posted on Dec, 9 2007 @ 06:39 PM
I do not believe that has anything to do with Israel or U.S. exercises.
For one thing, Russia has been holding talks with Syria for about 5 years now about a construction of a Russian navy sea port in Tartus, Syria. This
would give Russia access to the Mideterranean as well as a place to position their Black Sea Fleet, which is being moved out of Crimea but cannot be
accommodated by Russian Black Sea bases alone. This would also give Syria access to new Russian military contracts and possible long-term
Another thing that is being discussed in Russia, is that this exercise has something to do with Kosovo's upcoming independence issue. Serbia just
announced that it will be forced to take extraordinary measures if its province of Kosovo is forcefully separated by NATO. Meanwhile NATO is hellbent
on getting through with this independence by the end of December/January. Serbia has recently improved and strengthened its relations with Russia.
Although nothing has been announced by Russia, some suspect there is a military alliance forming between the two - and that would not surprise anyone
- Russians approve of it, Serbians approve of it, and Putin is eager to tests new ground.
So if military conflict breaks out in Kosovo, Russia could use its fleet to stage similar operations to the ones it staged in the first NATO
Yugoslavian War when a small Russian contingent took key installations in Prishtine. Only this time if Russia is involved you can bet it will be on a
larger scale, as a means to prevent NATO's actions. I don't know the exact positioning, but during part its exercises the carrier group will be
based in the Adriatic, fairly close to lend support to Serbia should it become needed. What is the U.S. carrier group there for I have no idea. It
might have something to do with Kosovo as well. At this point all of this is at best, pure speculation, but it is the best explanation I heard for
the timing and the location of this exercise.
And speaking of Kosovo - NATO is really getting themselves into deeper and deeper **** with Kosovo. Now that they are involved and it is eating up
into the budget, with all the peacekeepers and contingent groups there, they are looking for a quick way out. Kosovo will open the pandora's box for
Europe, and everyone and anyone who wants independence there will up their resistance in hopes of similar "assisted separation by force" that Kosovo
has achieved. Too bad no one is paying much attention to this. A new Yugoslavian conflict is in its final stages of development.