Strange coincidence US plane spotted during terror attack on Russian facilities

Defense Ministry: US plane spotted near Hmeymim during terror attack on Russian facilities

January 09, 17:33UTC+3

A Russian Defense Ministry source says a US Poseidon reconnaissance aircraft was spotted cruising between Tartus and Hmeymim during a drone attack on Russian military facilities in Syria

MOSCOW, January 9. /TASS/. A US Poseidon reconnaissance aircraft was detected cruising between Tartus and Hmeymim during a UAV attack on the Russian military facilities in Syria, which was carried out by terrorists, a source in the Russian Defense Ministry said on Tuesday.

“…it is a strange coincidence that during a UAV attack on the Russian military facilities in Syria, a US Poseidon reconnaissance aircraft was cruising for more than four hours over the Mediterranean Sea at an altitude of 7,000 meters,” the source said.

Besides, the Russian Defense Ministry has voiced concern over the statements made by a Pentagon spokesman, in which he said that technologies used to attack the Russian military facilities were easily available on the open market. “The questions are: what kind of technologies they meant, where that ‘open market’ is and which special service sells space surveillance data,” the Russian Defense Ministry’s source said.

He added that the ministry’s statement concerning the handover of technologies needed to carry out a UAV attack on Russian military facilities in Syria had mentioned neither any particular country nor provided details of those technologies.

“Although the programming of systems to control unmanned aerial vehicles and drop GPS-guided munitions requires completing engineering studies in a developed country. Besides, not everyone is capable of calculating exact coordinates using space surveillance data. We would like to stress once again that terrorists did not have anything of that kind until recently,” the source concluded.

The Russian Defense Ministry said earlier that on January 6, the Russian military facilities in Hmeymim and Tartus were attacked by unmanned aerial vehicles controlled by terrorists. The Russian military either destroyed or took control of the UAVs used in the attack.

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The P-8A Poseidon, the Navy’s newest maritime, patrol and reconnaissance aircraft, is a multi-mission capable replacement aircraft for the legacy P-3C Orion. Designed to secure the Navy’s future in long-range maritime patrol capability, the P-8A Poseidon has transformed how the Navy’s maritime patrol and reconnaissance force will man, train, operate and deploy.


Air Force Releases Video of Russia’s Su-30SMs Intercepted by NATO F-15s


Photo: © Sergej Bobylev, TASS

Flight routes for Russia’s Su-30s over Baltic Sea in November and December were pre-agreed, Russian Defense Ministry says

MOSCOW, January 6. /TASS/. The flights of Russia’s Su-30SM fighter jets over the Baltic Sea on November 23 and December 13, 2017, were held in accordance with the international air space management rules and their routes were coordinated with air traffic control authorities, the Russian Defense Ministry press service said on Saturday.

“On November 23 and December 13, 2017, the crews of Russia’s Su-30SM fighter aircraft performed scheduled training missions over the Baltic Sea’s neutral waters. The flight route for the Russian fighter aircraft was coordinated with the air traffic control authorities and carried out in strict compliance with the international air space management rules without violating the borders of other states,” the report says.

The ministry also confirmed that NATO’s F-15s approached the Su-30SMs during the training missions. “During the training missions, NATO’s F-15 planes approached the Russian fighter aircraft at a safe distance, after which they altered their course and withdrew,” the Defense Ministry specified.

On Friday, the Pentagon released a video recording of US aircraft following two Russia’s Su-30 fighter aircraft in the international air space near the Baltic region on November 23 and December 13 last year. The command explained that the decision was prompted, among other things, by the absence of pre-agreed flight plans for the Russian aviation.


The 493rd Expeditionary Fighter Squadron, belonging to the 48th Fighter Wing, RAF Lakenheath, United Kingdom, executes safe and standard intercepts while participating in the NATO Baltic Air Policing mission. Intercepts are a regular occurrence, and U.S. Air Force pilots routinely conduct them in a safe and professional manner. The U.S. Air Force will complete its fifth rotation as the lead nation for Baltic Air Policing on Jan. 8, 2018.

[00:00] Video Courtesy of NATO TV / Luca Fazzuolli
U.S. Air Force F-15 pilots scramble during an exercise during the Baltic Regional Training Event at Šiauliai Air Base, Lithuania, April 1, 2014. U.S. Air Force pilots work side-by-side with European allies and partners training to meet future security challenges.
Full video can be found at:

[01:39] Video Courtesy of 48th Fighter Wing
U.S. Air Force F-15s from RAF Lakenheath, United Kingdom, intercept two Russian Navy SU-30 Flankers in international airspace near the Baltics, Nov. 23, 2017. The intercept was initiated because the Russian aircraft did not broadcast the appropriate codes required by air traffic control and had no flight plan on file. The U.S. Air Force deployed Airmen and aircraft from RAF Lakenheath to Šiauliai Air Base, Lithuania, for approximately four months to conduct the NATO peacetime air policing mission.

[02:01] Video Courtesy of 48th Fighter Wing
Two Russian Navy SU-30 Flankers are intercepted in international airspace near the Baltics, Dec. 13, 2017. The intercept was initiated because the Russian aircraft did not broadcast the appropriate codes required by air traffic control and had no flight plan on file. Pilots from the 493rd Expeditionary Fighter Squadron executed the intercept professionally and operated in international airspace in accordance with all relevant international flight regulations and safety standards.

[02:44] Video Courtesy of 48th Fighter Wing / Staff Sgt. Taylor West
Lt. Col. Cody Blake, 493rd Fighter Squadron commander, provides answers to questions on intercepts and the Baltic Air Policing mission, Jan. 3, 2018.
Full video can be found at:


Russian hockey players will perform at 2018 Olympics in uniforms with OAR logo

Photo courtesy Press Office, IOC.

MOSCOW, January 6. /TASS/. The International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) has confirmed that Russian players will be performing at the 2018 Olympic Games in South Korea’s PyeongChang in uniforms without a hockey player emblem and reading “Olympic Athlete from Russia” (OAR), the IIHF press service told TASS.

A source familiar with the uniform design coordination process told TASS earlier that the International Olympic Committee (IOC) had confirmed the uniform design. The initial version featured the hockey player logo instead of the Russian coat of arms. At present, the Russian Ice Hockey Federation (RIHF) is waiting for the outfitter to finalize the uniforms. Russian hockey players will use two types of jerseys at the Games: red and white.

The IOC barred Russia’s team from the 2018 Olympic Games due to doping violations. That said, clean Russian athletes will be allowed to the Olympics; the IOC will form their list later. They will be performing under the Olympic flag, without any Russian symbols on their uniforms.

The 2018 Olympic Games will run on February 9-25 in PyeongChang.

It’s Christmas Day in Russia & almost 70 other countries on January 7

Photo: Russian President Vladimir Putin attends Christmas service at Church of Saints Simeon and Anna in St. Petersburg. Photo by Alexey Nikolsky, TASS.

MOSCOW, January 7. /TASS/. Orthodox Christians in Russia and other countries around the world are celebrating Christmas on January 7.

Christians conclude a four-week fast during which they confess their sins and receive communion. And on Christmas Eve they have special fasting, “until the first star,” in memory of how the Magi came first to the birthplace of Christ following the movement of the star in the sky. At present, a candle in front of the altar, which is lit at the end of the Christmas Eve service at about noon, symbolizes the star.

Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev was among the worshippers attending the Christmas service at the Christ the Savior Cathedral. President Vladimir Putin attended the Christmas service at the Church of Saints Simeon and Anna in Saint Petersburg.

Photo by Dmitry Feoktistov, TASS.

Russia’s main Orthodox cathedral is the Cathedral of Christ the Savior, built to commemorate the victory in the Patriotic War of 1812.

The Russian Orthodox Church today has more than 36,000 churches and 900 monasteries in almost 70 countries. Religious services are conducted during the night and in the morning in all Orthodox churches on all continents.

January 7 is also Christmas day for Orthodox Christians in Serbia, Jerusalem, Georgia, and the monastic community of Mount Athos in Greece, one of Orthodox Christianity’s holiest sites. January 7 is a national holiday in Russia along with Belarus, Egypt, Ethiopia, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Macedonia, Moldova, Montenegro and Serbia.

Russia to participate in parade of athletes at 2018 Olympics opening

Photo: Russian bobsledders at the 22nd Winter Olympic Games in Sochi, 2014. Stanislav Kraslinkov, TASS

December 29, 2017

MOSCOW, December 29. /TASS/. Russian athletes will participate in the parade of national teams at the opening ceremony of the 2018 Winter Olympic Games in South Korea’s PyeongChang, Alexander Zhukov, the president of the Russian Olympic Committee (ROC), told TASS on Friday.

“Russian athletes will take part in the opening ceremony of the Games in PyeongChang and they will participate in the parade of athletes under the Olympic flag,” Zhukov said in an interview with TASS.

Earlier in the day, Anastasia Zadorina, the head of ZASPORT sports outfit design company, told TASS that the International Olympic Committee (IOC) has approved a new design of the Russian team’s ceremonial uniform for the 2018 Olympics.

According to her, the initially designed uniform underwent some changes as “In line with the requirements, we took off the tricolor (the Russian national flag), the national emblem and added the required OAR emblem.”

Winter Olympics Torch Relay, Preparations Underway: Photo Highlights

The Executive Board of the IOC announced its decision on December 5 to suspend the Russian national team from taking part in the 2018 Winter Olympic Games in South Korea’s PyeongChang over multiple doping abuse allegations.

The IOC, however, stated that doping-free athletes from Russia could go to the 2018 Olympic Games under the classification of neutral athletes, or the OAR status, which stands for ‘Olympic Athlete from Russia.’

The upcoming Olympics, which are 23rd Winter Games, will take place in South Korea’s PyeongChang on February 9-25, 2018.


Russian Test Dog Survives Liquid Breathing Experiment; Dog is in a “Good Mood”

Photo: MOSCOW, RUSSIA, DECEMBER 21, 2017: Anton Tonshin, head of the Advanced Research Foundation liquid breathing laboratory, holds a dachshund called Nicholas that took part in liquid breathing experiment. Mikhail Tereshchenko/TASS

Russian test dog withstands record depth of over 1 km on liquid breathing

Experiments in the field of liquid breathing had started out with mice

MOSCOW, December 27. /TASS/. A test dog of a team of dogs kept by the Fund for Experimental Research has endured a descent to a depth of over 1,000 meters breathing an oxygen-rich liquid instead of air, Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin said on Wednesday.

“One of our dogs has endured the depth of 1,004 meters,” he told Rossiya’24 TV channel. “It breathed, it returned home, it is safe and sound. This test diver runs around.”

“The researchers working for the Fund for Experimental Research hold these dogs in high esteem,” Rogozin said. “In essence, these are our co-workers.”

He said he realized only too well that it was difficult for society to perceive experiments of this kind, but still it was important to remembers every time how many lives they might help save in the future.

“That’s important not only for submarine crews but also for the infants who are born preterm and should be placed back into an environment resembling the one in the mother’s womb,” Rogozin said. “Or take the people who have sustained serious burns.”

“All these experiments are justified if we manage to save dozens of thousands – or maybe hundreds of thousands of human lives,” he said.

“I think we’ve done a really great thing and our researchers deserve big incentives,” Rogozin said, adding he would insist on continuation of these research efforts.

He recalled that experiments in the field of liquid breathing had started out with mice, rats and hamsters and dogs were engaged in them only after researchers had attained a hundred percent survivability of the animals.

Rogozin also pointed out the long history of the experiments with animals, saying they were held back during the Soviet era, although he admitted the statistics for survival of the experimental subjects was far from always perfect then.

After 1991, the experiments with animals were stopped ” but the tragic incident with submarine Kursk [in August 2000 – TASS] alarmed all the honest people and prompted us to seek opportunities for rescuing submarine crews in the situations where the submarine were stuck at great depths,” Rogozin said.

On December 22, 2017, TASS news service announced Russian deputy premier adopted the dog that took part in liquid breathing experiment. During the experiment, attended by Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic, the dog was put headfirst into a tank with oxygen-rich liquid.

Serbian President Vucic, who examined the dog after the experiment, said the animal “not only survived, but also was in a good mood.”

MOSCOW, December 22. /TASS/. The Russian deputy prime minister in charge of space and defense industry, Dmitry Rogozin, has decided to adopt a dog, who took part in a recent scientific experiment to demonstrate Russia’s new liquid breathing technology.

A dachshund named Nikolas was used in a recent demonstration of the liquid breathing technology, developed by Russian scientists. During the experiment, attended by Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic, the dog was put headfirst into a tank with oxygen-rich liquid. The video of the experiment shows that Nikolas was panicking and struggling to get out, before his lungs were filled with the liquid and he started breathing normally again.

“Yes, indeed, Dmitry Olegovich [Rogozin] asked to give this dog to him. He wants to take him home,” a source at the deputy premier’s office told TASS. Rogozin already has a pet dog – a German Shepherd named Ponchik.

Many animal rights activists criticized the experiment as bordering on animal cruelty. Commenting on the accusations, Rogozin wrote in his Twitter that “our brave [animal] friends save human lives, that’s why such research should be treated with understanding and support for scientists, who have finally been able to solve the task inherited from the Soviet Union.”

Serbian President Vucic, who examined the dog after the experiment, said the animal “not only survived, but also was in a good mood.”

“There is no reason for people to get worry, this wonderful dog was in perfect condition, and quite lively. The scientists demonstrated that an animal can breathe some kind of liquid instead of air. After several moments of panic, the dog got used to this condition without any problems,” the Politika newspaper quoted Vucic as saying.

The liquid breathing technology, developed by Russian scientists, enables a normally air-breathing organism to breathe an oxygen-rich liquid instead. The technology can be used in various spheres, including deepwater diving and rescue of submarine crews, as well as for the treatment of pre-term neonates and people with various types of breathing problems.

“There are liquids that can be enriched with oxygen to the point when they can meet a living body’s oxygen demand by circulating in lungs instead of air. If a person breathes such liquid, he will not suffer from the decompression sickness,” said Anton Tonshin, a scientist who heads the liquid breathing lab at Russia’s Izmerov Research Institute of Occupational Health.

So far, the technology was tested on dogs and small mammals, such as hamsters. However, scientists do not rule out that it may be tested on apes and, subsequently, on humans.

“I wish we could [test this technology on humans] as soon as possible, because this is a serious technology that can save human lives. But no timeframe has been set yet. I think that human testing is unlikely to take place in 2019,” Tonshin said, adding that it was possible that the technology will be tested on humans in 2020.

“At the moment, we found no harm for health. This technology has all chances to eventually be applied to humans,” the scientist added.

Tonshin said that although the scientific team was absolutely sure that the experiment was safe, a group of vets was present during the test to provide any aid if necessary.

He added that all lab dogs who took part in similar experiments were alive and well.

“We monitored their condition for a while to make sure their health is out of danger. After that, the dogs are given up for adoption,” the researcher said.


Casualties reported following St Petersburg store explosion; IED Device Detonated

© Alexander Demyanchuk/TASS

An improvised explosive device with a power equivalent to 200 grams of TNT was detonated in a shopping mall

MOSCOW, December 27. /TASS/. An explosion in a St. Petersburg entertainment center has left at least ten people injured, emergency services told TASS on Wednesday.

“There was a bang. Emergency personnel are already on the scene. The evacuation has been completed,” a local Emergencies Ministry official added.

Photos courtesy 5TV News, Twitter

Russia’s Investigative Committee pursues all lines of inquiry probing the explosion at St. Petersburg’s shopping mall, the Investigative Committee told TASS.

“The investigators are exploring all lines of inquiry,” he said.

“An improvised explosive device stuffed with shrapnel and with a power equivalent to 200 grams of TNT was detonated in a shopping mall,” Svetlana Petrenko, the Spokeswoman for the Investigative Committee, has confirmed.

Petrenko said that the investigators are following up all lines of inquiry.

The city’s department of the Russian Investigative Committee opened a criminal investigation into the attempted murder against two and more persons.

Investigators, forensic experts, security services and police officers are working at the crime scene.

Dramatic Video from Russian Security Forces Shows IS Terrorist Bust in St. Petersburg

Dramatic Video from Russian Security Forces Shows IS Terrorist Bust in St. Petersburg

Photo of Kazan Cathedral Courtesy St. Petersburg Guide, Facebook

The detained suspects planned a series of terrorist attacks in St. Petersburg on December 16, 2017. Today President Putin thanked President Trump and the CIA for helping to foil the plot.

Video may be found here (not in English):

MOSCOW, December 15. /TASS/. A group of seven people affiliated with the Islamic State terror organization (outlawed in Russia) was detained this week in Saint Petersburg, where they planned to carry out a series of terrorist attacks.

An FSB video carried by RBC shows one of the suspects confessing to preparing the terrorist attack in St. Petersburg.

“I was supposed to make the explosives and… pack them into bottles with projectiles attached,” he said.

The video also shows FSB operatives detaining a suspect at a shipping container that was supposedly used as an explosives lab and raiding an apartment, where explosives, assault weapons, ammunition and Islamist literature was found.

“The group was administered by ringleaders of the international terrorist organization from abroad by means of the instant messaging service Telegram,” the press service stated.

“Seven members of the group were detained in the course of a special operation in Saint Petersburg on December 13 and 14,” the FSB press service said. “A significant amount of explosive devices, elements for improvised explosive devices, automatic guns, ammunition and extremist literature have been confiscated from them.”

“A laboratory for manufacturing explosive devices has been eliminated as well,” the FSB added.

One of the detained suspects has admitted his guilt of preparing to carry out terrorist attacks in Russia’s second largest city of Saint Petersburg, according to a video footage circulated by the FSB.

“I was plotting a terrorist attack in Saint Petersburg. I had to manufacture explosives, pack them in bottles… and to attach shrapnel elements,” the detained suspect said.

One of the targets was the beautiful Kazan Cathedral in St. Petersburg:

Courtesy Russia Friends, Facebook
Courtesy St. Petersburg Guide, Facebook. Photo credit: Tajmer.