Tuesday, May 21, 2013

The ultimate weapons of Russia for Syria

The following developments are likely to stop the Syrian crisis. Or it makes the crisis even bigger.

It is almost certain that Russia has sent one of the most sophisticated air defense weapons in the world, the S-300, to Syria. Russia has also strengthened the Mediterranean (Mediterranean) fleet with warships sent from the Pacific, with assignments, especially if not keeping Syria from falling into American hands.

The news about the delivery of the "ultimate weapon" first appeared in Arabic-language media based in the UK, Al-Quds Al-Arabi some time ago which stated that Russia had sent 200 S-300 missile launchers to Syria and Syrian military personnel had the ability to operate it themselves. The news was considered very accurate because it was allegedly leaked by Russia as a form of "psychological warfare" against America and western countries who were planning to increase the intensity of fighting on the Syrian battlefield with additional weapons assistance to rebels, or even direct intervention.

So the world witnessed US foreign ministers, Britain and finally Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu hurrying to meet Russian President Vladimir Putin to persuade him to cancel the shipment. But instead Putin warned them all not to disturb Syria.

"In this situation it is crucial to avoid actions that can shake the situation," Putin said after meeting Netanyahu at Putin's residence in Sochi, Black Sea, May 14.

Netanyahu took up to 3 hours to persuade Putin to cancel S-300 shipments as a last resort after the United States and Britain failed to do so. But Putin actually blamed Israel for its military actions against Syria on May 3 and 5. And Putin's warning not to disturb Syria suggests clearly that Israel does not deserve to persuade Putin after his military actions.

According to reliable sources, at the meeting there had been mutual intimidation between Putin and Netanyahu. Netanyahu reportedly reminded Putin that Israel would not hesitate to destroy S-300 missiles from its supporting military facilities, many of which were operated by Russian military personnel in Syria. Instead Putin warned that the S-300 missiles would not hesitate to shoot down Israeli warplanes.

The S-300 was designed to shoot down several air targets at once such as planes and missiles up to a distance of 200 km. This weapon is considered to be one of the most sophisticated air defense systems in the world.


Meanwhile a group of Russian warships from the Pacific Fleet unit was reported to have entered the Mediterranean Sea where Russia had an AL base in Tarsus, Syria. Thus the broadcast issued by the Russian government news agency "RRIA Novosti" quoted a Russian military official on Thursday (16/5).

The sea unit is reportedly now anchored at Ciprus. Among the warships participating in the mission were destroyers "Admiral Panteleyev", the combat amphibious ship "Peresvet" and "Admiral Nevelskoi", the tanker "Pechenga" and rescue tug "Fotiy Krylov". The ships departed from the previous base in Vladivostok, Siberia, on March 19. The mission is to strengthen the Russian Mediterranean Sea fleet (although officially Russia does not have an Armada-level sea unit). Previously the Russian Mediterranean Sea Fleet was reinforced by the anti-submarine "Severomorsk", "Yaroslav Mudry" frigates, "Altai" and "SB-921" rescue vessels, "Lena" tankers (sent from the Baltic Sea Fleet) and landing craft troops "Azov" (sent from the Black Sea Fleet). This Central Sea Fleet is likely to be further strengthened by nuclear-powered submarines.

In April, Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu announced that Russia had begun forming a sea task force in the Mediterranean Sea by sending several warships from the Pacific and other regions. The statement follows Shoigu's previous statement stating that Russia needs the presence of its navy in the Mediterranean Sea to protect Russian interests in the region.

A Russian military official said that the Central Sea fleet headquarters was likely to be in Novorossiysk, Russia, or in Sevastopol, Ukraine.

Admiral Vladimir Komoyedov, head of the Russian parliament's defense commission some time ago said that the fleet or the Mediterranean Sea task force to be formed Russia would be strengthened by 10 warships and supporting ships.
During the Cold War, precisely between 1967 and 1992 Russia (then called the Soviet Union) formed a fleet in the Mediterranean Sea named "Squadron V" as opposed to the American Fleet VI stationed in the same region. The fleet consists of 30 to 50 warships.

"Putin again warns Netanyahu hands off Syria"; DEBKAfile; May 14, 2013
"Russian Pacific Fleet Warships Enter Mediterranean"; almanar.com.lb; May 16, 2013

CahyonoAdi / TheTruthSeekerMedia

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