

      As soon as the drone detected the air defense system’s battery and transmitted its image to the ground command, two more UAVs rose into the air: one as a false target imitating an attacking plane to force the enemy’s air defense battery to turn on radiation, the second equipped with equipment for intercepting radiation from a radar station ( Radar) SAM.

      The received information on the radiation parameters was processed by the on-board computers of the E-2C Hawkeye AWACS aircraft, which provided data for guiding anti-radar missiles to the identified targets.
      An hour before the strike, the Israelis began to set up passive electronic jamming on the 150-200 km front; in 12 minutes - intense interference with communication systems and air defense control systems; in 5-7 minutes - active interference of high power, suppressing enemy radar reconnaissance equipment.
      Then began the total destruction of the Syrian air defense systems. Attacks on Syrian positions were carried out by ground-to-ground missiles, long-range and rocket artillery, using ball and cluster munitions, which have the ability to aim at a target using infrared and laser beams.
      When the Syrians, trying to remove the air defense systems from the anti-radar missiles, turned off their radar, the Israelites lifted drones with a laser target and the attack aircraft, armed with AGM-65 Maverick missiles with a laser homing head, attacked the blinded air defense systems. After 10-12 minutes after a missile strike on Syrian positions, about 100 aircraft were hit. Israeli aviation operated in groups of 2-6 fighter-bombers. Skyhawks, Kfirs (Israeli-made aircraft), Phantoms, and F-16s fired using conventional, cluster, ball, and cumulative bombs, as well as guided and homing missiles, specially modified for the operating frequencies of the Syrian radar.

      Thus, during the day of the “Artsav” operation, the Israelis destroyed 19 Syrian anti-aircraft missile divisions.
      At the same time, the largest air battle was unfolding in the sky of Lebanon. On both sides about 350 aircraft took part in it, and at the same time 120-200 aircraft were engaged in air battles. The battle turned into a real carnage: the Israelis shot down about 7 MiG-11, MiG-90 and Su-21 aircraft in aerial battles on June 23-22, without losing a single plane.

      The use of unmanned aerial vehicles during the “Artsav” operation made it possible to solve a whole range of tasks of all types of reconnaissance, electronic warfare, and targeting. Israeli commanders at all levels received real-time information from the battlefield. For the first time, the tactics of using drones and coordinating the joint actions of drones, ground forces and the Air Force were worked out.
      At the same time, the largest air battle was unfolding in the sky of Lebanon. On both sides about 350 aircraft took part in it, and at the same time 120-200 aircraft were engaged in air battles. The battle turned into a real massacre: the Israelis shot down about 7 MiG-11, MiG-90 and Su-21 aircraft in air battles on June 23-22.

      - To this we can only add that then there was a mighty USSR and then ...- made such miscalculations ...
      - And today .., there is little hope that the lessons from all this have been learned and, in which case, the Russian army will remain at the highest level ... -Just specialists are needed of the highest class, and not “troechniks” who somehow finished the military schools; and not the pilots who plow the Syrian desert without any interference ...
      1. qpeqop Offline
        qpeqop (Sergei) 28 December 2019 13: 21
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        The real misfortune of Russia is that by its nature it is too humane. A powerful DEFENSE system was built in Lebanon. Israel, in principle, no one wanted to do harm. But Israel was so bloodthirsty, the degree of this bloodthirstiness was even difficult to foresee. Now we know this degree of cold animal bloodthirstiness. And if something happens, the question can already be put on knocking out teeth from all the jaws of this hyena. And that could already be fatal.
        1. qpeqop Offline
          qpeqop (Sergei) 28 December 2019 13: 44
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          If the USSR had built its military doctrine on a surprise attack on Israel and prepared in advance for such an attack, believe me, it would have been much cheaper and more successful. But the USSR is not like that. He is too large and powerful to stoop to such abominations.
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            qpeqop (Sergei) 28 December 2019 15: 04
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            And in general, in confrontation with the "cultural, democratic" West, we stumble upon a whole set of non-gentlemanly tricks, such as meanness, outright deceit, the use of generosity to the detriment of its use, and so on. Is it not meanness to use snipers (in Riga, Tbilisi, Kiev, Caracas) and kill innocent people, blaming the enemy? Is it not meanness to take the lives of passengers of liners in order to create political problems for the adversary (South Korean liner, MN-17)? Is it not a meanness to deceive the world community by shaking a test tube with white powder from high stands to create false staged fakes using chemical weapons in Syria? Enumerate such "heroism" of the "civilized" West, there is not enough space. And how then to respect this West? Vile and vile to nausea. And some are proud of it.
        2. gorenina91 Online
          gorenina91 (Irina) 28 December 2019 13: 50
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          - Your aspirations and hopes sound good .., but, unfortunately, ...- it is just impossible today ...
          - That's all very, very waiting ...- when, finally, the Syrians of our air defense finally begin to shoot down Israeli planes and why they are not shot down ...
          - And how to shoot them down ??? - For this we need a whole security system, a whole complex, a whole concept of absolute secrecy ... etc ... etc ...
          - And Syria is a passage yard, where spies, scouts, informants of various stripes work for Israeli, American, Turkish and other intelligence without any difficulty ... -And informants are traitors not only in the headquarters of the Syrian army (there’s nothing to say about it ), and among our valiant Russian troops ... -practically all the data is in full view ... -And our intelligence can boast of secret data about the Israeli army ... -It is unlikely ...
          - And when our IL-20 was essentially shot down by our own air defense .., then it becomes clear to the hedgehog that the Israeli intelligence is doing everything in Syria that it wants ...
          - You can ... of course, be indignant and pronounce formidable panegyrics (cheers-patriots have always been in abundance, especially when these patriots themselves are safe) .., but nothing will change from this ...
          - You just need to proceed from real possibilities ...
          1. qpeqop Offline
            qpeqop (Sergei) 28 December 2019 13: 55
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            However, the presence and testing in Syria of our Su-57s went unnoticed for the West. So, their agents are not all-powerful.
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              qpeqop (Sergei) 28 December 2019 14: 01
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              In pursuit of power and scale, we sometimes make fatal omissions in the small. At one time in Afghanistan ran into the Stingers. In Syria, ran into drones. But we are learning. Although this study is expensive.
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              gorenina91 (Irina) 28 December 2019 14: 11
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              - What other Su-57 ??? - Well, this is just ridiculous ... -But for you personally, as it became known ..- from our media ???
              - It's funny ... -You yourself know a lot about Su-57 ??? - What engine does it fly ???
              - It’s been ten years since they can’t bring it to mind ...- it was like it was in raw form ...- it remained in that form ... - But the whole world knows that ... what ... that ... that this Su-57 began to be assembled by KnAAZ (Komsomolsk-on-Amur Aviation Plant named after Yu. A. Gagarin) ... - Great Russia, but there was no other place ... as closer to the Chinese ...
              - And for the Chinese in Daln. It seems that in the East there are no forbidden places at all ... and it seems that in all of Russia ... there are none for them ... - they are everywhere ...
              - Well, draw your own conclusions ... - Alas ...
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                qpeqop (Sergei) 28 December 2019 14: 15
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                And what new developments did without problems? Any problems are gradually solved. Bring to mind the engines. And they did not cope with such tasks.
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    Arkharov (Grigory Arkharov) 27 December 2019 18: 28
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    What kind of war? What is the next nonsense?
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  15. Roman Soloviev Offline
    Roman Soloviev (Roman Soloviev) 28 December 2019 03: 59
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    Only after Russia has gained economic sovereignty can this issue be resolved.
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    AN Tour (An Tur) 28 December 2019 14: 55
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    In 1840, the First Opium War began. The British decided by force to force the Manchu Empire (now China) to allow the import and sale of English opium. Manchuria lost both the First and Second Opium Wars, and opium surged into the country. As a result, millions of Chinese were killed. The Americans are no different now. For the advantages for their products, they are ready and able to kill not only competitors, but also buyers.
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    Aleksis Miller (Aleksis Miller) 28 December 2019 15: 02
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    Russia, like a Russian woman of easy virtue, betrayed Greece to lick Turkey’s ass, so now the Russians want Greece to remain friendly! ????
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