India, Russia Seal Defense Deals Worth Billions

Voice of America News reports: “India and Russia have sealed defense deals worth billions of dollars during a visit by the Russian president, in a move which reaffirms the long-standing strategic alliance between the two countries.

Calling Russia a key partner in the effort to modernize India’s armed forces, Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh announced the deal to buy 71 military helicopters worth $1.3 billion, and kits to assemble 42 Sukhoi fighter jets worth $1.6 billion.

India and Russia were close allies during the Cold War days, with Moscow being the main supplier of India’s armed forces. But analysts say Russia has been losing out on India’s lucrative defense market in recent years, as New Delhi increasingly hands out contracts to countries such as Israel, France and the United States, establishing closer links with many Western countries…” (Russia preparing to fulfill Ezekiel 38:1, 2, 8, 16; Joel 2:3, 20, 30 for the Armageddon campaign – Revelation 16:16 – which will be fought against America, the EU and the entire Western World. Islamic armies will align themselves with Russia and China for holy jihad – holy war – Ezekiel 38:13; Daniel 11:40; Isaiah 17:1; Ezekiel 38:5-7; Psalm 83: 4 – 7. See the next four reports.)

Russia widens anti-U.S. retaliation

SpaceDaily.com reports: “Russia widened its retaliation against the United States, banning adoption of Russian children by U.S. citizens and warning of tit-for-tat measures against U.S. visitors over a spiraling human rights debate.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said he informed U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton of Moscow’s decision to bar Americans guilty of human rights violations.

Lavrov’s statement was a response to new U.S. legislation that streamlines trade with Russia but authorizes sanctions against Russians found guilty of human rights violations.

Russians on a U.S. black list can be barred, denied U.S. visa and have assets frozen under the new law, called the Magnitsky Act to commemorate Russian lawyer and whistleblower Sergei Magnitsky, who died in a Russian prison three years ago, allegedly of torture.

Lavrov said Russia would do likewise.

‘We will bar entry to Americans who are in fact guilty of human rights violations,’ he said…”

Russia Sends Military Destroyer to Iran

Israel National News reports: “A Russian destroyer has berthed in the southern Iranian Port of Bandar Abbas, an Iranian Navy commander announced on Wednesday.

‘Marshal Shaposhinkov, which is a heavy Russian destroyer, has berthed in this zone to consolidate the military ties between the two countries,’ the Commander of Iran’s First Naval Zone, Admiral Hossein Azad, said, according to a report in the Iranian Fars news agency.

Azad said the Iranian navy has arranged certain programs to be carried out during the presence of the Russian destroyer in the region, but said these programs will be announced later.

Iran and Russia have long held constant consultations on key regional and global issues and the two countries have close commercial ties…”

Russia to build new heavy ICBM by 2018

SpaceDaily.com reports: “Russia will have built a new heavy liquid-propellant intercontinental ballistic missile by late 2018, a missile that will prove largely superior to all of its predecessors, including the world’s most powerful strategic missile Voyevoda, (NATO reporting name SS-18 Satan), in terms of combat effectiveness and the ability to penetrate the US missile defence system.

This came in a statement for journalists by the Commander of the Russian Strategic Missile Forces Sergei Karakayev.

He pointed out that it is the deployment of the US global missile defence system, a system that grows more powerful each year that prompted Russia to think of counteraction…”

Russia to Hold Large-Scale Mediterranean, Black Sea Naval Drills

RIA Novosti reports: “Russia will hold large-scale naval drills in the Mediterranean and Black Seas in late January with the involvement of warships from the Northern, Baltic, Black Sea and Pacific Fleets, the Russian Defense Ministry’s press office reported on Wednesday.

‘The Russian Navy’s drills of this scope will be held for the first time over the past few decades and are designed to improve control, ensure and practice multiservice force interaction of the fleets in the far-off maritime zones,’ the press office said.

The drills will be held in line with the Russian Armed Forces’ 2013 combat training plan and will aim to ‘practice the issues of establishing a multiservice grouping of forces (troops) outside Russia, planning its use and conducting joint actions as part of a united naval grouping based on a common plan,’ the press office said…”