~MAJOR POWER BATTLE
BETWEEN KREMLIN AND US UNDERWAY,
AND THE STAKES ARE HIGH
I have said for awhile now that the "cold war" never ended, it was just sort of in a hibernation process. However, things between the US, Israel and Russia are beginning to stir. The international chess game has begun to heat up, with Syria, the latest nugget they battle over at the moment.
“While leaving aside the unsettled issue of a possible European missile shield architecture, Russia would like to know, in compliance with the Russia-NATO [North Atlantic Treaty Organization] Lisbon summit decisions, what ‘aggravation’ the US command meant by moving the basic strike unit of the regional missile defense grouping being formed by NATO in the region, from the Mediterranean to the East?”
“We have to state that our concerns continue to be ignored and under the guise of talks on European missile shield cooperation, efforts are under way to build the missile shield configuration whose consequences are dangerous and about which we have numerously informed our US and NATO partners,” the Russian statement added.
“If this is an ordinary visit, then it is unclear why a warship with this type of armament was chosen to move to this quite sensitive region.”
The US’s provocation is taking place against the backdrop of the turmoil in Syria. Russia is stubbornly blocking US attempts to drum up a case for Libya-style intervention in Syria.
Moscow understands that a major reason for the US to push for regime change in Syria is to get the Russian naval base in that country wound up.
But the Western reports are completely silent as to the assistance that the Syrian opposition is getting from outside. No one is interested in probing or questioning, for instance, the circumstances in which 120 Syrian security personnel could have been shot and killed in one “incident”.
Put simply, the US wants Russia to leave Syria alone for the West to tackle. But Russia knows what follows will be that the Russian naval base there would get shut down by a pro-Western successor regime in Damascus that succeeds Assad.
The US-Israeli hope is that the back of the Hezbollah can be broken only if the regime of Assad is overthrown in Damascus and the Syrian-Iranian alliance is ended.
Again, a regime change in Syria will force the Hamas leadership to vacate Damascus.
Hamas chief Khalid Meshaal has been living in Damascus under Assad’s protection for several years.
The warship that sailed into the Black Sea carries a blunt message to Russia to accept that it is a mere pale shadow of the former Soviet Union.