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    Russian army under equipped?

    1. Indians wanted a two-seat option for FFGA but the deal fell through as the original plans hadn't provided for one. 2. The claim is Hunter-B was designed to operate together with Su-57 but I don't have any specifics. They can produce many more it's just the aircraft is yet unfinished, there's no rush to produce more than one needs for testing and system integration.
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    Russian army under equipped?

    It is designed for current and upcoming Sukhoy Su-57 engines
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    How accurate *is* CMBS?

    Read this. NYT shamelessly lifts an article from two Russian texts and even gets a Pulitzer for it. But the editorial standards were not compromised as NYT put the link onto the Russian originals and NYT reporter took a pain to contact all the sources discovered by Russian correspondents https://www.buzzfeednews.com/article/stevenperlberg/how-a-pulitzer-winning-new-york-times-story-pulled-from-a#.pae8RQa4E PS By the way this was also Andrew Kramer who wrote the article you referenced. Seems like that's regular trade of his
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    How accurate *is* CMBS?

    Yepp. Syria part is a shameless rewrite of two Russian publications referenced in NYT article - RBC and Fontanka.ru. And while engaged in copy-pasting Andrey Kramer of NYT was rather creative with what is accentuated in the texts. If you pay attention to the careful wording of his: "two Russian companies are known to have received contracts..." - here we have the hard facts from the Russian publications "The agreements, made with the Syrian government, are seen as incentives..." - here we have his "value added" as there are no statements in the Russian originals these incentives did actually exist He boldly omitted the fact that phosphates mining operation was originally promised to Iranians and was given to the Russian company in the very last minute. Should it be mentioned in NYT article it would have put under question Andrew Kramer's claim of "monies for square miles" deal.
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    How accurate *is* CMBS?

    Do you have any information to prove your point or it's just a random speculation?
  6. As a side note, RUS squad has just one Pecheneg but it uses more 7.62 than the rest of the squad burns through 5.45. So the ratio should be reversed and even more so if the squad has UGLs or expects longer engagement ranges. I'm talking CMBS not RL here.
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    More drama in Ukraine--Sea of Azov

    There is no need for defense. There's a procedure for passing the Strait, it existed many years before the current conflict and long before the Crimean bridge. The procedure was approved by both sides - I gave you the document of Ukrainian origin. The procedure is absolutely logical, the reason is ship traffic safety and this very reason is given in the Ukrainian document as well. The boats broke their own Ukrainian procedure, they got stopped and impounded. This is it! But sure you can tell us a story how say some East Timor parliament rep brags about blowing up Golden Gate bridge, East Timor sends few armed artillery boats to California Coast, the boats ignore marine traffic controllers orders and the boats are allowed to pass unhindered under the Golden Gate Bridge. The US Navy and Coast Guard just... emmm... "File complaint with international body". "This [US] is a unique, exceptional country. Russia is unique, but not exceptional" One can substitute "Russia" for "any other country the US dislikes for some reason". https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/American_exceptionalism
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    More drama in Ukraine--Sea of Azov

    Really? Igor Mosiychuk, a rep in Ukrainian Parliament, gave a fiery speach about how Ukraine needs to blow up the Crimean bridge (it's goggle'able). So first Ukrainian statesmen threaten a terrorist act, second they wonder about stiff response from security services. Very logical.
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    More drama in Ukraine--Sea of Azov

    We use the name Kerch Strait but to be precise Kerch Strait is not navigable due to shallow waters. Ships go through an artificial channel called Kerch-Enikal-Channel (KEC). Since it's quite narrow ships have to follow certain rules on how to pass to prevent disasters. Ships do not go alone but rather assembled in controlled convoys before entering KEC from either side. There are speed limits, weather limits, no overtaking rule, one way sailing at any given time and many other rules on how ships should sail in KEC.These are not some "special Russian" rules - they are given in Ukrainian Ministry of Transportaion order of 2002 I gave above. And first and foremost since the end of 19th century the traffic in KEC was under control of Kerch Marine Administration that acts akin to air traffic controller for KEC. So given all this background: Say Ukrainian airliner heading for La Guardia would stop following air traffic controller orders and starts randomly roaming around NY city skies? What would be the procedure? Can ships go through Panama Channel as they please and not follow marine traffic controller orders? You suggest Russian ships should file a compaint. Why you consider Ukrainian ships behavior acceptable when they put in risk all the traffic over KEC? Why Russian not Ukrainian ships should bother about complaints if they believe they were unfairly treated by Marine Administration? Do you suggest if say a passenger plane is not happy with its position in the landing queue it has every right to disobey air traffic controller orders and just short-cut to landing at the time of its choosing?
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    More drama in Ukraine--Sea of Azov

    1. "As part of the settlement, even though the U.S. government did not admit legal liability or formally apologize to Iran, it still agreed to pay US$61.8 million on an ex gratia basis..." 2. I'm not saying any of them is right the point is Michael's statement is generalising separate human mistakes into national traits.
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    More drama in Ukraine--Sea of Azov

    Iran Air 655? US as a role model? Ukrainian Air Defence vs Siberia Flight 1812? Or is it selective amnesia?
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    More drama in Ukraine--Sea of Azov

    You have the right to do that providing you follow the orders of the Marine Administration resposible for that water zone. It's just like for the planes - plane may have the right ro fly somewhere yet they have to follow the orders of air traffic control to the letter. Haiduk, you know that - again it's written right in your own decree of Ukrainian Transportation Ministry on how to cross Kerch Strait. It's a pity other countries are not so willing to come and solve Ukrainian problems at their own expense. It's traditional Ukrainian approach in this crysis. Its best application is weapons sales. On the one hand Ukraine begs Europe and the US for free-of-charge weapons claiming it does not have enough, yet on the other it's selling its own weaponry it's supposed to use in the conflict to other countries. Because when Ukraine gets someone else's weapons - its free of charge, and when it sells - someone in Ukraine (Petro Poroshenko) makes money. Very profitable!
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    More drama in Ukraine--Sea of Azov

    Steal all you can steal? Very post-Soviet approach 😥
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