Russia announced on Thursday that it will keep a fleet of about dozen navy ships in the Mediterranean Sea, a move President Vladimir Putin said is needed to protect his country’s national security.
Putin said the plan should not be seen as saber rattling, but it comes as Moscow is serving as a key ally and arms supplier to Syrian President Bashar Assad during that nation’s civil war. The only naval base that Russia has in the Mediterranean and anywhere outside the former Soviet Union is located in Syria.
Back in 2009 Russia explained that it reserves the right of nuclear pre-emptive strike in the case of the country’s national security being threatened. And now we are finding out that the conflict in Syria affect’s Russia’s national security. That’s what Putin is telling us, anyway.
So the conflict in Syria has the potential to set off a great-power conflict. It just depends on how it plays out. Unfortunately, things might be going from bad to worse. Syria’s help from its allies is making a big difference. It is defeating the rebels, and it is threatening Israel. This war is threatening to suck in Israel. If Israel does get sucked into the war, then start worrying about a great-power conflict.
Russia reserves pre-emptive nuclear strike right
Russia in a new review of its policy on use of nuclear weapons will reserve the right to undertake a pre-emptive strike if it feels its security is endangered, a senior Kremlin official told a Russian newspaper.
[Published on Oct. 13, 2009.]
Russian Defence Chief flags pre-emptive strike