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The US didn´t want the chinese to get their hand on the shkval missiles, who could possibly use it against US, and wasnt happy about the russians showing/offering it to the Chinese.
The Russian Government made out by Debt to the US being forgiven and the US was forgiven by being exonerated for causing Russian casualties.
I remember well the story. I had the feeling that they could have been rescued but it was better leave them at their destiny.
Funny how whenever I read of the latest 8766 terrorist 8767 threats in the media, that the 8766 terrorists 8767 are scaring us with 8766 555 Kiloton Nukes 8767 . One hit the Pentagon, that means there are 76 left
When at last it dawned on the fleet commanders that some catastrophic disaster had caused the Kursk to plunge to the bottom, twenty three of the submarine 8767 s crew had sought refuge in the rear section, confident of rescue. No one has satisfactorily explained why these men didn 8767 t use the escape hatch (the boat lay in relatively shallow waters) but the fact remains, they sat in total darkness for two days, writing notes to loved ones until the air regeneration plant failed, caught fire and filled their compartment with lethal fumes. What makes this disaster more tragic and memorable is the fact British and Norwegian navy rescue teams were prepared to help but denied the opportunity until it was too late!
Vice-president Dick Cheney & Condaleezza Rice were immediately rushed away to atomic bunkers where they immediately call Moscow. Why Moscow?
Why does it have to be a USA vs Russia thing??? BOTH countries have suffered this same tragedy. Why can 8767 t it about remembering and honoring the men who lost their lives while serving their countries???
Your remember the confusion and when Kursk first sank? the first reports, from the russian admiral (Popov?) at the scene, mentioned that it was foreign submarines responsible, and they even called in anti-sub helicopters and planes to try hunt the subs, but that admiral later withdrew his statement.. (and later on was fired by putin) After a month or two the russians instead made a statement about that Kursk had used to old outdated torpedoes, and one of them had just sort of just suddenly exploded, all by itself more or less.
At the time there was a bit of a 8766 disagrement 8767 between China and USA, over Taiwan.
Taiwan belongs to China, china thinks, US thinks owtherwise and had a strong naval presensce around Taiwan as china had threatened to march into taiwan with their military.
Whatever really happened: I cant beleive how long it took for the russians after the sinking, to say yes to foreign (Norweigan) help, over a week? and then it took a couple of days before the Norweigans could reach the scene etc.. and then there was ofcourse no survivors left.