posted on Aug, 22 2011 @ 11:57 AM
reply to post by Skerrako
Russia and Syria have relations going back to the Soviet era, when they had a naval base on the Mediterranean. I think that Russia's relations with
Syria are more practical than political. They want to appease their trade partner, Iran, and they want to maintain their base in Syria because it
allows them to project power into the Mediterranean, without having to bypass the NATO-controlled Bosporus straits.
I don't feel like Russia is our enemy anymore. They are collaborating with NATO in Afghanistan now, and in the War on Terror (against the Islamic
Emirate of Chechya). I think that they are trying to maintain their image as a contra-American political force when they are in fact in more of a
friendly rivalry with America. It is unlikely that they will take any substantive action against the West.