Sunday, July 31, 2022
Russia’s naval fleet will start receiving the newest Zircon hypersonic anti-ship cruise missiles “in the coming months,” President Vladimir Putin has said.
The Russian president praised the weapon on Sunday, saying that “no obstacles” can stop the rockets.“The Russian Armed Forces will start receiving them in the coming months,” Putin said during a Navy Day speech in St. Petersburg. “The first ship equipped with this mighty weapon will be the frigate Admiral Gorshkov,” he added.
According to Putin, the frigate’s exact deployment will be chosen “in accordance with the interest of maintaining Russia’s security.”
Putin added that Russia will defend its maritime interests “resolutely and with all its capabilities.”
The missile, which can travel up to 1,500km (932 miles) when launched from surface ships, was first tested in 2020.
Public reaction in Russia can be generally described as frustration, anger, hate. From severe criticism addressed to Russian military and Navy Command, to demands to immediately attack Kiev, NATO, EU Capitals, you name it. Pure insanity mostly, but public in general is genuinely bewildered and enraged, at least those who still believe in Kremlin narrative.
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The crisis in China’s property market, exemplified by the default of Evergrande, the country’s most indebted real estate developer last November, is spreading. It is threatening a significant fall in economic growth under conditions where the government is battling to deal with the effects of the COVID pandemic.
Over the past few weeks, a home-buyer boycott movement has developed in which purchasers are refusing to continue payments for apartments they have purchased but which are still under construction.
One tried and true method throughout history that governments use to distract domestic discontent is to focus the public attention on a foreign threat.
When you consider all of these factors together, we have an extremely volatile situation where China may very well use military force to repel a “foreign” enemy. I realize that many of the U.S. foreign policy establishment are betting that China will back down. I would not take that bet.