>Communist Bloc Military Updates: Russian Navy resumes constant presence in world’s oceans, NATO member Greece buys Russian BMP-3 fighting vehicles

>Neo-Soviet Russia’s remilitarization not only extends to the resumption of permament strategic bomber patrols, which we are covering on a continuous basis, but also the modernization and redeployment of the Russian Navy’s four fleets–Northern, Baltic, Black Sea, and Pacific. Taking into account the reality of Kremlin propaganda in which weakness is feigned when strong, World Net Daily reported in 2001 on the allegedly sorry state of the aging Soviet Navy: “Only 40 percent to 60 percent of personnel are able to fulfill their assignments due to aging and to often inoperable ships and equipment. But the Putin government is gambling that with enough money and technology it can rebuild Russian sea power.” Four years later the Russian Navy’s Pacific Fleet participated in the Sino-Soviet Peace Mission 2005 war game. The same year the People’s Daily Online, which is the mouthpiece of the Communist Party of China, described the Russian Navy as the world’s second-most powerful after that of the USA. A list of active ships can be found here. The Russian Navy plans three exercises in the Mediterranean Sea between now and February 2008.

Russian Navy resumes constant presence in world’s oceans
20:3805/ 12/ 2007

MOSCOW, December 5 (RIA Novosti) – Russia’s Navy has resumed its continual presence in different regions of the world’s oceans, Defense Minister Anatoly Serdyukov told the president at a meeting in the Kremlin on Wednesday.

“There are plans to dispatch ships to the northeast Atlantic and the Mediterranean Sea from now to February 3, 2008. The expedition is aimed at ensuring a naval presence and establishing conditions for secure Russian navigation,” Serdyukov told Vladimir Putin.

The minister said an aircraft-carrying heavy cruiser, two anti-submarine ships and a tanker left for the Mediterranean on Wednesday, where they will be joined by a Black Sea Fleet missile cruiser and a tanker.

Serdyukov said a total of four warships and seven other vessels of Russia’s Northern, Black Sea and Baltic fleets, as well as 47 planes and 10 helicopters, have been dispatched for the mission. Three exercises, involving the vessels and aircraft, are being planned.

In mid-August, Putin announced the resumption of strategic patrol flights, saying that although the country halted long-distance strategic flights to remote regions in 1992 with the collapse of the Soviet Union and the ensuing economic and political chaos, other nations had continued the practice, compromising Russian national security.

Russia’s strategic bombers have since carried out over 70 patrol flights over the Pacific, Atlantic, and Arctic oceans, as well as the Black Sea, a senior Air Force official said on Tuesday, adding that NATO interceptor aircraft had escorted Russian bombers during almost all their patrols.

Source: Novosti

Meanwhile, NATO member Greece is purchasing Russian BMP-3 infantry fighting vehicles for US$1.76 billion. State-run Novosti reports: “The purchase would be one of the largest arms deals between Russia and a NATO member state. In the 1990s, Greece acquired over $1 billion worth of Russian weapons. Russian Air Defense system TOR-M1, Kornet and Fagot antitank weapons are in service with the Greek Armed Forces.” Greece’s conservative Prime Minister Costas Karamanlis plans to visit Russia between December 17 and 19.

PM Karamanlis blamed “extremists” for the massive wildfires that scorched Greece this past August, only weeks before the September 16 parliamentary election. Greek communists have waged a low-level insurgency against the government since that country’s civil war (1946-1949). Although the official communist party (KKE) fielded candidates in the recent election, doubling its representation, the clandestine Revolutionary Organization 17th November (N17) continued the red insurgency throughout the 1970s, 1980s, and 1990s. Since 2003, after the conviction of 15 N17 terrorists, the torch of Marxist revolution appears to have been passed to Revolutionary Struggle. According to analyst George Kassimeris, in a 1977 manifesto N17 critized both the KKE and KKE Interior parties for reconciling themselves to the “bourgoise” political structure:

17N attacked all mainstream political parties, especially the two Greek communist parties (KKE). The group charged that the KKE and the KKE interior had become fully reconciled to the political institutions and practices of the post-1974 regime and were continuing the work of the Karamanlis government by effectively sabotaging the dynamics of class struggle. Looking back on the seven years of the military junta, 17N also said that KKE resistance against the dictators was non-existent.

The division between the gun-wielding communists of N17/Revolutionary Struggle and the parliamentary wing of the Greek communist movement should be viewed sceptically. The division is more than likely tactical, not ideological.

Incidentally, the “Karamanlis government” mentioned above refers to PM Konstantinos Karamanlis, uncle of the current head of government.

2 responses to “>Communist Bloc Military Updates: Russian Navy resumes constant presence in world’s oceans, NATO member Greece buys Russian BMP-3 fighting vehicles

  1. mah29001 December 5, 2007 at 9:23 pm

    >Looks like the Kremlin is eyeing to control the Mediterranean. Though it’s no secret the Mediterranean has always been a key point to control for the reasons of trade and it seems like the Kremlin during World War III may wish to take control knowing that it has control over the pro-Communist supercontinental intergration organizations such as the European Union and also the African Union which both groups border the Mediterranean.

  2. mah29001 December 6, 2007 at 3:08 am

    >I have also read somewhere in Greek history that the Communist Party of Greece was controlling the “pro-democracy” movements which eventually ousted the authoritarian Regime of the Colonels.No surprise that Greece would lean to be pro-Kremlin with this episode.

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