North Korea orchestrates giant military parade in Pyongyang

A new giant intercontinental ballistic missile was the highlight of the show, Saturday, October 10, in Pyongyang. Under the watchful eye of leader Kim Jong Un, North Korea showcased its latest military technologies in a parade of unprecedented scale, held in celebration of the 75e anniversary of the founding of the Workers’ Party of Korea. And this despite the threat of an epidemic that led the country to close its borders eight months ago.

Placed on a tractor-erector-launcher that paraded on Kim Il Sung Square – named after the founder of the regime – in Pyongygang, the intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) was the climax of this night parade. Experts unanimously pointed out that it is the largest mobile liquid-combustion missile in the world, most likely designed to carry a missile with several heads.

Explicit threat

It constitutes an explicit threat to the American missile defense system in Alaska, and therefore also an implicit challenge for the President of the United States. If the ICBM has three or four warheads, explains Jeffrey Lewis of the Middlebury Institute, “The United States will have to spend about 1 billion dollars (740 million euros) to have 12 to 16 interceptor missiles for each missile”.

It is, however, so large and heavy that it is practically unusable, however nuance another expert. Regularly, specialists from North Korea also recall that the machines exhibited by Pyongyang during the parades may be models and that there is no evidence that they work until they have been tested.

The regional and international context has changed

The nuclear negotiations have been deadlocked since the failure, in February 2019, of the Hanoi summit. Experts are convinced that North Korea has continued – including during the talks – its nuclear and ballistic programs, which it justifies by the American threat. At the end of December 2019, Kim Jong-un spoke of a “New strategic weapon”.

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“Like it or not, North Korea is a nuclear power and is probably the third nuclear power capable of striking American cities, third after Russia and China”, declared to AFP Andrei Lankov of the Korea Risk Group.

The regional and international context has changed, first because of the coronavirus epidemic and a series of devastating typhoons in the north of the country. Subject to a series of draconian sanctions from the international community, the country has never confirmed a single case of coronavirus on its soil, as the disease that appeared in neighboring China has spread to all corners of the world.

Pyongyang closed its borders in January 2020 in an attempt to prevent the spread, which had the effect of “To strengthen the effect of sanctions”, according to USFK Commander Robert Abrams.

Inner propaganda

Last week, North Korean soldiers killed a South Korean national who was in northern waters, presumably to avoid the risk of an epidemic if he was a carrier of the coronavirus. The case caused an uproar in the South, and was followed by an extremely rare apology from Kim Jong-un.

But the parade also has a domestic propaganda purpose to tell people that North Korea remains a great military power despite economic hardship.


Radiy Khabirov explained why he held a big concert on Republic Day

Photo: Maxim Nikerin //

Last weekend, October 11, in the capital of Bashkiria, mass festivities were held in honor of the Republic Day. Alvin Gray, Yuri Shevchuk and other stars gathered thousands of people at their free concerts. The head of the republic today at an operational meeting explained why it was necessary to make a concert in such a difficult time.

– I will tell you frankly – when we were preparing for the Republic Day, my colleagues suggested that I not hold this event. But for me it’s like not holding a military parade. It has never happened that we did not gather and honor our veterans, ”Khabirov said. – It’s the same here.

The head noted that the Ministry of Culture was instructed to organize a mask regime at the holiday, but it turned out that no one was wearing a mask.


Overall fewer exports: Egypt pays the most for German arms

For Germany, the export of armaments remains a profitable business. However, the number of approvals by the federal government is falling this year. The largest buyer of German military equipment is Egypt. The opposition complains of German aiding and abetting in international crimes.

In the first nine months of this year, the federal government approved arms exports worth EUR 4.13 billion, around a third less than in the same period last year. That results from the figures for the third quarter, which the Federal Ministry of Economics announced at the request of the left-wing foreign politician Sevim Dagdelen. In 2019, the export permits had reached a record value of 8.02 billion euros. At that time, weapons and military equipment worth 6.35 billion euros were exported in the first nine months.

So far this year, the main recipient of German war weapons has been Egypt with an export volume of 585.9 million euros. Thyssenkrupp Marine Systems (tkMS) is supplying the North African country with submarines. Just two weeks ago, the company’s fourth boat with Nile water was christened “S44” at the company’s Kiel shipyard in the presence of the Egyptian naval chief.

In Germany, arms exports to Egypt are controversial because of the human rights situation there. The North African country has also come under fire for being part of the Saudi Arabia-led war coalition in Yemen and for getting involved in the Libya conflict with arms deliveries. However, it is unclear whether the country is still delivering weapons to Libya today.

Nevertheless, Dagdelen sharply criticized the German arms exports to Egypt. “By making Egypt the frontrunner among recipients of war weapons, the federal government is pouring oil into the armed conflicts in Yemen and Libya. Authorizing the export of murderous tools is an accessory to crimes worldwide.”


22 killed in military plane crash in Ukraine

At least 22 people, including cadets, were killed and two others “seriously injured” when a military plane crashed on Friday night near Jarkiv in eastern Ukraine, the Interior Ministry announced. Rescue teams continued to search for two other passengers.

The Antonov-26 transport plane had 28 people on board when it crashed, he explained. Seven of the people traveling at the time of the incident were members of the crew. The rest were cadets from the Kharkov National University Ivan Kozhedub of the Ukrainian Air Force.

The plane crashed around 8:50 p.m. two kilometers from the Chugev military airport, according to the State Service for Emergency Situations. The city of Chugev is located about 30 kilometers southeast of Khakiv and a hundred kilometers west of the front line that separates the territories under the control of the Ukrainian government from those under the control of the pro-Russian separatists.

According to preliminary information, it was a training flight, “the Ukrainian presidency said in a statement.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has announced that he will travel to the site of the disaster on Saturday.

In recent years, several military aircraft have crashed in Ukraine on training flights.

The Antonov An-26 is a light transport device conceived in Ukraine in Soviet times. With a length of 24 meters, it can fly at a cruising speed of 440 km / h.


Moscow invites you (daily newspaper Junge Welt)

Remains of a rocket on the streets of Stepanakert (October 7, 2020)

Almost two weeks after the beginning of the war over the Armenian exclave Nagorno-Karabakh, the foreign ministers of Azerbaijan and Armenia left for ceasefire talks in Moscow on Friday. That said the spokeswoman for the Russian Foreign Ministry, Maria Sakharova. This was preceded by a call by Russian President Vladimir Putin for a ceasefire on “humanitarian grounds for the exchange of dead and prisoners.” Russia is regarded as the protective power of Armenia, where a Russian military base is located, but at the same time maintains good relations with Azerbaijan.

As recently as Thursday, the Ministry of Defense in Baku rejected calls for a ceasefire and was backed by the Turkish government. Turkey is supporting the offensive with advisors in the leadership of the Azerbaijani armed forces and jihadist mercenaries from Syria. Before a ceasefire could be discussed, Armenia had to withdraw from the occupied Azerbaijani territories, demanded the Turkish Defense Minister Hulusi Akar.

Since it was captured by Armenian troops in the early 1990s, the mountainous region of Karabakh has been turned into a fortress. In addition, Armenian troops are occupying seven other Azerbaijani provinces, whose Azeri residents have been displaced, as a buffer zone. Since the fortified lines of defense at the external borders of the internationally unrecognized Republic of Artsakh are difficult for ground troops to overcome, the Azerbaijani side is betting on the attrition of the civilian population through air and artillery attacks in the hinterland. For example, residential areas in the capital of Artsakh, Stepanakert, were shelled with cluster bombs. The historic Shusha Cathedral, a symbol of Armenian rule over Nagorno-Karabakh, was also badly damaged by rocket fire on Thursday. At least 400 soldiers and civilians have been killed in the Azerbaijani offensive that began on September 27.

At first glance, the military situation is reminiscent of the Turkish attack on the Syrian-Kurdish canton of Afrin at the beginning of 2018. There, too, the army attacking with heavy weapons made hardly any progress for weeks against the Kurdish defense forces dug into the hills. The decisive factor for the Turkish occupation of the canton were air strikes on civil infrastructure. But unlike the Kurds, who could not do anything about it, the defense forces of Arzach have ZSE-23-4 Schilka air defense systems from Soviet stocks, with which missiles can be destroyed at a height of up to 1,500 meters.

Whether a permanent ceasefire can be reached on Moscow’s initiative depends less on the military situation than on external political developments. “Azerbaijan no longer decides its own fate, Turkey does that,” said Armenian President Nikol Pashinyan on Thursday Spiegel explained. For Ankara, however, the engagement in Russia’s Caucasian backyard primarily serves as a means of pressure to assert its own interests in Syria and Libya. Should Turkey withdraw its support for the Azerbaijani military in exchange for concessions from the Kremlin, such as permission to further invade the Kurdish self-government area in northern Syria, Baku’s offensive would quickly stall.


The fires in the Ryazan region caused by the explosions of ammunition were extinguished :: Society :: RBK

Photo: EMERCOM of Russia

The fires that arose as a result of explosions at an ammunition depot in the Ryazan region were liquidated. This was reported by the press service of the Russian Emergencies Ministry.

“Fires have been liquidated on the territory of the settlements of the Ryazan region, which fell into the affected area from the exploded ammunition on October 7,” the message says.

In the Ryazan region, a fire was localized at the warehouse of a military unit

Vladimir Putin during a meeting on the Emergencies Ministry

The ministry also said that the units of the Ministry of Emergency Situations, which arrived at the scene of the fires to reinforce the grouping from the Tula and Moscow regions, will soon return to their places of permanent deployment. The Ryazan region grouping will continue to work on guarding (inspection of the area covered by fire to prevent its renewal from hidden foci of combustion), extinguishing foci of forest litter, dry vegetation and individual foci of decay.

Fire at an ammunition depot near Ryazan. Photo report


Upland rebuke – Newspaper Kommersant No. 186 (6907) of 10.10.2020

On Friday, October 9, Moscow hosted the first meeting of high-ranking representatives of Armenia and Azerbaijan since the start of hostilities in Nagorno-Karabakh two weeks ago. The negotiations dragged on until nightfall. The very fact of the meeting can be considered a diplomatic victory for the Russian Federation, which became possible as a result of negotiations between President Vladimir Putin and the leaders of Armenia and Azerbaijan Nikol Pashinyan and Ilham Aliyev. However, there is no need to talk about rapprochement of the sides’ positions. While the diplomats of the three countries were meeting behind closed doors, President Aliyev expressed disagreement with the thesis that “the Karabakh conflict has no military solution.” And he made it clear: Baku “will never reconcile with the occupation” of its lands.

In neutral territory

Events around the Moscow meeting developed rapidly. On Friday night, the Kremlin spoke about the results of the “series of telephone conversations” between Vladimir Putin and Ilham Aliyev and Nikol Pashinyan: it was decided to hold consultations in Moscow at the level of foreign ministers. As the press secretary of the President of the Russian Federation Dmitry Peskov stated, “in the second half of Thursday, until late in the evening, Putin did a lot of hard work with his colleagues from Baku and Yerevan.”

In the morning, the Russian Foreign Ministry said: representatives of the parties to the conflict “confirmed their participation in the consultations, there is active preparation.” It was announced that at 15:00 the Ministers of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation, Armenia and Azerbaijan Sergey Lavrov, Zohrab Mnatsakanyan and Jeyhun Bayramov will gather at the Reception House of the Russian Foreign Ministry. As a result, the meeting began only at 16:30.

Moreover, contrary to usual, the video broadcast of the protocol part of the negotiations was not conducted: the ministers decided to immediately start discussing issues that are not accepted to be discussed in front of journalists.

Judging by the tense faces in the photograph published by the representative of the Russian Foreign Ministry Maria Zakharova, everyone understood that the conversation would be as difficult as possible. As a result, he dragged on until night. The broadcast from the hall, where there were three stands and three flags, was interrupted and then resumed. And the ministers did not go out to the journalists.

It was originally planned that Zohrab Mnatsakanyan would fly to Moscow on October 12 for bilateral talks with Sergei Lavrov – they had already been announced by the Russian Foreign Ministry. Jeyhun Bayramov was in Geneva on Thursday, where he met with the co-chairs of the OSCE Minsk Group (representatives of the Russian Federation, the United States and France). The talks were held in an atmosphere of increased secrecy: neither the start time, nor the venue, nor a specific agenda were announced. At the same time, the official representative of the UN Secretary General Stefan Dujarrick said that the Minsk Group co-chairs will also meet in Moscow after Geneva.

French President Emmanuel Macron was also involved in diplomacy at the same hours and minutes. Late Thursday evening, he held talks with Prime Minister Pashinyan, and spoke with President Aliyev on Friday morning. On Friday afternoon, an AFP source at the Elysee Palace noted that this negotiation process had been coordinated with the Russian side since the beginning of the week. And he added: “We are looking forward to a truce on Friday night or Saturday.”

The fact that the key goal is “the cessation of hostilities” was also stated in the statement of Vladimir Putin.

According to him, the parties should be guided by humanitarian considerations, and stop the fire, in particular, “with the aim of exchanging the bodies of the dead and prisoners.”

Both Armenia and Azerbaijan commented on the prospects for a peaceful settlement and the start of negotiations on Friday. “We are loyal to the principle of a peaceful settlement of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict and are ready to resume the peace process in accordance with the statements made in the past few days by the presidents and foreign ministers of the OSCE Minsk Group co-chairing countries,” Nikol Pashinyan said at a meeting of the Intergovernmental Council of the Eurasian Economic Union.

Ilham Aliyev addressed the nation, saying: “There have been statements from mediators and leaders of some international organizations that there is no military solution to the Karabakh conflict. I did not agree with this thesis, and I was right. For 30 years, negotiations were going on, and the issue did not budge, we were not given a single centimeter of occupied land. The aggressor could not be forced to leave our lands and comply with UN resolutions. Now the conflict is being resolved by military means, then by political means. ”

«I changed the status quo, on the battlefield. He is not here. Contact line? There is no her. We broke through and destroyed it, ”added the President of Azerbaijan.

At the same time, he reported on the capture of nine more settlements in Karabakh, including the village of Hadrut, under control. “I am now in Hadrut and for some reason I see only Armenians,” wrote Artsrun Hovhannisyan, an official representative of the Armenian Defense Ministry, on his Facebook page shortly after.

President Aliyev’s speech in Azerbaijan attracted a lot of attention. Thus, the Kommersant correspondent witnessed how attentively the commander-in-chief was listened to at the checkpoint at the entrance to Terter, an Azerbaijani city about two dozen kilometers from the contact line in Nagorno-Karabakh. All the police officers, along with the military in full uniform, gathered around the car with the doors wide open and the radio on. A high-ranking officer in a black jeep even stopped near them and listened to the speech together with his subordinates.

The head of the executive power of the Terter region, Mustagim Mammadov, who received the Kommersant correspondent not in his usual office, but in the basement of one of the buildings in the city center, where the entrance was lined with sandbags, not only listened, but also watched – on TV – the performance President. From the point of view of the administrative division of Azerbaijan, the Talish and Magadis villages, occupied by the Azerbaijani troops during the current aggravation, belong to the Terter region. Mr. Mammadov said that he had already visited the expanded area of ​​responsibility. When asked what will happen to the Armenian monument in the village of Talysh (it is dedicated to the Armenian soldiers who died in the 1992-1994 war), the official did not answer unequivocally. “If the residents who have been waiting for this for 30 years will return, then they will decide what to leave and what not,” he just said.

“Russia’s strategic neutrality is bearing fruit”

In his speech, Ilham Aliyev also commented on the talks in Moscow, which were going on at that very moment. The Azerbaijani leader called them “the last chance” for Yerevan. «Withdraw the troops, return to negotiations, take on commitments, ”he addressed the Armenian leadership in absentia.“ We give (to Armenia.— “B”) a chance to leave our territories peacefully. We will return these territories anyway and restore our territorial integrity. We do not want bloodshed, but we want our territories, and they (the Armenians – “B”) do not miss this chance. ” At the same time, the Armenian side considers such rhetoric unacceptable.

What both Baku and Yerevan agree on is that Moscow has become a suitable platform for trying to find common ground.

“The OSCE Minsk Group, which should deal with the Karabakh settlement, has only three co-chairs. In the US, everyone is busy with the presidential elections. France has taken a position unacceptable for Azerbaijan, and therefore her word cannot be weighty. Only Russia remains. We can say that its strategic neutrality is bearing fruit, “Azeri political scientist and Valdai Club expert Farhad Mammadov told Kommersant. Mikael Zolyan, a deputy from the ruling My Step bloc in Armenia, assured Kommersant: “Russia is the most influential player in the South Caucasus, and everything that happens cannot but affect its interests, especially the aggressive participation of Turkey and the terrorist groups it sponsors. on the side of Azerbaijan. Well, it’s not a secret for anyone that Russia has a rich set of tools for achieving its goals – political, diplomatic and military. “

“Moscow still has some authority to at least try to act as a mediator. But one thing must be understood: the former adherence to the status quo in the future will only lead to Russia’s loss of initiative and popularity – and in the eyes of not only Azerbaijan, but also Armenia, – Yuri Mavashev, director of the Center for the Study of New Turkey, told Kommersant. – Authority always loses the force that is unable to offer anything new. ” According to the expert, the main task of the negotiations today is “to isolate as much as possible, at least, all non-regional players in their ability to influence the conflict.”

«In this sense, only the participation of Russia, Turkey and certainly Iran can at least create a basis for further negotiations, ”he added.

“It cannot be said that Moscow joined the settlement with a delay – rather, it took a more balanced position, taking a pause to see how the situation will develop,” said Stanislav Pritchin, senior researcher at the Center for Post-Soviet Studies at the IMEMO RAS. “All previous attempts to bring the parties to the negotiating table immediately after the start of the escalation did not lead to anything. “On the ground,” nothing changed, and the parties were simply not ready to make concessions and achieve progress or compromise in the negotiations, the expert reminded Kommersant. “From this, Russia ultimately also lost, investing its diplomatic efforts, time and energy into a negotiation process that has not moved anywhere for 26 years. Now the parties have tried to sort things out on their own, including on the battlefield. Perhaps now the alignment of forces will make it possible to move forward in the negotiations. “

However, all Friday’s statements by the parties to the conflict indicated that it would be extremely difficult to move forward on any political issues.

Pavel Tarasenko; Kirill Krivosheev, Terter; Hayk Halatyan, Yerevan; Galina Dudina


Escalation in the Caucasus (Junge Welt newspaper)

Karo Sahakyan / ArmGov PAN Photo via AP

Target of Azerbaijani rocket launchers: The capital of the »Artsakh Republic« Stepanakert (October 4th, 2020)

The war in the Caucasus escalated further over the weekend. Cities in Azerbaijan and the Armenian exclave Nagorno-Karabakh came under rocket fire on the other side. A week ago, Azerbaijani troops began an offensive to retake Nagorno-Karabakh and other provinces captured by Armenia in the early 1990s. On Saturday, Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan accused Turkey of being directly involved in the “unprecedented offensive” with 150 high-ranking officers who lead Azerbaijan’s military operations. Jihadist mercenaries who were recruited by the Turkish military in northern Syria are also used on the Azerbaijani side.

The Baku government accused the Armenian armed forces on Sunday of bombing the second largest Azerbaijani city of Ganja. While the Ministry of Defense in Yerevan denied any shelling of Azerbaijan from Armenian territory, the president of the internationally unrecognized Republic of Artsakh, Arajik Harutjunyan, said the Nagorno-Karabakh defense forces had destroyed a military airport in Ganja. Troop bases in major Azerbaijani cities are now targets of the Defense Forces of Artsakh, announced Harutjunjan. This is a reaction to the previous shelling of civilians in Stepanakert, the capital of Artsakh, by Azerbaijani rocket launchers. While Azerbaijan reported land gains at the strategically important Sarsang Reservoir, the Armenian armed forces announced the downing of Azerbaijani fighter planes. There are no independent confirmations.

Russia, which has a military base in Armenia but also has good relations with Azerbaijan, only wants to send peacekeeping troops to the crisis region with the consent of Yerevan and Baku. Government spokesman Dmitry Peskov said on Saturday.

Meanwhile, the commander-in-chief of the guerrillas of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), Murat Karayilan, rejected reports in the Turkish government media that hundreds of Kurdish guerrillas had been sent to Nagorno-Karabakh as “black propaganda”. As “proof” the broadcaster had CNN Turk A photo of PKK fighters is presented with a flag of the former Colombian guerrilla FARC-EP presented as part of a solidarity message, which is similar in color to the Armenian national flag.

In view of the strategic military importance of the eastern Turkish province of Kars, an arrest warrant issued on Friday against the former mayor Ayhan Bilgen, appointed by the left-wing HDP, aims to weaken anti-militarist resistance in this border region with Armenia. The provincial capital of the same name was placed under a government administrator by Ankara.

Meanwhile, around a year after its last major invasion of northern Syria, Turkey is preparing for a new attack against the local autonomous region of Rojava. “If the terrorist areas are not cleared as promised, we will take matters into our own hands,” threatened Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Saturday. The Kurdish news agency ANF already reported Turkish troop relocations in the already occupied Syrian areas.


They want to push Russia out of the South Caucasus

The Armenian diplomat told on the air of Radio Komsomolskaya Pravda when Yerevan asks Moscow for military intervention in the Karabakh conflict

A photo: Ivan MAKEEV

– You have already stated that Yerevan is not going to turn to Russia and the CSTO for assistance, while adding the word “bye”.

– Yes it is. Because we found ourselves in completely new realities – we already have a NATO country – Turkey is becoming a participant in hostilities. Turkey is one of the pillars of provoking this conflict, its sponsor and operator. She is waging a psychological, informational, engineering war with Azerbaijan against Armenia. Therefore, and “bye.” We are looking at what Turkey will lead to by declaring a policy of “one people – two states” (Turks and Azerbaijanis are kindred peoples – ed.). Apparently, they want to unite and push Russia out of the South Caucasus, provoking a big war?

– People are dying. And now you have to do whatever you want to sit down at the negotiating table.

– We have never refused to negotiate on the international legitimate platform – the Minsk Group, where Russia is the co-chair (along with the USA and France, ed.). But in the neighboring republic, the population was prepared for war. Aliyev (the President of Azerbaijan – ed.) Has just said that this (Karabakh – ed.) Belongs to them historically, and Azerbaijan will not agree with anything else. And negotiation is a compromise. Apparently, Baku does not want to agree with anything. And he wants to achieve his military means.

Vardan Toganyan, Ambassador of Armenia to the Russian Federation

Vardan Toganyan, Ambassador of Armenia to the Russian Federation

A photo: Ivan MAKEEV

– Is there a solution to this situation?

– Yes, there is a solution. And the conflict can be settled at the negotiating table, exclusively by compromise. And Russia is making a lot of efforts for this.


“This must end”: Azerbaijani Ambassador told why aggravation began in Nagorno-Karabakh

Polad Bulbul made a statement on the Komsomolskaya Pravda radio (details)


Florida: Bomb Threat at Pensacola Naval Air Base

Both entrances to the facility had been closed and the base instituted a shelter-in-place order for those still inside. Base security teams were investigating this bomb threat.

As the base later reported on its Facebook page, “Beginning Monday, September 28, access restrictions will be lifted only for essential personnel and residents of NAS Pensacola. The sunset to sunrise curfew will also be lifted. It will wake up tomorrow. Bayou Grande and Sherman Cove Marinas will be closed on Monday, September 28th. “

Bomb threat forces evacuation at NAS Pensacola