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Russian military helmet for NATO Secretary General as protection against blows of fate


The visit to Brussels of Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu last week and his participation in a meeting of the Russia-NATO Council at the level of heads of military departments is a significant event. At the headquarters of the North Atlantic Alliance, Sergei Shoigu visited more than once, but as the head of the Emergencies Ministry. But in the rank of Minister of Defense, he visited the capital of Belgium for the first time. But also, as they say, not with empty hands.

Relations between Russia and NATO have always been difficult. Nevertheless, the new ideas expressed by the minister and designed to make a significant contribution to the fight against international terrorism, particularly in Afghanistan, from which the alliance brings out its main forces next year, were favorably accepted by almost all members of the Russia-NATO Council. In addition to training specialists for the Afghan Air Forces who are trained at Russian facilities in Siberia, as well as police officers who specialize in combating drug trafficking, Sergei Shoigu proposed the creation of a training system for Afghan sappers. On the one hand, it will help clear the land of a long-suffering country, where the last 30 years the war has not stopped, from mines and unexploded shells. And on the other hand, it will give decent work and a decent income to a large number of young Afghan guys, who otherwise could be influenced by the Taliban, extremists and would join the ranks of terrorists.

Sergei Shoigu offered the international community and the help of Russian military experts in the destruction of the Syrian chemical weaponsHe also expressed hope that next year a joint project on the safe and environmentally friendly destruction of obsolete ammunition in the Kaliningrad region based on technologies developed in the NATO countries will enter the practical phase. One such plant is already operating in Turkey. Alliance officials promised to acquaint Russian specialists with the processes and technologies used there, but have not done so yet. It is possible that after the Russian minister attends a meeting of the Russia-NATO Council, the fulfillment of this promise will be accelerated.

Relations between Russia and NATO, it should be noted, are not limited to plans agreed or discussed this week in Brussels. The joint work of Moscow and Brussels on the fight against piracy in the Gulf of Aden, and also joint exercises at sea and in the sky, and with individual countries of the alliance and on land are known. Military-technical cooperation of the Russian military and their partners from the states of the North Atlantic bloc is underway. Work is continuing on the creation of a system for the remote detection of explosives, which is supposed to be used not only at aerodromes, railway stations and the subway, but also in other places where a large number of people are accumulating.

On the eve of the NATO-Russia Council meeting, NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen held only for Russian journalists, among whom was the author of these lines, an exclusive press conference where he noted that lately there has been more openness, predictability and trust between us. He highly appreciated the transparency of the Russian Armed Forces involved in the West-2013 exercise, when more than 80 representatives of foreign countries, including NATO countries, could witness the progress of these exercises, were familiarized in detail with their scenario, composition of forces and assets derived on maneuvers. Rasmussen promised the same transparency at NATO exercises, which will be held on the territory of Poland and the Baltic countries in the first days of November.

Although later, at a meeting of the Russia-NATO Council, Sergei Shoigu slightly noticed his colleagues from the alliance that the scenario of their teachings presupposes the help of the allies in the attack of a neighboring country on one of the states of the North Atlantic bloc. Who, the Russian minister said, is not difficult to guess. The Russian military had enough tact not to use such a formula, making the teachings anti-terrorist. NATO colleagues for some reason did not dare. Members of the Russian delegation, who were present in the meeting room, reported that many ministers looked down at these words.

But not only these "clumsy scenarios" restrain cooperation between Russia and the alliance. In the end, the plot for the exercises can be replayed. The implementation of the confrontational antimissile plans in Europe, attempts to revive the old CFE Treaty, advancing the NATO military infrastructure to the Russian borders, the policy of the alliance to expand its members, continues to be a much bigger obstacle between the parties. Anders Fogh Rasmussen informed the journalists that the doors of the alliance are open for Georgia and Ukraine, but they can enter there only when they meet the requirements of NATO. And in 2014, this is definitely not going to happen. But it seems that this is not only about Ukraine and Georgia. Colleagues were struck by the fact that tourists from Finland visited the NATO headquarters in Brussels.

Usually, NATO headquarters are not included in the tourist attractions of the capital of Belgium, and then forty housewives get acquainted with the halls for holding meetings of representatives of the 28 countries of the alliance, with rooms for press conferences, souvenir shops, with a dining room ... Why would it happen?

There are still unsolvable problems in the relations between Russia and NATO. One of them is European missile defense. "Working together in this area does not work," said Sergei Shoigu. "The missile defense program in Europe is developing, our concerns are not taken into account. I would like to emphasize that we continue to support mutually beneficial cooperation in missile defense, a collaboration that helps strengthen the security of each However, before launching general anti-missile projects, we need firm and reliable legal guarantees that the US missile defense system will not be used against Russian nuclear forces "In addition, we lack predictability regarding US and NATO missile defense plans."

The NATO Secretary General, in turn, told Russian journalists that he really wants the ABM dialogue to be revived. “We previously agreed to create a NATO missile defense system because we believe that the missile threat is a real threat. As a defense alliance, we must provide our population from any threat,” said Anders Fogh Rasmussen. “We view this threat as real. Therefore, we we need an appropriate defense system that we are going to develop in the coming years. By 2018, our missile defense system will fully protect the people of Europe and NATO countries. "

On the sidelines of the headquarters we were told that the missile defense problem was too politicized for the parties to agree on some of its points. All disputes and consultations should be entrusted to experts. Let them find a technically and technologically acceptable option that will bring Russia and NATO closer to agreement on this issue. Other experts referred to the position of the United States. Washington is the largest sponsor of the North Atlantic Alliance (75% of unit costs are paid by the United States). As they say, so NATO members will behave. It is necessary to seek a solution to the problem not at the level of Moscow-Brussels, but at the level of Moscow-Washington.

But let's not talk about sad things. “If we give some general assessment of our joint activities,” noted Sergey Shoigu at his final press conference, “the participants of the meeting of the Council were unanimous in the opinion that cooperation between Russia and NATO recently, even if there are acute, unresolved problems so far , have made significant progress, but the interaction horizons must be expanded. "

By the way, at the end of his speech at the NATO-Russia Council, Sergei Shoigu presented the Alliance Secretary-General Anders Fogh Rasmussen with a small gift - a soldier's helmet painted for Khokhloma, a bowler hat and a flask. He said: “Do not think that there is some militaristic meaning hidden there. Not at all. It’s just a souvenir - a kind of protection from the blows of fate. Each participant of the current meeting of the Russia-NATO Council will receive the same souvenir through military attaches accredited in Moscow .

Perhaps the Russian soldiers' helmets, worn on the heads of the alliance’s defense ministers, will help them understand us better.
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  1. rrrd
    rrrd 1 November 2013 08: 40
    What kind of attitude can Russia and NATO be talking about !? They were created in order to destroy the USSR in the year 47 48
    1. svp67
      svp67 1 November 2013 08: 45
      Quote: rrrd
      What kind of attitude can Russia and NATO be talking about !?

      "Better a thin world than a good war ..."
      1. vladimirZ
        vladimirZ 1 November 2013 09: 42
        "Better a bad peace than a good war ..."

        So it is so. Just do not forget that NATO was, is and will be an aggressive military bloc approaching Russia's borders. NATO, like that cat Vaska from Krylov's fable, "listens, but eats" slowly the territory of the former USSR.
        As they say you want peace, get ready for war.
        Based on this, the current realities must be taken into account. With the inclusion of Ukraine and Georgia in NATO, which is not a fact, we must assume that European Russia will be in a matter of minutes of defeat, no more than 10, weapons of mass destruction and capture by ground forces during the day, given our traditional buildup.
        Therefore, Russia faces very big problems, starting with the organization of defense, the transfer of state government bodies or the creation of their duplication in the Asian part of Russia, and maybe the transfer of the capital of the state to a safer part of Russia, as well as the organization of an appropriate response on NATO and in the USA.
      2. Grandson of Veteran
        Grandson of Veteran 1 November 2013 11: 43
        "The NATO Secretary General, in turn, told Russian journalists that he really wants the dialogue on missile defense to be revived."
        And under this dialogue they will just bring ABM to mind! Something very very thin world looms !!
        1. varov14
          varov14 1 November 2013 17: 44
          Dear military, the Minister of Defense should be first of all dedicated to the technical essence of the ABM case. Or, knowing the technical essence, he naively believed that Americans 75% sponsor the formation of our missile defense system. The geyropeytsy are not fools to see if rockets are to be pulled from somewhere in the east, are we forced to shoot them down, or is it written on the warhead that it is flying to Paris, and not to Moscow? They are building their missile defense system to protect us from us, and it’s enough to fool around. Come up with an adequate answer.
      3. Botanologist
        Botanologist 1 November 2013 20: 27
        Quote: svp67
        Better a thin world than a good war

        You are mistaken. For me it’s better to have a good war than such a bad world, as in the 1993 year, when we all profiled.
        What are you so afraid of war? The Americans are not afraid, and they built everyone. And you repeat nonsense.
    2. 755962
      755962 1 November 2013 21: 03
      Sergei Shoigu gave the Alliance Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen a small gift - a soldier's helmet

      I recalled the episode when Rogozin put at the headquarters of NATO in memory of "Topol" and "Topol-M" winked

      “Since NATO was not happy with my poplar ... I decided to plant two at once there,” he wrote and published a photograph in which he planted two small trees.

      "On the left is just a poplar, and on the right is a poplar," he explained.

      It is noteworthy that the Deputy Prime Minister made landings under cover of night, and readers of his microblog on Twitter suggested that when it becomes known to NATO, there will be a “rustle”.

      What will be the next gift from NATO, one can only guess ...
      Russian savvy knows no bounds laughing
  2. rrrd
    rrrd 1 November 2013 08: 43
    A gift of course funny ambiguous)))
    1. svp67
      svp67 1 November 2013 09: 31
      Quote: rrrd
      A gift of course funny ambiguous)))

      It would be better if Shoigu gave him the "armored troopers" painted "under Khokh.loma" - the "general secretary" would be more useful ...
      1. rrrd
        rrrd 1 November 2013 09: 45
        ) Thanks for laughing.
      2. kaktus
        kaktus 1 November 2013 16: 44
        Armored pampers wassat
  3. nazgul-ishe
    nazgul-ishe 1 November 2013 08: 45
    Perhaps the Russian soldiers' helmets, worn on the heads of the alliance’s defense ministers, will help them understand us better.

    Theirs ministers think with their heads.
  4. Dazdranagon
    Dazdranagon 1 November 2013 08: 46
    With helmets well done, let the hint be laughing ... We must also give each of them a small model of Iskander and Poplar. bully
    1. abrakadabre
      abrakadabre 1 November 2013 13: 04
      With a vibro drive, as is now fashionable for such products in Europe.
  5. 123dv
    123dv 1 November 2013 08: 52
    Theme with a helmet, it's good, let them cherish their heads.
    1. Sergey47
      Sergey47 1 November 2013 18: 31
      It’s like a kind of pass when they will surrender. Well and so, maybe the mind will increase.
  6. Same lech
    Same lech 1 November 2013 08: 55
    Oh - yes, the Russian helmet KOLLOSAL - a new souvenir for western inhabitants (now there will be after the matryoshka) smile
  7. lewerlin53rus
    lewerlin53rus 1 November 2013 09: 02
    Yeah, so far only a helmet under the xlom. And then, in fact, if anything, we can paint ourselves under the xoxlom laughing
    (cool, the matfilter does not miss the word h.ohloma smilebut nothing, we can handle))
    1. Ezhaak
      Ezhaak 1 November 2013 10: 47
      Everything is correct. Forbids found a connection with Ukraine and its population. lol
  8. makarov
    makarov 1 November 2013 09: 11
    "..Maybe the Russian soldiers' helmets worn on the heads of the alliance defense ministers will help them understand us better."

    But what about (?) Wait. Immediately gathered the staff of NATO analysts and set the task- Why such a gift?
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  9. Polovec
    Polovec 1 November 2013 09: 35
    All the same, things will not go further than diplomatic reverence with NATO. They were and will be our enemies. Actually, this organization was created for this. There is no union, there is no Warsaw Pact, but they are expanding and strengthening. You can't believe a single word.
    And it is still not clear why we should: "Sergei Shoigu proposed to create a system for training Afghan sappers."
    It was only the Americans with their obsession that taught the Wahhabis how to blow us up, and now we ourselves will help them in this? Pilots and drug police must be helped to train, but demolitionists (sappers) on our heads we do not need to cook.
    1. abrakadabre
      abrakadabre 1 November 2013 13: 08
      So you need to teach them not to mine, but to mine ... by self-blasting.
  10. mitya24
    mitya24 1 November 2013 09: 35
    Guys from Ukraine, would be ashamed to leave their comments ironic. You need to blush for open doors.
  11. vlad.svargin
    vlad.svargin 1 November 2013 09: 41
    [i] The participants in the Council meeting were unanimous in the opinion that cooperation between Russia and NATO has recently, albeit in the presence of acute, unresolved problems, made significant progress, but the horizons of interaction must be expanded. ”[i]

    Fresh tradition, hard to believe
  12. Neighbor
    Neighbor 1 November 2013 09: 49
    Better are the same nesting dolls with the inscription "Committee of Kuzkina Mothers" on a tray in the form of Khrushchev's sandal.
  13. Ivanovich47
    Ivanovich47 1 November 2013 10: 01
    Пora to stop trying to agree with NATO on Euro-missile defense. It is difficult to negotiate with potential enemies. The Alliance will create a modern missile defense system. And Russia must develop and really implement adequate measures that would neutralize the capabilities of the NATO missile defense as much as possible.
  14. svp67
    svp67 1 November 2013 10: 46
    Sergei Shoigu presented the Alliance Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen with a small gift - a soldier's helmet painted under an ohm, a bowler hat and a flask
    ... and well crammed with intelligence special equipment ...
  15. Peaceful military
    Peaceful military 1 November 2013 11: 32
    I do not understand these polites of the times of the collapse of the USSR. What is the point of wasting time and money to portray what is not and cannot be?
    Meanwhile, I just heard on the news that Judas Kudrin was back in power ... angry
  16. abrakadabre
    abrakadabre 1 November 2013 13: 10
    In addition, we lack predictability with regard to US and NATO missile defense plans. "
    How is this lack of predictability ?! There is predictability with a confidence probability of 100,0% that this missile defense is against us. This is clear to everyone.
  17. ed65b
    ed65b 1 November 2013 14: 22
    It was necessary to give a German dug helmet with a bullet hole. To be remembered.
  18. major071
    major071 1 November 2013 15: 19
    It is not necessary to give helmets, but night pots under the ho (x) crowbar, so that when they hear the word Russia, there is where to go immediately.
    1. carbofo
      carbofo 1 November 2013 16: 10
      Well, the helmet from the pot is not very different, besides it was said not to see the helmet in a militaristic sense :)
      And where are the photos of helmet-wearing gayropeytsy under ohm.
      1. Apollo
        Apollo 1 November 2013 16: 53
        quote-By the way, at the end of his speech at the Russia-NATO Council, Sergei Shoigu presented Alliance Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen a small gift - a soldier's helmet, painted under Omu, a bowler hat and a flask.

        It was necessary to present a helmet, a pot and a flask, and put an 3-x can of tomato under his head.
      2. abrakadabre
        abrakadabre 4 November 2013 10: 21
        Do not give helmets, but night pots under ho (x) crowbar

        Well, the helmet from the pot is not much different

        I will make you die. Take a helmet with a bullet hole, weld a handle on the side of the night pot. Give inverted with words so that they do not see the militaristic meaning.
  19. Ddhal
    Ddhal 1 November 2013 16: 50
    Note to the author:
    Regarding the use of the word "transparency".
    Firstly, the Great and Mighty offers to use much more words than the primitive language of international communication, and there is no sense in clever borrowing - no one on this site will appreciate and absolutely correctly do it.
    Secondly, "transparency" for a potential "partner" is hardly an advantage of the army.
    Although, in general, the article is optimistic, which pleases, especially in terms of the creative nature of the proposals of Sergei Kuzhugetovich.
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  21. Cherdak
    Cherdak 1 November 2013 18: 25
    Quote: rrrd
    Sergei Shoigu presented the secretary general of the alliance, Anders Fogh Rasmussen, with a small gift - a soldier's helmet, painted under the OM, a bowler hat and a flask. At the same time he said: “Don't think that there is some kind of militaristic meaning hidden here. Not at all.

    Of course not! In this kind of pideral party all over Europe, run around
  22. Migari
    Migari 1 November 2013 18: 34
    Anders Fogh Rasmussen informed reporters that the doors of the alliance are open for Georgia and Ukraine

    Well, of course, that's where you really want to.
    1. abrakadabre
      abrakadabre 4 November 2013 10: 24
      It should be reminded from time to time that the doors of the alliance are always open not only for Georgia and Ukraine, but also for "poplars" and similar "toys"
  23. Stinger
    Stinger 1 November 2013 23: 22
    It is not clear why we, when conducting various kinds of exercises, hide behind the fig leaf of the fight against terrorism. They do not bother with this mura. Everyone knows what is at stake. Or do we want to be holier than the pope? And about missile defense. We must explain to them that if the United States is deployed in Europe. then we will unilaterally withdraw from the START treaty and will be forced to deploy tactical missiles in the Kaliningrad region and Belarus
  24. derik1970
    derik1970 2 November 2013 01: 13
    However, before starting common missile defense projects, we need firm and reliable legal guarantees that the US missile defense system will not be used against Russian nuclear deterrence forces. = Absurd STATEMENT !!! What guarantees can there be about not using missile defense, this is a protection system and no more, a rocket flies when it is knocked down, it does not fly, it is not knocked down. How can a missile defense not be used against Russian nuclear forces, only when we ourselves do not fire our missiles, then the missile defense will not work on them! This is nonsense, how can the missile defense not be used if missiles fly, who will ask whose missiles they are. ABM will bring down everything. There are, as always, no missile defense specialists on our side, they say absurd things and are trying to achieve something from NATO. There has already been an article about the absurdity of such statements and that officials who are not specialists in missile defense features are sitting in the negotiations.
    1. abrakadabre
      abrakadabre 4 November 2013 10: 28
      The main point here is not that there will be several anti-missiles in the launchers. Although this is not pleasant to us. And the fact that, within the framework of unification, these missiles can be modified or replaced with products that can be fired at at ground targets. And if the special unit can be placed in an artillery shell of 155 mm, then even in such a missile. Moreover, the infrastructure will not need to be done. Already finished. And the flight time is very short.