A flotilla of five Russian warships laden with hundreds of troops, which is headed toward Syria, is a show of force meant to deter Western armies
from intervening in the war-torn nation, the London-based Sunday Times reported.
Interesting developments as the west/NATO and Russia take sides in this conflict, which also indirectly involves Iran, and has much broader potential
implications for the region, and especially for Israel.
NATO’s recent deployment of Patriot anti-missile batteries in Turkey has raised concerns in Moscow about its ability to maintain a strategic
foothold in the country, the report said, .
There has also been increasing indication that Israel and the US are mulling a military move in Syria to secure the country’s sizable stockpile of
chemical weapons, which decision-makers fear could be turned against Israel, as well as on Syrian rebels, should Assad come to the conclusion that his
days are numbered.
Wouldn't we all be better off if there was NO outside involvement in the Syrian "civil war"?
If the West and NATO in particular were to become involved in the Syrian civil war they would do it with the sanction of the UN, as was the case in
Russia sending a handful of warships to the area may be more about their contingency to evacuate Russian civilians and personnel from an increasingly
anarchic situation, rather than a deterrent to NATO. You see, if NATO was to move in they would do so via Turkey, as that would be more logistically
If push came to shove, there is sod-all a handful of Russian warships could do in the Mediterranean – a NATO controlled sea. However, push will not
come to shove and war-mongers will be confounded, yet again.
Originally posted by cybro
It's about time someone puts an end to the US invading every country that isn't owned by Goldman Sachs.
Maybe the more appropriate words here and now would be "it's just a matter of time"?
In time the meaning of that will become very clear....
That said, the US hasn't invaded Syria, and so far hasn't made any overt moves or threats to do that, or even to directly intervene, unless Chemical
weapons are used by the Assad regime.
The Russians have strategic interests in Syria that are far more important to them than either the Assad regime, or the rebels. IF Assad falls their
interests must be protected, and they will do that regardless of any US and NATO moves.
Still, a dangerous situation, especially when you add to the complexity with both Iran and Israel.
5 ships and a few hundred troops....hardly a major fleet....they're probably just there to protect russian interests just the same as every nation
does and if a few hundred russian soldiers can hold off an attack from the combined western world then theres no real chance and its time to learn
russian eh comrades?
The Russians didn't deny the moves, and explained them this way:
In a statement, the Russian Defense Ministry said the ships were preparing for a large naval maneuver whose aim was to “improve the management,
maintenance and testing of the interaction of naval forces.”
Originally posted by sonnny1
The Russian Bear will remain sleeping.
Don't underestimate them, and you are right, their involvement in support of Assad will be minimal and proportional to that of NATO and the USA, so
for the most part the bear will sleep, with one eye open.
With a buildup of 16 Russian warships carrying thousands of marines on the Syrian coast “to deter the West from deploying ground forces in
Syria,” Syrian Bashar Assad could afford to brazen it out in his first public speech in seven months. Speaking at the Damascus opera house, Sunday,
Jan. 6, Assad said Syria no longer takes dictation from anyone and called on Syrian citizens to defend the country against “a war fought by only a
handful of Syrians and many foreigners.”
and on that note, i'd guess they are headed to Jordan.
i'm surprised so many of you don't realize this already.
here's a few sources link 1 link 2 (see addl stories in the margin of the page) link 3 link 4 link 5
After the exercise elements of the Northern Fleet will head for anti-piracy mission off the Horn of Africa.
MOSCOW, December 19 (RIA Novosti) - A naval task force from Russia’s Northern Fleet left the Severomorsk base on Wednesday and set course for
the Horn of Africa on a new anti-piracy mission, the Defense Ministry said on Wednesday. It includes the large antisubmarine ship Severomorsk, the
salvage tug Altai, and the tanker Dubna, as well as a contingent of naval infantry subunits. The force will travel the length of the Mediterranean,
pass through the Suez Canal and relieve the Pacific Fleet task force that has been there on an anti-piracy mission since November. Meanwhile a Baltic
Fleet task force set sail on Tuesday for the eastern Mediterranean where it will relieve a group of Black Sea warships. The force includes the frigate
Yaroslav Mudry, the large landing ships Kaliningrad and Alexander Shabalin, the salvage tug SB-921 and the tanker Lena. The new anti-piracy mission is
expected to reach the region by mid-January. Russia keeps a naval task force in the Gulf of Aden as part of the international effort to fight piracy
off the Somali coast. Russian warships have successfully escorted hundreds of commercial vessels from various countries through Somali coastal waters
since 2008, when Russia joined the international anti-piracy mission in the region. A recent study estimated the cost of piracy to the world economy
from disruption to international trade at between $7 billion and $12 billion. In February 2011 the United Nations launched an action plan to combat
piracy off the Somali coast, calling for greater support from national navies to fight a “global menace” that threatens not only international
trade but the world body’s delivery of vital food aid to millions of hungry people. According to latest UN reports, pirates carried out 291 attacks
and hijackings in the first 10 months of 2012, taking at least 293 hostages.
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