Originally Posted by pigeonracer
It (the Kursk incident, or more accurately the rescue denials) highlights perfectly the absolute paranoia that Putin and co feel for the west in regards to anything military. Sacrificing their own people, letting them die all because the rescue crew were 'westerners' couldn't be any more paranoid. Help was offered multiple times at the highest levels only to be knocked back because of Putins intense paranoia.
Then I referenced Putin again in releation to his awful track record with the truth as was seen during the poisoning of Alexander Litvinenko with polonium-210 that left a trail of breadcrumbs all the way back to Putin, radioactive breadcrumbs at that. Yet he lied and denied all knowledge.
Those two traits; absolute paranoia and pathological lieing lead me not to trust anything that comes from any source in the Russian government and that applies to the PAK-FA.
Hmm, let me sum it up> Kursk rescue was a failure ---> logically, PAK-FA does not exist... There is some geniality in this weird connection..
But I absolutely agree with you, Russian govt is not to be trusted. I only hope you treat your own govt's lies the same way. If for nothing else then because they have had a far further reaching impact than on an ex-KGB agent, few reporters and submarine sailors.