The Russian Military base in Tartus will never be sacrificed for a regime change in Syria. Assad is a puppet for Putin and Tartus is Russia’s most strategic military base outside their borders. As Russia is now showing the United States with a display of military drills, any support for the Muslim Brotherhood by Valerie Jarrett’s “right to protect policy” in a Syrian civil war will not be tolerated. But let us hope that Obama will be able to straighten everything out with Vladimir after his last election. Based on current events, his last election may have already taken place in 2008: who needs elections when you have usurped power and the Muslim Brotherhood is establishing a new caliphate?
Not 24 hours after Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov warned that a pre-emptive strike (by the US and/or Israel) would violate international law, Moscow put muscle into his warning: Tuesday, April 3, the Russian guided missile destroyer Smetliviy arrived in the Syrian port of Tartus from its Black Sea base for a naval exercise. The warship’s support group is on the way.
DEBKAfile’s military sources report that the Russian flotilla carried a threefold message for Washington:
- The Russian-Iranian strategy of propping up the Assad regime which has brought the Syrian ruler close to victory over his foes, will continue: Diplomacy will be propelled by military impetus.
- Russia is providing the Assad regime with defense systems capable of repelling foreign military intervention.
- Consigning the Smetliviy warship to Syria illustrates Moscow’s new rapid response policy: Russia is launching a naval exercise in the eastern Mediterranean to match the “Noble Dina”air and naval maneuver the US, Israel and Greece are conducting across a broad expanse of sea between Crete and the Israeli bases at Haifa and Ashdod.
Israeli warships and air force jets may therefore find themselves not just operating alongside US naval and aircraft but confronted suddenly by one of the largest destroyers in the Russian fleet (NATO-coded ASW-submarine warfare), whose decks are the launching base for anti-air, anti-ship and anti-submarine missiles. The Smetliviy’s support group, believed to be a supply vessel and a submarine, passed through the Bosporus Saturday, March 31 on their way to Tartus.