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General Igor Korobov is the new chief of GRU

The new chief of the Main Intelligence Directorate (GRU) of the General Staff of the Russian Armed Forces was appointed Lieutenant-General Igor Korobov. His appointment has become official Tuesday (2016 February 2), according a press release of the Defence Ministry from Moscow.

Shoigu_Korobov”Russian Minister of Defence General of the Army Sergei Shoigu has presented a personal standard to the new Chief of the Main Directorate of the General Staff of the Russian Armed Forces Lieutenant General Igor Korobov.

Lieutenant General Igor Korobov was appointed to the position of the Chief of the Main Directorate of the General Staff – Deputy Chief of the Main Operational Directorate of the General Staff of the Russian Armed Forces by a Decree of the President of the Russian Federation.”

The ceremony was held at the headquarters of the central board. On Friday, February 5, Korobov will take his new study.

Korobov’s predecessor, Igor Sergun, died on January 3 at the age of 58. He had held the position since 2011.

Last week, Russian mass-media wrote that late GRU Chief General-Colonel Igor Sergun’s successor will be one of the military intelligence directorate’s current deputy chiefs:  Vyacheslav Kondrashov, Sergey Gizunov, Igor Lelin, or Igor Korobov. Of the four officers, accidentally or not, about Korobov‘s career is known the less information. One thing is clear: Korobov is a top insider and will keep continuity in this important secret agency. The GRU bureaucracy fears about appointment of an outside chief (from the FSO or SVR) were groundless. Really groundless ?! I have some doubts because… there is an interesting move.

What about Dyumin ?

Speculation focused on name of Aleksey Dyumin (former Ground Forces Chief of Staff) was quickly turned up as a Deputy Minister of Defense appointment.  And, upss! … also today the President Putin appointed Alexei Dyumin Acting Governor of Tula Region until the newly elected Governor assumes office (after the resignation of Tula Region Governor Vladimir Gruzdev). Another Executive Order relieves Alexei Dyumin of his duties as Deputy Defence Minister of the Russian Federation.

Vladimir Putin with Alexei Dyumin (left) and Vladimir Gruzdev at Novo-Ogaryovo residence

Vladimir Putin with Alexei Dyumin (left) and Vladimir Gruzdev at Novo-Ogaryovo residence

”Mr Dyumin, you know, just as we all do, that Tula and Tula Region is the nation’s armoury. Considering your previous job – I am referring to the time you were Acting Ground Forces Chief of Staff – you should understand the importance of this region.

Moreover, in your capacity as Deputy Defence Minister you are in charge of the department of construction, housing and property relations, the expert directorate and the Main Military Medical Directorate – in a word, things that are of great importance in civilian life as well. Therefore, I expect you to use your knowledge and experience at your new job and to gain the people’s trust. You should strive to use the real results of your work, which the people should be aware of in their everyday life, in order to win their votes in the future” said President Vladimir Putin to the new Acting Governor of Tula Region.


Main Intelligence Directorate (GRU) of the General Staff – the central body of military intelligence in Russia. Created in 1918 under the name Registration Management Field Staff of the Revolutionary Military Council. We are dealing with all kinds of intelligence in the interest of the armed forces including intelligence electronic aerospace as well as reconnaissance and sabotage operations. In Soviet times it was one of the main centers of analysis of information on military-technical and military-industrial potential of the potential enemy.

Photo by credit Kremlin Press Service and Russian Ministry of Defence 

US wants to reassure Eastern European ally of NATO support

Vice President Joe Biden visits Romania and Cyprus

Joe Biden has arrived in Bucharest on Tuesday at what one senior official called a “complicated and challenging time in Europe” fostered by Russia’s “destabilizing” actions in Ukraine. Joe Biden said they all “must remain resolute in imposing greater costs on Russia and imposing those costs together”. “Europe’s borders should never again be changed at the point of a gun, which is why we continue to condemn — condemn — Russia’s illegal occupation of Crimea” Mr. Biden said at an air base in the Romanian capital of Bucharest where he met American and Romanian forces involved in joint military exercises.

Joe Biden (center) speech in front of military of Air Base Otopeni. Romanian Minister of Defence, Mircea Dusha.

Joe Biden (center) speech in front of military of Air Base Otopeni. Romanian Minister of Defence, Mircea Dusha (right).

A lot of discussion focused lately on Article 5 of NATO treaty – the “all for one, and one for all” principle that provides for a collective response to an armed attack on any member. To be…or not to be sure to support of others ! The new Strategic Concept, adopted at the Alliance’s 2010 Lisbon summit, established collective defense as one of its three main tasks, underscoring the importance of developing contingency plans, organizing joint exercises and training, and creating “visible assurance” within member states.

Article 5 – the “all for one, and one for all” principle that provides for a collective response to an armed attack on any member
Read more at http://www.project-syndicate.org/commentary/bogdan-klich-calls-for-the-alliance-to-develop-a-practical-plan-to-defend-europe-s-eastern-flank#KjRcSxaLhVY4jdMG.99

Since Crimea was annexed, NATO has put AWACS surveillance planes in the skies over Poland and Romania, dispatched warships to the Baltic and Black seas and sent U.S. Army troops to Poland, Romania and the Baltic states. Romania, a staunch U.S. ally, joined NATO in 2004 and the U.S. has a base in the Romanian Black Sea port of Constanta. Biden will meet President Traian Basescu and Prime Minister Victor Ponta on Wednesday, when American vice-president will try to reassure Romania leaders that nobody should doubt Washington’s commitment to Article Five of the alliance’s charter, which states that an attack on one member is an attack on all.

The confrontation between Russia and the West will also be a key issue in Cyprus where Biden will arrive on Wednesday.

The Cypriot government has warned of the devastating impact that any new sanctions directly targeting the Russian economy could have on its own fortunes, given that its finance industry is a key conduit of Russian investment and savings.

The senior US official noted that Cyprus, as a European Union member, was party to the bloc’s decision making and actions in imposing sanctions on Russia over Ukraine. “We are aware and understanding of the exposure of Cyprus to Russian economic activity and Russia economy pressure” the official said.

In March, Biden visited Lithuania and Poland and traveled to Ukraine the following month. President Barack Obama also is expected to visit Poland in June for the 25th anniversary of the country’s first democratic elections.

“Vector 2014“ – Romanian Navy forces training starts in the Black Sea

GNFOS (Special Operation Forces Naval Group)According to a press release of Romanian Ministry of National Defence, over 1,600 military marines take part to the exercise called “Vector 2014“, held during 5 to 9 May 2014 in Romania’s territorial waters and in international waters of the Black Sea.
“Vector“ military drill is held each year to train all structures of the Romanian Navy to fulfill properly the tasks entrusted.
Ministry press release adds that this military mission was planned a year ahead, is included in the main activities of the Romanian Naval Forces Staff, and has nothing to do with the current crisis in Ukraine.