‘We Don’t Need Aircraft Carriers, We Need Weapons to Sink Them With’ – Russian Defense Minister

Not bankrupting your country...what a novel idea

The US may have a military budget that far exceeds that of Russia, but it doesn’t matter since the Russian military is there to defend the country, not attack other nations, the Russian defense minister said.

Russia’s military budget received a hike a few years ago for a massive rearmament program, but has been rolled back in recent years. The Stockholm International Peace Research Institute estimated Russia to be the world’s sixth biggest defense spender in 2018, behind the US, China, Saudi Arabia, India, and France. Meanwhile, the Pentagon has been showered with money under the Trump administration, dwarfing other nations’ military budgets.

But the man in charge of the Russian Defense Ministry says his fellow Russians have no reasons to worry, because their taxpayer rubles are well spent.

“The US spends huge amounts of money on private military contractors, on aircraft carriers. Well, does Russia really need five to ten aircraft carrier strike groups, considering that we do not intend to attack anyone?” Defense Minister Sergey Shoigu told a Russian newspaper.

“We need the means we could use against the enemy’s carrier strike groups should our country come under attack. They are far less costly and more efficient.”

The minister also criticized Washington for its habit of justifying its military interventions throughout the world by the interests of the people living in the nations it targets.

“In which of the nations they went ‘to bring democracy’ did democracy flourish? Was that Iraq, Afghanistan or Syria?” Shoigu said. “And one certainly can forget about sovereignty and independence after American involvement.”

He added that the US doesn’t seem to be losing its appetite for ruining other nations, be it through military intervention or other means.

“Our Western colleagues love to accuse Russia of waging ‘hybrid wars’ or whatever. Well, I say [the] West is the one conducting actual hybrid warfare. The US now is about to leave Afghanistan in half-ruins and at the same time they work hard to stir things in Venezuela – all for the ‘triumph of democracy’ of course.”

The US tried this year to topple the Venezuelan government by supporting Juan Guaido, who declared himself interim president of the Latin American country. His pretendership, however, has not been that successful. His two attempts at triggering a large-scale public uprising and ousting President Nicolas Maduro fizzled despite Washington’s promise that it would lift crippling economic sanctions against Venezuela once their man takes control.

Source: RT

  1. ArcAngel says

    There you have it, a perfect example of an intelligent, well spoken Military man who has not forgotten his Humanity, or his responsibility to his Nation and its People.
    When this man talks people listen.
    In regards to this topic, nothing short of classic. Clear, concise and accurate. Served with some REALITY.
    Without a doubt Defense Minister Sergey Shoigu is my favorite “official” to read and watch on the world’s stage. The man is brilliant and with a cutting wit. FM Spokesperson Maria Zakharova is next on the list, followed by Pres Putin.

    “In which of the nations they went ‘to bring democracy’ did democracy flourish? Was that Iraq, Afghanistan or Syria?” Shoigu said. “And one certainly can forget about sovereignty and independence after American involvement.”

    1. DarkEyes says

      But, ladies first, ArcAngel, means Maria comes first.

  2. Jesus says

    Cost effectiveness of antiship missiles against carriers relying on Aegis air defenses that were introduced in the late 80’s and 90’s before the advent of supersonic and hypersonic missiles, rennders carrier battle groups highly vulnerable. A carrier battle group costing 20-40 billion can be neutralized by Oniks, Zircon and Khinzhal missiles fired from ships, air or underwater for the cost of a few hundred million.

    1. DarkEyes says

      If fired or when fired could mean the end of naval Hollywood, then.

  3. JustPassingThrough says

    The good general could have added, tongue in cheek, that “The u.s. does not build carriers to win wars but only to bolster the MIC.” The latest G. Ford carrier fiasco as case in point. Don’t even bring up the Brits and their lame navy. lol

    1. Lawrence b parker says

      Just passing through… don’t come back

      1. JustPassingThrough says

        wow l.b.p. one comment.
        truth get your nose out of joint, did it?
        wake up.

  4. George Silversurfer says

    Carriers are not that vital to Russia as it is for China.

    1. DarkEyes says

      Carriers are reduntant. We are living in 21st century.
      If attacked, russian weaponry is up and running hypersonic.

      The only thing left for the sailor when hypersonic is underway to the ship is to act fast and obligatory to take the jump overboard and save his life.
      End of ship.

  5. kevin says

    The real danger for/from Russia are submarines. Stealthy, typically undetectable, can sneak in, unleash a fatal volley of deadly missiles and escape again, undetected, to repeat not so much a worry from Russians, since their submarine force seems to suffer from the same general incompetence that is rampant in their corrupt society.

  6. Dale Ferguson says

    The most feared words in the World… “We are from the US, and we are here to help you”

    1. kevin says

      First uttered by the first president experiencing severe dementia. Nice.

    2. cap960 says

      Well said!

    3. jm74 says

      Gives a vision of a psycho administering a patient.

    4. ArcAngel says

      Thanks for the laugh Dale.
      Awesome comment.

    5. Ken Smith says

      All we wana do is spread FREEDOM

  7. John C Carleton says

    This is a military man understands the situation.

    Aircraft carriers were the cutting edge of Naval warfare during WW 2.

    WW 2 was seventy four years back.

    Time and technology moves on.

    When the troops are sent to war, why not send them with muzzle loading smooth bore muskets?
    They were the cutting edge of warfare in the 18th century.

    1. DarkEyes says

      As one knows there is one Hollywood in Calefornia.

      And there is the American “Hollywood navy industry” with the lifestyles of the ships and Aircraft Carriers associated with it.

      Apart from tons of moneys being made to create and maintain such a company it is all taxpayers moneys, thrown into the sea.
      Moneys, property of the people of the states of their Republic America.

      1. John C Carleton says

        USA, Washington DC, a foreign to America for profit corporation, never made one cent themselves, all the USA has, they have stolen at the end of a rifle, from the American people.

        The for profit for the USA corporation comes from the sweat of the brow of the struggle;ing American worker, in a crap economy, fashioned and instituted by the pedophile political prostitutes and Israhell Citizens holding forth in Sodom and Gomorrah on the Potomac.

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