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Posted 12 April 2020 - 09:11 PM
And what does Moscow’s medical aid to the U.S. reveals about Russia’s Electromagnetic Warfare capabilities?
Confusion followed over the exact nature of the assistance: while Moscow dubbed the cargo “humanitarian aid,” it turns out Washington actually purchased the equipment. This alone is a fantastic irony, and it represents another successful effort by the Kremlin to exploit the coronavirus pandemic. It was also turned into a great source of pride and propaganda in the Russian press.
What followed from Moscow’s self-serving act of international propaganda is borderline ridiculous. First, it appears the United States potentially violated its own sanctions regime in order to purchase the Russian medical equipment.
The culprit is the Aventa-M ventilators produced by the company Ural Instrument-Engineering Plant (UPZ). UPZ is a subsidiary of the holding company Concern Radio-Electronic Technologies (KRET). In turn, KRET is part of the state corporation Rostec—Russia’s largest military industry conglomerate.
The core business of UPZ is dual-use. It works as a manufacturer of military aircraft equipment - notably flight instruments and sensors—but also as a producer of mechanical ventilation devices for civilian markets, among other medical supplies.
The problem is that both KRET and Rostec have been under U.S. sanctions since July 2014, after the Treasury’s Office for Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) added both entities to its sanctions list. This came as a response to Russia’s illegal annexation of Crimea and ongoing aggression against Ukraine.
Whether or not state-owned Russian Direct Investment Fund (RDIF) was involved in the transaction, it appears the Trump administration did not issue a special waiver or import license to make the Russian shipment legal under OFAC.
To add grievance to injury, KRET is one of Russia’s electromagnetic warfare (EW) national champions. Through the purchase of medical equipment from UPZ, the United States is therefore indirectly financing the development of Russia’s EW systems.
The production of EW capabilities in Russia is highly concentrated under Rostec. After the ‘wake-up call’ caused by the war with Georgia in 2008, Russia’s defence industry integrated national production efforts under KRET and the Sozvezdie concern.
Created in 2009, KRET has scaled up to become a leader in the manufacture and production of radio-electronic equipment and EW capabilities. It is at the forefront of electronics systems integration for advanced Russian military hardware - notably Mi-28 and Mi-24 helicopters, Tu-160M strategic bombers, and S-500 missile systems, among others. The holding company is also responsible for R&D and scientific development in electronics and EW.
Russia’s bustling EW segment
After a decade of consolidation, EW is now a leading segment of Russia’s military industry and technology, honed by recent modern warfare adaptations. In Russian military thinking, EW represents an asymmetric force multiplier aimed at compensating what the leadership perceives as conventional inferiority against peer and near-peer competitors.
EW is approached holistically in the Russian armed forces: in recent years, a Directorate of the Chief of EW Troops was created to streamline processes at the brigade level. Specialised personnel in EW are trained and deployed throughout the Russian armed forces - including the recent creation of specialised anti-UAV EW units.
EW systems are increasingly integrated in tactical and strategic systems across all army branches with specialised equipment. For instance, Russia’s robust air defence systems are now layered with powerful EW capabilities—from jamming stations to passive detection and Command & Control systems.
The number of specialised troops and dedicated hardware will increase in the years to come, as it is deemed a procurement priority under the current State Armament Programme until 2027.
Like all sectors of the Russian military industry, the EW segment has been impacted by international sectoral sanctions and by the breakdown of military-industrial ties with Ukraine. The negative effects of sanctions, however, have been somewhat limited in the EW segment with the injection of state capital for civilian and dual-use production, as part of the ongoing ‘civilianisation’ effort in the Russian military industry.
For instance, Ural Instrument-Engineering Plant (UPZ) has been steadily increasing its share of civilian products for the past few years. It will certainly use the pandemic to further strengthen its output of ventilators and other mechanical ventilation devices for the medical sector.
Whatever the impact of sanctions on Russia's electromagnetic warfare segment, it remains that the Kremlin sold medical equipment to the United States, who in turn violated its own sanctions regime and indirectly subsidised the Russian military industry. #RussiaHelps is now trending on social media: Moscow is certainly helping itself very well these days.
Mathieu Boulegue is a research fellow with the Russia and Eurasia Programme at Chatham House - The Royal Institute of International Affairs.
Posted 14 April 2020 - 10:27 AM
They should have shipped food and medical supplies to poor countries. Not to efffing Jew York.
It is simply Satanism, to impose a 'lockdown' on any poor population, without giving them the means of economic survival to get through the days and weeks of deprivation. May God bring the world's poor their daily bread, and quickly end the rule of the global satanic cabal.
In the richer, developed world, the covid-19 coronavirus lockdown is often only inconvenient. Having food, a roof overhead, some savings or continuing income, many of us are ok even tho our activities are limited by law.
But in the developing world, in countries such as Uganda, India and Indonesia with little social safety net, the lockdown is catastrophic, and people are literally starving to death.
Even in wealthy Britain - where the social safety net is not comprehensive - some are going hungry.
So just imagine what is happening in countries such as India, where people are starving to death, and being beaten by police as they try to find food.
It is clearly a violation of human rights for any government to tell people to stay at home, without ensuring that household's supply of food and life's basics, including continuing housing.
Even if one accepts that there might be hundreds of thousands of dead from a 'virus pandemic', one must balance this against the thousands of dead and destroyed lives from the economic destruction of a lockdown.
British government internal documents, apparently suggest there may be 150,000 dead as a result of a long lockdown, with all its psychological and material harms, ranging from starvation to suicide - and thus many more than would likely be killed by the virus.
Obviously the numbers of dead from lockdown-induced starvation and tragedy, would be multiples of that in the developed world, with millions of lives at risk.
Yet we have almost no developing world leader, speaking out against this insanity. Leaders of India and Indonesia, for example, barely hesitated to order starvation and death for their own people, in order to please international masters seeking their 'coronavirus cooperation'.
A rare exception is the president of Belarus, Alexander Lukashenko, who has not only rejected the lockdown pressure, but talks openly of "elites manipulating the coronavirus crisis for their own benefit." Lukashenko asks, "Doesn't it seem to you that the powerful forces of the world would like to remake the world, without a war, through this 'corona psychosis'?"
We also can note that, a few countries such as South Korea and Taiwan (and Sweden for a while), have taken some reasonable, limited virus-control steps, but do NOT shut down their economies ... they urge face masks, they quarantine the sick and track their contacts, but they quietly reject the destroy-the-economy insanity. Shops and workplaces and restaurants remain open. Tho these nations hesitate to openly denounce the globalist agendas, even whilst they practice a more sensible approach at home.
In general, no major national leader or institution, is willing to simply speak common sense for the global poor here. Across the board, we see a general moral bankruptcy, China and Russia also playing their roles in the lockdown hysteria.
Clearly the satanic cabal has its tentacles everywhere.
It is a standard rhetorical deception to over-emphasize one fact in an argument, and then pontificate something along the lines of, 'One dead person is too many' ... leading to advocacy of something that does much more damage to a society, including many more dead, dead whose tragedies are ignored in order to fulfil an agenda. You see this game on gun control, on migration, and now this.
The fact is, we often trade-off death counts for economic and life benefit ... tens of thousands of people dying in automobiles annually in many nations, is 'acceptable' given the benefit ... thousands of people die falling in home bathtubs every year, yet there is no outcry for 'banning bathtubs'.
The virus panic decision, is a straightforward if not cheerful question ... GIven a virus which appears to overall be 90% associated with the deaths of the already elderly or medically weak ... What is the justification for a draconian programme of economic and family destruction, and outright starvation of many, just to have somewhat fewer virus deaths of the vulnerable?
In the parts of the developing world where spiritual values are still held dear, you know something very clear there: Almost every elderly person, would gladly yield up their lives to a quicker passage to the afterlife, so their children and grand-children can have food, a home, and an education.
It is simply satanism, to impose a 'lockdown' on any poor population, without giving them the means of economic survival to get through the days and weeks of deprivation. May God bring the world's poor their daily bread, and quickly end the rule of the global satanic cabal.
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