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Ambassador Konuzin on President Medvedev's visit to Serbia



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Ambassador Konuzin on President Medvedev's visit to Serbia


http://www.emportal.rs/en/news/serbia/96739.html

20. August 2009. | 08:34

Source: Tanjug

Preparations for Russian President Dmitry Medvedev's visit to Serbia are underway and a series of strategic agreements will be signed during his stay in Belgrade, Russian Ambassador to Serbia Alexander Konuzin has stated.

Preparations for Russian President Dmitry Medvedev's visit to Serbia are underway and a series of strategic agreements will be signed during his stay in Belgrade, Russian Ambassador to Serbia Alexander Konuzin has stated.

Medvedev will head a high-ranking delegation. A wide spectrum of issues regarding bilateral relations, cooperation in most diverse areas, as well as in the area of international issues, will be discussed during the visit, Ambassador Konuzin said in an interview published by Vecernje Novosti today.

“I am confident that realization of the agreements that are already in effect, particularly those in the area of oil, energy supply, as well as new agreements, will raise the relations of our countries to a qualitatively new level.

Serbia will not only strengthen its status of an important trade and economic partner of Russia, but will also assume a higher position as a European factor. European operators are already examining possibilities of benefit from our privileged economic ties, underscored the ambassador.

Ambassador Konuzin underscored that President Medvedev's visit might coincide with the anniversary of the liberation of Belgrade by the Red Army and Yugoslavs. “That is why the idea was that the presidents of the two countries mark together the anniversary of the expulsion of the German Nazi troops. It is quite appropriate since the peoples of our countries fought together against fascists.”

According to Konuzin, Russia's concept of a new security concept of Europe will be one of the topics of discussions by the two presidents.

Missile Maker Offers Fix to Shield Dispute


http://www.themoscowtimes.com/article/1010/42/380986.htm
20 August 2009By Jim Wolf / Reuters
HUNTSVILLE, Alabama — Raytheon, the world’s biggest missile maker, is developing a new system that could help resolve a U.S.-Russian deadlock over Bush-era plans to extend into Europe the U.S. shield against ballistic missiles.

The plan is to create a land-based version of Raytheon’s existing Standard Missile-3, a mainstay of U.S. missile defense from the sea. It also would use a long-range Raytheon radar already deployed in Israel and Japan as part of yet another U.S. defense system.

“Coming soon to a theater near you,” the company said in a slide presentation on its would-be new SM-3 “ashore” interceptor missile.

Raytheon executives talked up the concept Tuesday at a U.S. Army-organized missile defense conference in Huntsville, Alabama.

The land-based SM-3 systems are being looked at by the Pentagon as an option for European missile defense, Raytheon executives said.

It could play a role there with or without the 10 interceptor missiles that former President George W. Bush proposed to put in Poland, along with a tracking radar in the Czech Republic, as a hedge against Iran, said Michael Booen, a Raytheon vice president for advanced missile defense.

Moscow has strongly opposed the plans for Poland and the Czech Republic as a threat to its security.

Riki Ellison, a prominent U.S. missile defense advocate, said land-based SM-3 missiles might be easier for the United States to “sell” to Russia as a European missile defense solution aimed at defending against Iran.

Moscow would be more receptive, he said, partly because land-based SM-3s would be incapable of shooting down strategic, long-range Russian missiles. Also, the availability of such a system could lead to a face-saving deal that could substitute for a Polish and Czech installation.

“It’s one of the primary solutions” that President Barack Obama’s administration is mulling, said Ellison, who heads the Missile Defense Advocacy Alliance, a private group close to the Pentagon and industry.

General Kevin Chilton, who oversees missile defense as commander of the U.S. Strategic Command, told the conference that the United States was mindful of maintaining “strategic stability” with Russia and China as it builds its shield.

The U.S. plan to put interceptors in Poland “is akin to having missiles in Cuba to them,” he said of Russia’s concerns, referring to the 1962 U.S.-Soviet showdown generally regarded as the closest the Cold War came to nuclear war.

Chilton declined to comment on whether the land-based SM-3 was one of the alternatives under review by the Obama administration. “I think there’s all kind of potential solutions on the table being discussed,” he said.

Raytheon executives said the land-based SM-3 could be operational as soon as 2013 if funded adequately by the Pentagon. The Pentagon has requested $50 million for its development in fiscal 2010, starting Oct. 1. Raytheon has already made a significant investment, Booen said.

The SM-3 is a defense against short- to intermediate-range missiles. It was developed for ships equipped with Lockheed Martin’s Aegis ballistic missile defense and has notched up 15 “hit-to-kill” test intercepts.

Raytheon said in its slide presentation that the proposed land-based SM-3 system also “could provide Israel a near-term solution to counter ballistic missiles from Iran.”

Russia Air Force admits problems in 5th-generation jet engines



http://en.rian.ru/russia/20090820/155864971.html
ZHUKOVSKY, August 20 (RIA Novosti) - Russia's Air Force chief acknowledged on Thursday faults in engines for a fifth-generation fighter jet currently being developed.

The Advanced Front-Line Aviation Complex (PAK FA) plane is set to replace the Air Force's fourth-generation fighters, namely, the Su-27 Flanker and the MiG-29 Fulcrum.

Speaking at the MAKS air show outside Moscow, Alexander Zelin said: "For the time being the aircraft will use Saturn engines. There are problems, I admit, but research is continuing."




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