Archive for August 2009

2009 Moscow Air Show   1 comment

sukhoi_su_35Over 400 Russian companies will participate in the MAKS-2009 air show outside Moscow on August 18-23, according to the Federal Service on Military and Technical Cooperation.

A total of 436 Russian organizations have filed applications for the air show, including 120 enterprises that will feature military products. Overall, 1,449 exhibits will be on display, including 470 full-scale models.

MAKS bills itself as a demonstration of the advantages and development trends of Russian science and industry in such high-tech areas as aviation, space, missile engineering.

More than 500,000 people are expected to visit the MAKS-2009 air show.

South Ossetia: One Year Anniversary   Leave a comment

ossetian_flag04.August.2009

Russian troops in South Ossetia have been put on increased combat readiness amid rising tensions on the de facto border with Georgia, officials said today.

Andrey Nesterenko, the spokesman for Russia’s Foreign Ministry, said the move was meant to prevent more violence.

The situation near South Ossetia has become increasingly tense as the first anniversary of the Russian-Georgian war approaches Friday.

U.S. President Barack Obama and Russian President Dmitry Medvedev discussed the “lessons of last year’s Georgian crisis” in a telephone conversation late Tuesday, the Kremlin said in a statement. There was no elaboration.

After the war, Russia recognized South Ossetia and Abkhazia, another separatist region in Georgia, as independent nations and permanently deployed thousands of troops there.