“It is clear that the CFE Treaty in its original form has lost its relevance, and Russia does not intend to return to it. We either need a new agreement or a refusal of legally binding arms control instruments in favor of the development of confidence-building measures in the security field, as well as the enhancement of bilateral and multilateral military cooperation.” – Lieutenant General (in reserve) Evgeny Buzhinskiy, PIR Center Executive Board Chairman.
“Should European countries decide to supply arms to Ukraine, it would become a serious challenge for the EU export control system and European civil society, which made a lot of efforts to establish the European Union common rules for the arms sale. Today this truly effective tool, provided by both state and public control mechanisms, is questioned. Temptations to make exceptions to the rules are great, but these exceptions may very well become the rule”, – Vadim Kozyulin, PIR Center Senior Research Fellow.
“Rejecting nothing of what the life is offering – is my motto,” – today Vadim Kozyulin, PIR Center Senior Research Fellow, celebrates his 50th birthday. Happy birthday, Vadim Kozyulin!
Reform of the Russian Armed Forces: Assessing the Developments
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“Russia needs a modern army capable of mounting an adequate response to any challenges and threats, especially external ones."
General Nikolay Makarov, Chief of the General Staff of the Russian Armed Forces
On October 14, 2008, speaking at the meeting of the Defense Ministry board, Minister Anatoly Serdukov announced the beginning of a new stage of military reform. The reform affects all the key areas: increasing number of militaries, the central command structures, the organizational and stuff structure, and the officer training system. It also includes a phased rearmament program to equip the Russian Armed Forces with the latest weaponry and military hardware.
PIR Center has been keeping a close eye on the reform’s progress, devoting many pages of coverage to the issue in Russian edition of the Security Index journal and its International edition.
PIR Center Analysis
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- Stronger political and strategic role played by Russia in the Asia Pacific;
- Much closer economic ties with the East Asian countries;
- Accelerated economic development of the Russian Far East an...
Arms exports are an important component of foreign-trade and foreign-policy aspirations of every country that wants to strengthen its role on the global arena. It is no coincidence that amid the ongoing Ukrainian crisis, the EU, the United States, and Ukraine itself have sought to put pressure on Ru...