Nikolai Makarov, the Chief of the General Staff of the Russian Armed Forces, stated that Russia would use force to defend its territorial integrity, if such necessity comes up. Russia would be ready to use strategic nuclear arms for this purpose as well, the official added.
Makarov also said that Russia was not going to conduct military actions against NATO. However, he added, the military leadership of the country would act in accordance with doctrines to counter a possible threat.
The general added that Russia was a neighbor to several "unstable" countries, where the use of nuclear arms was not required in case of conflicts, Arguments.ru website said.
"We need well-prepared, powerful and mobile Armed Forces that will be able to handle any type of conflict situations that may occur inside Russia. We must be prepared for it," Makarov said. The nuclear forces are the basis for strategic stability, the official added.
Makarov previously stated that Russia would respond to the USA immediately, if the latter deployed Aegis-equipped combat vessels in the Black Sea and in the seas of the northern region. "If such vessels appear in, let's say, the Barents Sea or the Black Sea, we will act within the framework of special directions of the state arms program," the general said.
According to the official, the point, when Russia has to take decisive measures in connection with the development of the European missile defense system, is close. The missile defense system in Europe has already entered its fourth and final stage. By 2018, European countries will modernize Standard counter-missiles that will pose a threat to the Russian territory.
"UN must prosecute Israel for war crimes," says Bloody Sunday lawyer
Israel was the focus of discussions by the UN Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (CERD) earlier this month. Israel is obliged to submit a report to the Geneva-based committee on how it has implemented the rights enshrined in the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination (ICERD) every two years.
However, Israel waited until this year to submit a series of reports that were formally due in 2006, 2008 and 2010.
The Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination is a body of independent experts that monitors the implementation of the convention. ICERD states that that any doctrine of superiority based on racial differentiation is scientifically false, morally condemnable, socially unjust and dangerous, and that there is no justification for racial discrimination, in theory or in practice.
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Frontier front: Syrian rebels trapped near Turkey
Syrian frontier guards are battling militants who have infiltrated from Turkey, as the army deploys troops to quash hostile forces trapped in the mountains. The clashes highlight claims outside forces are actively fueling the conflict in Syria.
Terror from the deep: Russian zap cannons go for bigger fish
Hijackers and suicide bombers can be stopped with checkpoints and metal detectors. But how do you fend off underwater terrorists? Russian security services have found the answer: hi-tech electric stun cannons.
The Russian Interior Ministry has posted a tender for two underwater cannons, at a cost of 400 thousand dollars each, which are expected to be used for large-scale events such as the Sochi Olympics.
“The current state of security at our ports and dams leaves a lot to be desired, so the new systems will provide a layer of defense,” a security insider told Izvestia.
Islamabad—A Canadian newspaper has revealed the account of NATO’s double-game in Libya and disclosed how the NATO countries collaborated with each others to topple the Libyan regime and secretly supplied most sophisticated weapons and drones to Libyan rebels.
ISLAMABAD: The Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), led by David Petraeus the former Commander, US Forces Afghanistan (USFOR-A), has a strategic, multidimensional interest in Balochistan, Pakistan’s largest province. In March 2011, The Peninsula, Qatar’s leading English language daily, revealed that the “CIA is indulging in heavy recruitment of local people as agents (each being paid $500 a month) in Balochistan to locate members of the Quetta Shura, a term used by the Americans for Mullah Omar-led Taliban commanders.”
Five airplanes of Russia's Air Force caused quite a commotion in the Land of the Rising Sun. The planes were flying near Japan's airspace, although they did not violate any international laws. In the meantime, NATO jets will be patrolling the airspace of the Baltic States on a permanent basis, flying along Russia's border. Russia did not set forth any claims about it.