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Russia quietly moves border hundreds of yards into occupied Georgia
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Russia has quietly moved one of its borders hundreds of metres further into Georgia, according to local media reports. Kremlin troops reportedly moved a border sign hundreds of yards further into occupied territory in South Ossetia last week, ahead of talks between Russian President Vladimir Putin and Donald Trump at the G20 summit.
Georgia’s security agency called the move “illegal” and said local farmers had been affected in the Gori Municipality.
"This is a continuation of the illegal process of the so-called borderisation, which not only violates the fundamental rights of local residents but directly damages the security situation," a statement from the national security service read.
Georgia's president Giorgi Margvelashvili said he was outraged by the move and called on the international community to condemn the action.
"Georgia will use all diplomatic levers at its disposal to stop the creeping occupation,” he said. Georgia’s Minister of Reconciliation and Civil Equality Ketevan Tsikhelashvili said it was not "creeping occupation" but a "very open and dynamic occupation process", according to local media.
"The process has been in progress since the Russia-Georgia 2008 war," she said.
"We are doing our utmost to achieve the removal of all kinds of barriers, banners or barbed-wire-fences from the territory of Georgia, which is a challenge not only for security, but also creates very serious daily problems for locals, many of whom lack access to their own lands." Kurt Volker, a former US representative to Nato, called on the West to stand up to Moscow.
“Russia is in a much weaker position but it has managed to play a weak hand very aggressively – because it has counted on the fact we are not going to respond in any assertive way,” he told BBC Radio 4.
After the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991, South Ossetia, a small sliver of land to the northeast of Georgia, broke away from the country in a war. In August 2008, Russia sent in troops, saying it was protecting civilians in South Ossetia from attack by Georgian forces. Georgia, backed by the US and the EU, said the Russian operation was a naked land grab.
After a brief war, Russia recognised South Ossetia as an independent state. Only a handful of other states recognise it as a state.
Russia's critics say the war in South Ossetia was a dress rehearsal by Russia for its annexation in 2014 of Ukraine's Crimea Peninsula, and its support for separatist fighters in the eastern Ukrainian Donbass region.
To intercept the Sarmat ICBM, at least 500 US anti-missiles are needed, RIA Novosti chairman of the Federation Council Committee on Defense and Security Viktor Bondarev said.
"This is the conclusion of Western experts." Dagger "along with its carrier is also immune to enemy weapons, while it is guaranteed to hit any given targets," he said.
Earlier, the New York Times quoted an anonymous high-ranking official as saying that Trump, in a telephone conversation, had informed Russian President Vladimir Putin of his concern about Russian weapons developments that could exceed US remedies.
Putin in his message to the Federal Assembly on March 1 spoke about the new types of strategic weapons that came to Russia's disposal. Thus, the strategic nuclear forces included 80 new intercontinental ballistic missiles, 102 ballistic missile submarines and three strategic missile submarines "Borey". In the message, Putin also demonstrated the test frames of the missile co…
On the heels of President Donald Trump's recently unveiled National Security Strategy, which called Russia and China "revisionist powers," the Pentagon is thinking about sending additional Marine Expeditionary Units to Asia, military officials told the Wall Street Journal .
MEUs are Marine detachments that sail around on amphibious assault ships like the Wasp and America-class. Essentially small aircraft carriers that can carry troops, the ships are capable of waging war on land, air, and sea.
An MEU can range from 1,000-2,200 strong and deploys for around seven months - usually entirely at sea. The goal of an MEU is to provide a quick reaction force of soldiers to respond to everything from natural disasters to security threats.
The shift in forces to Asia also comes after Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis releasedhis National Defense Strategy, which stated that "the great power competition, not terrorism, is now the primary focus of US national security."
Russia has been on the forefront of building unmanned ground vehicles and last week the Russian Defense Ministry confirmed that their armed drone tank Uran-9 was tested in Syria. The Uran-9 is powerfully armed with anti-tank missiles, an automatic cannon and a machine gun. It can also be reconfigured to carry different weapons like surface-to-air missiles. Additionally, the unmanned vehicle is equipped with advanced optics and targeting systems including a laser warning system and thermal imaging.
While the deployment of the Uran-6, a minesweeping drone, in Syria has been widely reported on, little has been said publicly about the Uran-9, and military observers and analysts have yet to see it in Syria. “In reality, [the] Uran-9 tests in Syria should have garnered major attention from all major Russian news outlets, given how proud Russian [sic] are of their remote-controlled tank,” said Samuel Bendett, a research analyst specializing in Russian unmanned systems at the Center for Naval…