Russian ships gathering off Syrian coast to prevent ground op, Assad to speak
According to a report in the Times of London, Russia has deployed five loaded warships off the coast of Syria in order to discourage the West from taking action to depose Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad
According to the report, the ships are carrying military vehicles and
hundreds of Russian marines, and are being accompanied by combat
While officially Russia has claimed the ships have been deployed to
partake in an exercise to "improve the management, maintenance and
testing of the interaction of naval forces,” the Times
quoted the diplomat as saying the marines were meant to deter the West
from deploying ground forces in the uprising against Syrian President
“Russia should be prepared for any developments, as it believes the situation in Syria might reach its peak before Easter,” the Times quoted the diplomatic source as saying.
The report came as Assad was set to make his first public speech on the uprising against his rule in months.
The Russians aren't the only ones preparing for the possibility of Western intervention.
The United States military said US troops and equipment had begun
arriving in Turkey on Friday to oversee the deployment of US and
European Patriot surface-to-air missile batteries to the Turkish-Syrian
Turkey and NATO say the missiles are a safeguard to
protect southern Turkey from possible Syrian missile strikes. Syria and
allies Russia and Iran say the deployments could spark an eventual
military action by the Western alliance.
I guess the Russian don't under 'reset' in quite the same way that the Obama administration understands it. What a shock....
Labels: Bashar al-Assad, Russia, Russian re-set, Syrian uprising