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#1 This analysis only touches on the problem for the Russians. Tartus is their base on the other side of the Dardanelles. It is strategically essential for them to be able to control (or at least affect) the Dardanelles. They will never give it up. This is an issue that goes back to pre-world war one. The Russians *will* *not* give up on this base.
People opposed to the current regime in Syria need to accept that the Russians will not give up their access to their base at Tartus. Someone in the Free Syrian Army should write up a draft "Guantanamo" lease for Tartus and float it to the Russians.
I predict that having done so, Russian resistance to changes in domestic affairs in Syria would quickly end.
Posted by rammer 2012-07-20 19:53||
#2 Its gonna happen , the pot is well and truely boiling , Rammer . I hate using similes but the shoe fits ;)
Posted by Chuter Uluse1520 2012-07-20 20:01||
#3 Russia's bases in the CAR are oriented toward SSSSSSSSHHHHHHHHH SCO-CSTO BFF + strategic partner Rising China.
As for the Med, Russia is repor negotiating to for Air, Naval rights on Cyprus + mainland Greece. MAMA RUSSIA JUST LOVES TO SPEND THE $$$ IT DOESN'T HAVE.
Posted by JosephMendiola 2012-07-20 21:29||
#4 * ION CHINESE MILITARY FORUM > [China Daily] CHINA REPRIMANDS RUSSIA OVER [fishing] VESSEL ATTACK.
Beijing expresses its strong dissatisfaction of incident to Russia - demands release of Boat(s) + Crews.
Posted by JosephMendiola 2012-07-20 21:38||