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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.edit on 19-3-2012 by concernedcitizen519 because: (no reason given)
Ahh my bad, I'm usually better with these things. Breaking Political News needs to be added to the myATS page! Feel free to close the thread Mods.
Originally posted by Swills
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The trumpets have silenced
Originally posted by ILikeStars
Russian troops in Syria. Well .... technically there are billions of people closer to Syria than I am. Hopefully they can do something to regain prosperity and stability ... though I don't believe that is the total objective.
These are some of my serious thoughts on this particular issue.
America has enough enemies in the world; we don't need another one in Russia. Yet much of the recent media and political commentary on the Eurasian giant comes across as one sided, without nuance and unnecessarily alarmist. Russia is not our ally, but it is also not our foe. Of course, we can provoke a greater hostility if we really work on it. But doing so is plainly against our national interest.
Indeed, national interest is exactly the light under which U.S.-Russian relations should be examined. As Lord Palmerston said of England in the 19th Century, a great nation does not have permanent allies or permanent foes. That only sounds cynical; in fact, it is the basis for building serious, open-eyed cooperation that must benefit both countries.