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February 08, 2010


Methinks he doth protest too much.

Even as India kicked off the largest ever edition of its ‘Milan’ set of exercises, in which 12 countries from the region are participating, Navy Chief Admiral Nirmal Verma has said the multi-nation exercise is not aimed at creating a security bloc against China.

Elsewhere: France plans to sell as many as four Mistral assault ships to Russia.

Possessing a Mistral, which can carry 16 helicopters, would significantly increase the Russian military's capability to mount quick offensives. France sent a Mistral, which weighs 23,700 tons (21,500 metric tons) and is 980 feet (299 meters) long, to visit St. Petersburg last year in a clear sign of interest in a potential sale.

Which may go some way toward explaining a change in Russian inclinations: Officials from the United States, France and Russia called Monday for stronger measures against Tehran.

How serious is Russia? They have already suspended missile shipments to Tehran, until now somewhat quietly

Posted by Ghost of a flea at February 8, 2010 12:53 PM