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West, Russia Jaw-Jaw Another Toothless Agreement over Ukraine

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* BBC: Ukraine crisis: Deal to ‘de-escalate’ agreed in Geneva. * USA Today: Obama skeptical over Ukraine deal. * FT: Russia’s Vladimir Putin still has friends in the west. A fact Russia’s ITAR-TASS news agency is quick to highlight. * CBS/AP: Pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine thumb noses at interim deal. * Kyiv Post: Security Service of Ukraine ramping up security operations in Kharkiv Oblast, plans to cordon off separatists in Donetsk. * RIA Novosti: Russian Defense Ministry Placed $140M Order at Crimean Shipyard. Earlier this week the ministry had announced a $470M contract for 16 MiG-29 SMTs. 2013 Selected Acquisition Reports * The Pentagon released their summary of last year’s SAR report, though they’re again behind the GAO. Asian Navies * The Philippines seems to have had a change of heart and will reportedly pursue the acquisition of a 3rd Hamilton Class cutter from the US, to be added to the 2 frigates they already procured that way. * Thailand and BAE Systems are discussing the local construction under license of a 2nd offshore patrol vessel for the Thai Navy. Exporting ships in the class to neighbor countries is also under discussion. Dassault Touts Its Wares * Today’s video […]

* BBC: Ukraine crisis: Deal to ‘de-escalate’ agreed in Geneva.

* USA Today: Obama skeptical over Ukraine deal.

* FT: Russia’s Vladimir Putin still has friends in the west. A fact Russia’s ITAR-TASS news agency is quick to highlight.

* CBS/AP: Pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine thumb noses at interim deal.

* Kyiv Post: Security Service of Ukraine ramping up security operations in Kharkiv Oblast, plans to cordon off separatists in Donetsk.

* RIA Novosti: Russian Defense Ministry Placed $140M Order at Crimean Shipyard. Earlier this week the ministry had announced a $470M contract for 16 MiG-29 SMTs.

2013 Selected Acquisition Reports

* The Pentagon released their summary of last year’s SAR report, though they’re again behind the GAO.

Asian Navies

* The Philippines seems to have had a change of heart and will reportedly pursue the acquisition of a 3rd Hamilton Class cutter from the US, to be added to the 2 frigates they already procured that way.

* Thailand and BAE Systems are discussing the local construction under license of a 2nd offshore patrol vessel for the Thai Navy. Exporting ships in the class to neighbor countries is also under discussion.

Dassault Touts Its Wares

* Today’s video from Dassault shows a formation flight they set up with a Rafale, a Neuron UAV, and a Falcon 7X business jet, followed by a behind-the-scenes explanation from Air & Cosmos:

 

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