January 31, 2019

TOOK VLAD LONG ENOUGH TO FIGURE OUT THE SHI'A AND AMERICANS WERE JUST USING HIM:

Are Russia, Iran engaged in tug of war over Syria? (Anton Mardasov, January 30, 2019, Al Monitor)

The controversy between Moscow and Tehran has always been a part of the Syrian conflict. However, the debates between the two have started to become more political in nature, influencing the future of Syria's armed forces and other military entities. [...]

Sources in the Russian military industry who spoke with Al-Monitor conceded that since Russian specialists had started helping Damascus build up the efficiency of its air defense and are preparing to transfer the management of S-300 systems to Syrians, further Syrian or Russian reactions to Israeli activities could become a serious issue. For Moscow, this problem may become highly complex, if not intractable, even considering Russia's obvious interest in constraining Iran's ambitions through Israel's actions.

Officially, Russia emphasizes that it distances itself from the regional conflict and exclusively protects its own facilities. Furthermore, it views its support of Syrian air defense forces as a measure to re-establish the country's sovereignty. In this regard, setting up the S-300 and integrating Syrian air defense into a semblance of a unified structure will allow it to keep its distance. At the same time, Moscow bears responsibility for the actions of its "client."

Posted by at January 31, 2019 12:41 PM

  

« THE HIGH COST OF RACISM: | Main | #LOSER: »