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At least they tried to keep up appearances that even the puncture of view of image means something.
Originally posted by Holodomor
The way I figure it, dictatorship never left Russia. Yeltsin winning 92% of votes? Putin being ex-KGB, with huge support from the entire country? Very fishy indeed. My 2 cents.
A Russian military unit has arrived in Syria, according to Russian news reports, a development that a United Nations Security Council source told ABC News was "a bomb" certain to have serious repercussions.
Russia, one of President Bashar al-Assad's strongest allies despite international condemnation of the government's violent crackdown on the country's uprising, has repeatedly blocked the United Nations Security Council's attempts to halt the violence, accusing the U.S. and its allies of trying to start another war. Now the Russian Black Sea fleet's Iman tanker has arrived in the Syrian port of Tartus on the Mediterranean Sea with an anti-terror squad from the Russian Marines aboard according to the Interfax news agency.
The Assad government has insisted it is fighting a terrorist insurgency. The Russian news reports did not elaborate on the Russian troops' mission in Syria or if they are expected to leave the port. The presence of Russian troops in Syria could be a "pretty obvious" show of support to the regime, according to Russian security expert Mark Galeotti.
Originally posted by diamondsmith
I never thought that dictatorship can return to Russia even under a democratic form.
Russia is pursuing its national interests. The Red Army has been within its own borders for twenty years. Now the men in the Kremlin are asserting their presence again.
The United States moved its presence into the former Soviet Union after 9/11. The fact that the Russians are now reacting does not mean that Russia is under the boot of a dictator. All you can deduce is that national interest is informing Russian foreign policy again.