Communist Bloc Military Updates/Africa/Asia Files: Dictator Lukashenko approves joint military exercise with Russia on Belarusian soil between Sept. 14-20, Zapad 2017 to not exceed 13,000 Union State troops, NATO observers to be welcomed; Russian Armed Forces carries out “unprecedented” land, air, sea drills in occupied Crimea, 2,500 VDV troops, 600 pieces of equipment deployed; Moscow-Beijing Axis advances with sale of 24 Russian-built Su-35 fighter jets to Red China, along with deliveries of S-400 air defense batteries, set to begin in 2018; new equipment will expand PLA’s reach across Taiwan Strait, counter air assets of US allies in S. and E. China Seas; Russia denies purported intent to buy 2 French-built amphibious assault ships originally slated for Russian Navy but sold to Egypt, even though Russia has now deployed special forces to Egypt-Libya border, plans delivery in 2017 of 46 Ka-52 attack helos for Mistrals, currently moored in Alexandria; Russia reconsolidates Cold War-era influence over SE Asia: Communist Vietnam signs FTA with Eurasian Economic Union, reiterates interest in purchasing Russian weaponry; Moscow cultivates new clients among traditional US allies in region, sells Su-35s to Indonesia, 3 Sukhoi Superjet SSJ-100 aircraft to Thailand; Bangkok also considers procuring armored vehicles, air defense systems, Mi-17 helos, and Yak-130, Su-30 and Be-200 aircraft; Philippines expresses interest in buying helos, fast boats, UAVs, small weapons

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One response to “Communist Bloc Military Updates/Africa/Asia Files: Dictator Lukashenko approves joint military exercise with Russia on Belarusian soil between Sept. 14-20, Zapad 2017 to not exceed 13,000 Union State troops, NATO observers to be welcomed; Russian Armed Forces carries out “unprecedented” land, air, sea drills in occupied Crimea, 2,500 VDV troops, 600 pieces of equipment deployed; Moscow-Beijing Axis advances with sale of 24 Russian-built Su-35 fighter jets to Red China, along with deliveries of S-400 air defense batteries, set to begin in 2018; new equipment will expand PLA’s reach across Taiwan Strait, counter air assets of US allies in S. and E. China Seas; Russia denies purported intent to buy 2 French-built amphibious assault ships originally slated for Russian Navy but sold to Egypt, even though Russia has now deployed special forces to Egypt-Libya border, plans delivery in 2017 of 46 Ka-52 attack helos for Mistrals, currently moored in Alexandria; Russia reconsolidates Cold War-era influence over SE Asia: Communist Vietnam signs FTA with Eurasian Economic Union, reiterates interest in purchasing Russian weaponry; Moscow cultivates new clients among traditional US allies in region, sells Su-35s to Indonesia, 3 Sukhoi Superjet SSJ-100 aircraft to Thailand; Bangkok also considers procuring armored vehicles, air defense systems, Mi-17 helos, and Yak-130, Su-30 and Be-200 aircraft; Philippines expresses interest in buying helos, fast boats, UAVs, small weapons

  1. mah29001 March 25, 2017 at 5:38 pm

    It sounds like the Kremlin’s going to target the Baltic states next with the help of Belarus.

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