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Shipyard in St. Petersburg floats out Project 636.3 diesel-electric sub for Russian Navy
The Project 636.3 sub will join the Pacific Fleet’s Primorye Flotilla of All-Arms Forces

Volkhov submarine Alexander Demianchuk/TASS

Volkhov submarine
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ST. PETERSBURG, December 26. /TASS/. The Admiralty Shipyard in St. Petersburg in Russia’s northwest has floated out the Project 636.3 diesel-electric submarine Volkhov for the Russian Navy.
"The submarines of this series have proven more than once their capabilities in combat conditions and confirmed their performance characteristics," Shipyard CEO Alexander Buzakov said at the launch ceremony.
Commander of the Pacific Fleet’s Primorye Flotilla of All-Arms Forces Vladimir Yakushev also thanked the Shipyard’s personnel. "Your labor helps increase the Navy’s might <…> The crews are ready for the combat employment and operation of these submarines," he stated.
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The Project 636.3 sub will join the Pacific Fleet’s Primorye Flotilla of All-Arms Forces.


Overall, the Admiralty Shipyard (part of Russia’s United Shipbuilding Corporation) will build six Project 636.3 submarines for the Pacific Fleet. The first of them, the Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky, entered service with the Fleet in November.
The Admiralty Shipyard earlier built a series of six Project 636.3 submarines for the Black Sea Fleet. All of Project 636.3 submarines are armed with Kalibr-PL cruise missiles. The submarines of this Project built for the Black Sea Fleet earlier delivered missile strikes against terrorist targets in Syria from the Mediterranean Sea.
The Russian Navy Command is also considering building Project 636.3 diesel-electric submarines for the Baltic Fleet, sources in the shipbuilding industry earlier told TASS. The Admiralty chief executive said in December that the Shipyard expected to sign the relevant contract in 2020 and start implementing it in 2021.
Project 636.3 submarines (NATO reporting name: Improved Kilo-II) are 74 meters long and displace more than 3,900 tonnes. Due to its strong hull, the submarine has an operational depth of 240 meters and can dive to a maximum depth of 300 meters. Submarines of this Project have an operational range of up to 7,500 miles. They are armed with Kalibr-PL cruise missiles that are launched from torpedo tubes from the sub’s submerged position.
Project 636 submarines are considered among the world’s most noiseless underwater cruisers. They can develop a speed of up to 20 knots, have their sea endurance of 45 days and a crew of 52 men.
 
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    Look Out America: Russia's Hypersonic Avangard Nuclear Missile Is Going Live

    December 20, 2019 Topic: Security Blog Brand: The Buzz Tags: RussiaMilitaryTechnologyHypersonic MissileAvangard
    The Avangard is a nuclear-armed glider that travels at hypersonic (faster than Mach 5) speed.
    by Michael Peck

    Key point: The U.S. withdrawal from the INF agreement has spurred fears that Washington and Moscow will revive the costly and dangerous Cold War nuclear arms race.


    Russia’s Avangard hypersonic boost-glide missile is about to operational.

    “This missile system is set to go on combat alert in December 2019,” Russia’s Ministry of Defense announced.
    A defense industry source said “that the first two UR-100N UTTKh intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBMs) outfitted with the Avangard nuclear boost-glide vehicle would go on experimental combat duty in late November - early December in the Dombarovsky division of the Strategic Missile Force,” according to Russian news agency TASS.
    TASS also noted that another defense industry source said in October 2018 that “two Avangard regiments with six silo-based missiles each were due to assume combat duty in Russia.” And in December 2018, Sergei Karakayev, chief of the Strategic Missile Force, said that Avangard be deployed with the Dombarovsky missile division in the Orenburg Region in 2019. Orenburg is a city in southwest Russia near the border with Kazakhstan.

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    The Avangard is a nuclear-armed glider that travels at hypersonic (faster than Mach 5) speed. Lofted high into the atmosphere atop an ICBM, the glider descends on to its target with such velocity that it will be difficult to intercept the weapon.
    “The boost-glide vehicle is capable of flying at over 20 times the speed of sound in the dense layers of the atmosphere, maneuvering by its flight path and its altitude and breaching any anti-missile defense,” said TASS. That last part is key: this is Moscow’s response to U.S. ballistic missile defense, which has stoked Kremlin fears that America will out to neutralize Russia’s nuclear deterrent.

    Coincidentally or not, Russia has also just shown Avangard to U.S. inspectors, as required by the provisions of the New Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty, or New START. “A U.S. inspection group was shown the Avangard missile system with the hypersonic boost-glide vehicle on the territory of Russia on November 24-26, 2019," said the Ministry of Defense, which said it permitted the inspection to keep the treaty “viable and effective.”
    New START, which limits the number and type of nuclear weapons possessed by the U.S. and Russia, was signed in 2010 under the Obama administration, and is set to expire in February 2020. While the Trump administration has not yet decided whether to renew or pull out of the accord, it did formally withdraw from the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) treaty this year. The INF accord, signed in 1987 by the Reagan administration, resulted in America and Russia slashing their arsenals of cruise missiles as well as short- and medium-range ballistic missiles.

    The U.S. withdrawal from the INF agreement has spurred fears that Washington and Moscow will revive the costly and dangerous Cold War nuclear arms race. At the same time, Russia has been developing a potpourri of exotic – and even bizarre -- “wonder weapons” such the Avangard, the Poseidon thermonuclear-armed robot torpedo, and a nuclear-powered cruise missile.
    With an arsenal of 528 land- and submarine-based ICBMs, plus nuclear weapons on bombers, Russia would already seem to have an immensely powerful nuclear capability. In that sense, Avangard doesn’t add very much – unless the U.S. can develop a ballistic missile defense system that can stop hundreds of ICBMs. So far, America’s missile defenses have only focused on intercepting a handful of ICBMs launched by a small power like North Korea.
     
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    Look Out America: Russia's Hypersonic Avangard Nuclear Missile Is Going Live

    December 20, 2019 Topic: Security Blog Brand: The Buzz Tags: RussiaMilitaryTechnologyHypersonic MissileAvangard
    The Avangard is a nuclear-armed glider that travels at hypersonic (faster than Mach 5) speed.
    by Michael Peck

    Key point: The U.S. withdrawal from the INF agreement has spurred fears that Washington and Moscow will revive the costly and dangerous Cold War nuclear arms race.


    Russia’s Avangard hypersonic boost-glide missile is about to operational.

    “This missile system is set to go on combat alert in December 2019,” Russia’s Ministry of Defense announced.
    A defense industry source said “that the first two UR-100N UTTKh intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBMs) outfitted with the Avangard nuclear boost-glide vehicle would go on experimental combat duty in late November - early December in the Dombarovsky division of the Strategic Missile Force,” according to Russian news agency TASS.
    TASS also noted that another defense industry source said in October 2018 that “two Avangard regiments with six silo-based missiles each were due to assume combat duty in Russia.” And in December 2018, Sergei Karakayev, chief of the Strategic Missile Force, said that Avangard be deployed with the Dombarovsky missile division in the Orenburg Region in 2019. Orenburg is a city in southwest Russia near the border with Kazakhstan.

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    Galileo Galilei becomes the first astronomer to observe the planet Neptune, although he mistakenly catalogued it as a fixed star.

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    The Avangard is a nuclear-armed glider that travels at hypersonic (faster than Mach 5) speed. Lofted high into the atmosphere atop an ICBM, the glider descends on to its target with such velocity that it will be difficult to intercept the weapon.
    “The boost-glide vehicle is capable of flying at over 20 times the speed of sound in the dense layers of the atmosphere, maneuvering by its flight path and its altitude and breaching any anti-missile defense,” said TASS. That last part is key: this is Moscow’s response to U.S. ballistic missile defense, which has stoked Kremlin fears that America will out to neutralize Russia’s nuclear deterrent.

    Coincidentally or not, Russia has also just shown Avangard to U.S. inspectors, as required by the provisions of the New Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty, or New START. “A U.S. inspection group was shown the Avangard missile system with the hypersonic boost-glide vehicle on the territory of Russia on November 24-26, 2019," said the Ministry of Defense, which said it permitted the inspection to keep the treaty “viable and effective.”
    New START, which limits the number and type of nuclear weapons possessed by the U.S. and Russia, was signed in 2010 under the Obama administration, and is set to expire in February 2020. While the Trump administration has not yet decided whether to renew or pull out of the accord, it did formally withdraw from the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) treaty this year. The INF accord, signed in 1987 by the Reagan administration, resulted in America and Russia slashing their arsenals of cruise missiles as well as short- and medium-range ballistic missiles.

    The U.S. withdrawal from the INF agreement has spurred fears that Washington and Moscow will revive the costly and dangerous Cold War nuclear arms race. At the same time, Russia has been developing a potpourri of exotic – and even bizarre -- “wonder weapons” such the Avangard, the Poseidon thermonuclear-armed robot torpedo, and a nuclear-powered cruise missile.
    With an arsenal of 528 land- and submarine-based ICBMs, plus nuclear weapons on bombers, Russia would already seem to have an immensely powerful nuclear capability. In that sense, Avangard doesn’t add very much – unless the U.S. can develop a ballistic missile defense system that can stop hundreds of ICBMs. So far, America’s missile defenses have only focused on intercepting a handful of ICBMs launched by a small power like North Korea.
    The picture is of anti-aircraft missiles from 60s, the kind that downed Powers's U-2.

    You'd be better off removing that picture altogether or else people will start joking about Putin's hypersonic cartoon missiles.
     
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    The picture is of anti-aircraft missiles from 60s, the kind that downed Powers's U-2.

    You'd be better off removing that picture altogether or else people will start joking about Putin's hypersonic cartoon missiles.
    That’s not my picture
    The whole article is from national interest a US Magazine
    That’s the article
     
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    First regiment of Avangard hypersonic missile systems goes on combat duty in Russia
    The new weapon was unveiled by Putin on March 1 last year


    © Russian Defence Ministry/TASS
    MOSCOW, December 27. /TASS/. The first regiment of Avangard hypersonic missile systems has gone on combat duty in Russia, the Defense Ministry reported on Friday.
    "Russian Defense Minister Army General Sergei Shoigu reported to Russia’s President Vladimir Putin that the first missile regiment armed with the latest Avangard strategic missile system with the hypersonic boost-glide vehicle assumed combat duty from 10:00 a.m. Moscow time on December 27, 2019," the ministry said in a statement.
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    It was earlier reported that the first regiment of Avangard hypersonic missile systems would go on combat duty in the Dombarovsky division of the Strategic Missile Force in the Orenburg Region in the Urals.
    The Avangard is a strategic intercontinental ballistic missile system equipped with a hypersonic boost-glide vehicle. According to open sources, the breakthrough weapon was developed by the Research and Production Association of Machine-Building (the town of Reutov in the Moscow Region) and was tested from 2004. The boost-glide vehicle is capable of flying at over 20 times the speed of sound in the dense layers of the atmosphere, maneuvering by its flight path and its altitude and breaching any anti-missile defense.


    The new weapon was unveiled by Russian President Vladimir Putin in his State of the Nation Address to the Federal Assembly on March 1 last year. The Russian leader said at a board meeting of the Defense Ministry in late 2018 that Russia had launched the serial production of Avangard hypersonic missile systems. Putin said at the time that the Avangard, along with Sarmat missiles, Kinzhal and Peresvet missile systems, would multiply boost the potential of the Army and the Navy to reliably ensure Russia’s security for decades to come.
    ( I think this is the picture of Avangard )
    You don’t believe Russia has Hypersonic Weapons or what
     
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    Putin signs law on minimum wage hike to $195 starting 2020
    Currently the minimum wage amount is $181.8


    © Alexei Nikolsky/press service of the President of the Russian Federation/TASS
    MOSCOW, December 28. /TASS/. Russian President Vladimir Putin has signed the law setting the minimum rate of labor payment in Russia at 12,130 rubles ($195.5) starting January 1, 2020. The document was published on the official website of legal information on Saturday.
    Currently the minimum wage amount is 11,280 rubles ($181.8).
     
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    First regiment of Avangard hypersonic missile systems goes on combat duty in Russia
    The new weapon was unveiled by Putin on March 1 last year


    © Russian Defence Ministry/TASS
    MOSCOW, December 27. /TASS/. The first regiment of Avangard hypersonic missile systems has gone on combat duty in Russia, the Defense Ministry reported on Friday.
    "Russian Defense Minister Army General Sergei Shoigu reported to Russia’s President Vladimir Putin that the first missile regiment armed with the latest Avangard strategic missile system with the hypersonic boost-glide vehicle assumed combat duty from 10:00 a.m. Moscow time on December 27, 2019," the ministry said in a statement.
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    Russia demonstrates Avangard hypersonic missile system to US
    It was earlier reported that the first regiment of Avangard hypersonic missile systems would go on combat duty in the Dombarovsky division of the Strategic Missile Force in the Orenburg Region in the Urals.
    The Avangard is a strategic intercontinental ballistic missile system equipped with a hypersonic boost-glide vehicle. According to open sources, the breakthrough weapon was developed by the Research and Production Association of Machine-Building (the town of Reutov in the Moscow Region) and was tested from 2004. The boost-glide vehicle is capable of flying at over 20 times the speed of sound in the dense layers of the atmosphere, maneuvering by its flight path and its altitude and breaching any anti-missile defense.


    The new weapon was unveiled by Russian President Vladimir Putin in his State of the Nation Address to the Federal Assembly on March 1 last year. The Russian leader said at a board meeting of the Defense Ministry in late 2018 that Russia had launched the serial production of Avangard hypersonic missile systems. Putin said at the time that the Avangard, along with Sarmat missiles, Kinzhal and Peresvet missile systems, would multiply boost the potential of the Army and the Navy to reliably ensure Russia’s security for decades to come.
    ( I think this is the picture of Avangard )
    You don’t believe Russia has Hypersonic Weapons or what
    That's more like it.
     
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    Putin signs law on minimum wage hike to $195 starting 2020
    Currently the minimum wage amount is $181.8

    MOSCOW, December 28. /TASS/. Russian President Vladimir Putin has signed the law setting the minimum rate of labor payment in Russia at 12,130 rubles ($195.5) starting January 1, 2020. The document was published on the official website of legal information on Saturday.
    Currently the minimum wage amount is 11,280 rubles ($181.8).
    If it's in an hour it's very good.
     
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    Defense manufacturer delivers batch of upgraded Msta-S howitzers to Russian troops
    During the upgrade, the defense manufacturer improved the howitzer’s fire control systems and running performance

    YEKATERINBURG, December 30. /TASS/. Uraltransmash (part of Uralvagonzavod defense manufacturer within the state hi-tech corporation Rostec) has delivered a batch of modernized Msta-S self-propelled howitzers to the Russian troops, the Uralvagonzavod press office reported on Monday.
    "Uraltransmash has sent a batch of modernized 2S19M2 (Msta-S) self-propelled howitzers under the defense procurement plan," the press office said in a statement.
    During the upgrade, the defense manufacturer improved the howitzer’s fire control systems and running performance, the statement says.
    As the Uralvagonzavod press office specified for TASS, the Msta-S is designated to destroy and suppress artillery mortar batteries, tanks, anti-tank weapons, firepower and electronic warfare systems, the armor, command posts, air and missile defenses, strike field defenses and deny maneuvers by reserve infantry and tank units. The self-propelled artillery gun combines combat and operational qualities with its hi-tech production.


    Uraltransmash is Russia’s sole producer of self-propelled artillery guns. The enterprise rolled out its first products on September 8, 1817. Over more than 200 years of its operation, the enterprise has accumulated gigantic experience, developed, assimilated and tested unique technologies. Today the enterprises specializes in rolling out both civilian and military products.
     
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    Kremlin says Russia was able to reverse the trend of falling living standards
    The Kremlin spokesman stressed that all this is happening "against the backdrop of fully guaranteed macroeconomic stability"

    Kremlin Spokesman Dmitry Peskov Alexei Nikolsky/Russian Presidential Press and Information Office/TASS

    Kremlin Spokesman Dmitry Peskov
    © Alexei Nikolsky/Russian Presidential Press and Information Office/TASS
    MOSCOW, December 31. /TASS/. Russia has been able to reverse the negative trend of falling people’s living standards, that’s the major accomplishment of 2019, Kremlin Spokesman Dmitry Peskov said.
    "For objective reasons, Russians’ living standards were either stagnating or falling. This negative trend was observed over the past three or four years," he said. "This year, we were able to reverse that trend. So far, we cannot talk about any substantial growth. Nevertheless, this trend has been reversed."
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    Peskov stressed that all this is happening "against the backdrop of fully guaranteed macroeconomic stability." "This is perhaps the main accomplishment, because, despite the unfriendly environment for the Russian economy and social sphere, they have fully retained their stability. That’s our major achievement," he noted.
    The Kremlin spokesman added that it was very difficult to single out one major accomplishment of this year, because, as Russian President Vladimir Putin says, "the primary goal is people’s living standards."
     
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    Days after crash, Algeria could show interest for Russian Su-57
    On Christmas Eve, a Russian fifth-generation Sukhoi Su-57 fighter jet crashed in Komsomolsk-on-Amur during a test flight. Three days later, media reports emerged that the Algerian Air Force decided to acquire 14 copies of the aircraft.
    The crash
    On December 24, 2019, the first production Su-57 took off from the test runway of the Komsomolsk-on-Amur Aircraft plant in Dzyomgi Airport (UHKD), where the fighter jet was assembled by the United Aircraft Corporation. The purpose of the flight was to test the engines. But for an unknown reason, the brand new fighter jet crashed 111 km away from the airport. The pilot successfully ejected and was recovered unharmed. No other injuries were reported, as the plane fell in an unpopulated area.
    The flight recorders of the fighter jet were recovered and a special commission will now investigate the crash. Based on preliminary data, the reason for the crash could be related to a failure of the tail control system, two sources told TASS agency.
    It is the first crash involving the Su-57 since its maiden flight in January 2010. In 2014, a prototype of the Su-57, then known as the "T-50", caught fire upon landing as it was returning from a test flight. The pilot managed to exit the airframe unharmed.
    The Su-57 is the first Russian stealth aircraft and also the first completely new fighter designed by the country since the end of the Soviet era. It was tested at least twice in combat operations in Syria. The first engagement dates back to February 2018 and the latest as recently as December 2019. In September 2019, a Su-57 fighter jet made a sortie with the Sukhoi S-70 Okhotnik (“Hunter”) attack drone currently under development. The two aircraft could eventually operate in collaboration.
    The order?
    Apparently, the crash did not scare off the Algerian military, according to media reports. On December 27, 2019, Algerian defense media Menadefense reported that the North African country could become the very first export customer for the Su-57.
    The report specifies that the Algerian Air Force ordered 14 Su-57 fighter jets in its export version, in addition to 14 Su-34 long-range bombers (of which it is already the first foreign buyer) and 14 Su-35 air superiority jets. The decision was taken during the Algerian delegation’s visit to the MAKS air show in Moscow, in July 2019. During the same event, Russia had confirmed ordering 76 Sukhoi Su-57s for its air force, with a delivery date set for 2028.
    While Russian media have also reported the order, no official channel confirmed any agreement concerning the Su-57 yet. The total order, valued at around $2 billion, would be a massive investment for the Northern African country, as it would represent 16% of its annual defense budget.
    If this story turns out to be false, it would be the second time this year that a Russian order finds itself at the center of fake news. In October 2019, the Turkish minister of Defense denied reports from Daily Sabah that the country was about to acquire around forty Sukhoi Su-35 fighter jets to replace the hundred F-35A aircraft it expected before being evicted from the Joint Strike Fighter program.
     
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    Russia’s aerospace forces to receive about 100 planes and helicopters in 2020
    The Russian defense ministry said that It will be new and modernized aircraft

    MOSCOW, January 1. /TASS/. Russia’s aerospace forces will receive about 100 new and modernized aircraft in 2020, the Russian defense ministry said on Wednesday.
    "In 2020, the Russian Aerospace Forces will receive about 100 new and modernized aircraft," the ministry said in a press statement.
    According to the defense ministry, Russia’s Air Force received advanced Il-90MD-90A military transport planes, Su-35S, Su-30SM multirole fighter jets, Su-34 bombers, Ka-52, Mi-28N, Mi-35M combat helicopters, Mi-8AMTSh combat transport helicopters, Mi-26T transport helicopters and other types of aircraft.
     
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    Putin announces plans to talk about declining incomes of Russians in his January address
    Russian President said that, in particular, he had in mind the "issues related to overcoming stagnation in areas of citizens' incomes, reducing the number of people living at the minimum wage, and overcoming poverty"

    Russian President Vladimir Putin Alexei Nikolsky/Russian Presidential Press and Information Office/TASS

    Russian President Vladimir Putin
    © Alexei Nikolsky/Russian Presidential Press and Information Office/TASS
    MOSCOW, January 4. / TASS / Russian President Vladimir Putin in his work on the address to the Federal Assembly, scheduled for January 15, pays special attention to the issue of increasing the incomes of Russian citizens, he told TASS in an interview on Saturday.
    "I'm getting ready for the address on January 15," said President Putin, however he did not disclose the contents of the speech, citing that it is still under development. "I can't say yet, there are no final decisions. There are options, but no final decisions have been made," he explained.
    President Putin said that, in particular, he had in mind the "issues related to overcoming stagnation in areas of citizens' incomes, reducing the number of people living at the minimum wage, and overcoming poverty." "These decisions must take place," he said.
    "We are concerned, I am very concerned about the stagnation in real incomes of the population," the President said.


    The president’s address to the Federal Assembly is, as a rule, a regular annual speech by the head of state, as written in the Constitution as his duty. In it, the President outlines the main directions of the country's development and sets the corresponding tasks for the government and parliament. The text of the message is prepared over several weeks, and at the final stage by the president himself. Usually the contents of the document are not disclosed until the actual address.
    Last time, President Putin spoke to the Federal Assembly was on February 20, 2019.
     
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    Roscosmos plans to conduct over 40 space launches in 2020
    Roscosmos will conduct space launches from the Baikonur, Vostochny and Plesetsk spaceports and the space center in French Guiana, according to the statement


    © Yuri Smityuk/TASS
    MOSCOW, December 30. /TASS/. Russia’s state space corporation Roscosmos has scheduled the launches of over 40 space rockets in 2020, Roscosmos told TASS on Monday.
    "In 2020, Russia plans to carry out more than 40 space rocket launches," Roscosmos said in a statement.
    Roscosmos will conduct space launches from the Baikonur, Vostochny and Plesetsk spaceports and the space center in French Guiana, the statement says.
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    Roscosmos Chief Dmitry Rogozin earlier presented a video during a press conference at the Vostochny spaceport, according to which twenty launches of the Soyuz carrier rocket had been scheduled for 2020. In particular, five of them will be conducted from the Vostochny cosmodrome while two others will involve crewed missions to the International Space Station.


    Russia also plans to resume the tests of the Angara carrier rocket and continue the launches of Proton-M carriers.
    In 2019, Russia carried out 25 space launches.
     
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    Roscosmos plans 20 launches of Soyuz rocket in 2020
    The state space corporation will start financing development of Sfera orbital group’s layout in 2020

    Launch of Soyuz-FG carrier rocket Sergei Savostyanov/TASS

    Launch of Soyuz-FG carrier rocket
    © Sergei Savostyanov/TASS
    VOSTOCHNY SPACEPORT /Amur Region/, December 16. /TASS/. Twenty launches of the Soyuz carrier rocket are planned for 2020, according to a video shared by state space corporation Roscosmos Director General Dmitry Rogozin at a press conference at the Vostochny cosmodrome on Monday.
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    "Twenty launches of the Soyuz carrier rocket," according to the video.
    It was also noted in the video that the work on the construction of carriers is in full swing.
    As of now 22 flight vehicles have lifted off in 2019, among them Soyuz-2 rockets of various modifications and Rokot. That number includes three manned launches and one unpiloted launch of manned spacecraft.
    Sfera orbital group
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    Roscosmos plans to allocate funds to embark on the development of the Sfera orbital group layout in 2020, Director General Dmitry Rogozin said on Monday. "We plan to embark on the financing of the first works to form the layout of that global orbital group," he commented.
    In 2019, "the systemic project on the shift to the new orbital group Sfera" was implemented, Roscosmos chief added.
    The Sfera program was introduced by Russian President Vladimir Putin during his annual Q&A session on June 7, 2018. Russia plans to launch over 600 communications and Earth’s remote sensing satellites in the next few years, he informed.
    Deputy Prime Minister Yuri Borisov said earlier in an interview with Vedomosti business daily that the government included the project for the creation of the Russian orbital satellite group Sfera into the budget for 2020-2022. The plan is to allocate over 10 bln rubles ($159.5 mln) for it.
     
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    Construction of second stage of Vostochny spaceport goes ahead as scheduled - Roscosmos
    We have employed more than 1,260 staff and 140 vehicles, head of the Russian space agency Dmitry Rogozin said


    © Valery Sharifulin/TASS
    MOSCOW, November 23. /TASS/. The construction of the second stage of Vostochny spaceport goes ahead according to the schedule, Dmitry Rogozin, head of the Russian space agency Roscosmos, said at a meeting with President Vladimir Putin on Saturday.
    "Up to now, we have employed more than 1,260 staff and 140 vehicles, which is fully in accordance with the project of construction. The schedule is being kept despite the fact that it is rather cold there," Rogozin said.
    Roscosmos head added that he himself oversees the construction work every month.
    Roscosmos monitors construction of the second stage of Vostochny spaceport with the help of its satellite constellation, Rogozin said.


    "We took a decision to apply the technology Roscosmos has, namely our Earth remote sensing satellite constellation, for objective control," he said.
    According to Rogozin, the satellite surveying helps to record changes at the construction site throughout a week and "then the data is mathematically processed and markers show any changes. Among them is the amount of work and the number of equipment and even people."
    The Roscosmos head pointed out that the space agency conducts additional aerial surveys with the help of drones in order to detail the data. He added that the state-run corporation receives "the entire amount of objective reports" about how construction is going ahead.
    The Vostochny spaceport in the Amur Region in the Russian Far East is the first national civilian space center. Large-scale construction work to build the spaceport’s infrastructure and technical facilities started in 2012.
    The Vostochny spaceport’s construction was accompanied by numerous problems. According to the data of the Prosecutor General’s Office, a total of 17,000 various violations were exposed during the construction of the Vostochny Cosmodrome in 2014-2018 and 140 criminal cases were opened while total damage was estimated at 10 billion rubles ($150 million). Dozens of individuals were convicted under various counts of Russia’s Criminal Code, including former head of Dalspetsstroi (the general contractor for the spaceport’s construction in 2009-2016) Yuri Khrizman.
     
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    Putin pays visit to Damascus, meets Syria’s al-Assad
    Russian President also underlined that it is clear to the naked eye that peaceful life is returning to the streets of Damascus


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    MOSCOW, January 7. /TASS/. Russian President Vladimir Putin has arrived in Damascus for a visit, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said Tuesday.
    "Vladimir Putin travelled from the airport to the headquarters of the Russian Armed Forces group in the Syrian Arab Republic, drove down the streets of Damascus," he underlined.
    "Putin was met by Syrian President Bashar al-Assad at the headquarters," Peskov informed. "The leaders heard military reports on developments in various regions of the country," the spokesman added.
    Later, bilateral talks between the Russian and Syrian delegations took place. "Talking to [Syrian President Bashar] al-Assad, Putin underlined that it can certainly be said now that much ground was covered to restore Syria’s statehood and territorial integrity," the spokesman pointed out. According to him, "Putin also underlined that it is clear to the naked eye that peaceful life is returning to the streets of Damascus."


    Peskov also informed that al-Assad in turn extended his gratitude to Putin for his visit to Damascus. "The Syrian president showed appreciation for Russia and the Russian troops’ help in fighting terrorism and restoring peaceful life in Syria," he stressed. "Al-Assad also extended warm wishes to Putin and the whole Russian nation on the occasion of the Christmas," Peskov said. Putin’s agenda in Syria includes a few other visits, the spokesman added.
    Putin last travelled to Syria in December 2017. He then arrived at Khmeimim Air Base where he was greeted by al-Assad as well as Russian Defense Minister Sergey Shoigu and Sergey Surovikin who served as commander of the Russia forces in Syria then. Putin and al-Assad held a meeting with Russian officers and heard Surovikin’s report updating them about the operation aimed at clearing the country of terrorist presence.
     
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    Dollar falls below 61 rubles first time since May 22, 2018

    At the same time, the euro depreciated by 0.45% to 67.73 rubles


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    MOSCOW, January 10. /TASS/. The dollar fell by 0.49% on the Moscow Exchange to the level of 60.99 rubles.

    As of 18:29 Moscow time, the dollar fell by 0.66% to 60.89 rubles.

    The last time the dollar was below the mark of 61 rubles on May 22, 2018

    At the same time, the euro depreciated by 0.45% to 67.73 rubles.

    The price of Brent crude oil futures contract with March delivery on London’s ICE decreased by 0.7% and amounted to $64.91 per barrel.
     
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    Russia will finish Nord Stream 2 without foreign assistance, Gazprom CEO vows

    Gazprom CEO Alexei Miller said that it will take a little longer but we don’t have technological obstacles to do this on our own

    Gazprom CEO Alexei Miller Pyotr Kovalev/TASS
    Gazprom CEO Alexei Miller
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    MOSCOW, January 12. /TASS/. Russia will finish the construction of Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline on its own since there are no technological obstacles requiring foreign assistance, Gazprom CEO Alexei Miller said in his interview with "Moscow. Kremlin. Putin" program on Rossiya-1 TV channel.

    "Technological risks today are solved by our facilities and that’s why Nord Stream 2 will be completed. This will take a little longer but we don’t have technological obstacles to do this on our own," Miller said.

    Earlier, Russian President Vladimir Putin said after talks with German Chancellor Angela Merkel that he had no doubt that Russia would be able to finish Nord Stream 2 construction on its own. The Russian leader noted that Russia highly appreciated Germany’s position on supporting the project.

    Nord Stream 2 is an international project for the construction of a gas pipeline that will run across the bottom of the Baltic Sea from the Russian coast to Germany bypassing transit states, such as Ukraine, Belarus, Poland and other Eastern European and Baltic countries.

    The new 1,200 kilometer pipeline, basically following the same route as Nord Stream, will traverse economic zones and territorial water of five countries, namely Russia, Finland, Sweden, Denmark, and Germany. The pipeline’s capacity will be 55 billion cubic meters of gas a year.
     
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