World View: American-Russian Relations Upset by CIA Spy Scandal

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  • American-Russian relations upset by CIA spy scandal
  • CIA spy scandal may be Russia's revenge
  • Russia rebuffs West on S-300 missile shipments to Syria

American-Russian relations upset by CIA spy scandal

Ryan Fogle, alleged CIA spy in Russia, wearing a blonde wig (AP)
Ryan Fogle, alleged CIA spy in Russia, wearing a blonde wig (AP)

Russia has declared US diplomat Ryan Fogle "persona non grata" and ordered to be deported, after he was arrested for allegedly spying for the U.S. This could be a movie. He was arrested wearing a blue checked shirt, a baseball cap, and an ill-fitting blonde wig, and carried a letter offering $1 million for unidentified secret information to a Russian recruit, a counter-terrorism officer who specializes in the Caucasus. Usually, spy scandals are kept relatively quiet by all the nations involved, but in this case the Russians are making a very big deal of it, releasing photos and interviews to the Russian press. BBC

CIA spy scandal may be Russia's revenge

The fact that the Russians made the CIA spy scandal such a high profile event is probably a way for Russia's president Vladimir Putin to send a message.

It's well-known that Putin is still furious over what happened in Libya. Putin went along with a United Nations Security Council resolution for a no-fly zone over Libya, and then it turned into a major military operation to bring down Russia's ally, Muammar Gaddafi. Putin has vowed never to let anything like that happen again, particularly not in Syria.

Putin is also said to be angry that Russia is being blamed for the Boston Marathon terrorist attacks, since the perpetrators were from the Caucasus. In Syria, Putin has expressed opposition to any Western moves to send weapons or even humanitarian aid to Syrian forces opposing president Bashar al-Assad.

In the meantime, we've been having these silly dog and pony shows put on by U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry running around saying that we're going to reach agreement with the Russians, to bring a political solution to the Syria crisis. So, one possibility is that Putin made this CIA spy scandal such a high profile event in order to get some revenge against the Americans, and also to illuminate the weakness of the West in Syria negotiations.

For Russia, the bottom line regarding the Syria crisis is that a ruler has the right to use military force to secure stability in his domain and the responsibility to crush a revolution of any color at whatever cost -- the same policy that's followed in both Russia and China. Jamestown

Russia rebuffs West on S-300 missile shipments to Syria

Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu went to Sochi, Russia, on Tuesday to meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin to warn him against sending arms to Syria, especially S-300 surface-to-air missiles that are capable of shooting down Israeli planes. Instead, in a statement regarded as a warning to the West to stay out of Syria, Putin said, "In this crucial period, it is especially important to avoid any moves that can shake the situation." It's thought that he was specifically warning against a repeat of last week's Israeli warplane bombing of weapons sites in Damascus, the capital of Syria. However, according to one analyst, that message was rejected by Netanyahu, who let Putin know that Israel would destroy the S-300s when they arrived. AFP and Debka


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