World View: Russian Warships Enter Mediterranean for First Time in Decades

This morning's key headlines from GenerationalDynamics.com

  • Russia says, 'Of course we supply weapons to Syria!'
  • Russian warships enter Mediterranean for first time in decades
  • Idaho man charged with links to Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan (IMU)

Russia says, 'Of course we supply weapons to Syria!'

Russia's Admiral Panteleyev destroyer enters the Mediterranean (Ria Novosti
Russia's Admiral Panteleyev destroyer enters the Mediterranean (Ria Novosti

Russia's Foreign Minister, Sergei Lavrov, complained about the Western press sensationalizing the shipment of heavy weapons by Russia to Syria's president Bashar al-Assad, who has been slaughtering tens of thousands of innocent civilians, including women and children.

I don't understand why mass media are trying to make a sensation out of the fact. We do not conceal it that we supply weapons to Syria according to signed contracts, violating neither any international agreements, nor our own weapon export control legislation, one of the strictest in the world.

Lavrov said that all weapons being delivered to Syria were purely defensive, but in fact they include S-300 long-range surface to air missiles capable of shooting down incoming missiles or warplanes. 

Russia is becoming increasingly contemptuous of the West's weakness in its policy toward Syria. The West issues one "red line" after another but then backs down when the red line is crossed. Meanwhile, the Russians are becoming increasingly powerful in the Mideast, with alliances with Syria, Hezbollah in Lebanon, and Iran. Russia Today

Russian warships enter Mediterranean for first time in decades

Lavrov's admission comes on the same day that a task force of Russian warships entered the Mediterranean for the first time in decades. The Mediterranean task force should be comprised of 10 warships and support vessels as part of several tactical groups tasked with attack, antisubmarine warfare, and minesweeping. The Soviet Union maintained its 5th Mediterranean Squadron from 1967 until 1992. It was formed to counter the US Navy's 6th Fleet during the Cold War and consisted of 30-50 warships and auxiliary vessels. Ria Novosti

Idaho man charged with links to Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan (IMU)

In the past ten years, I've referenced the Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan (IMU) a number of times as a terrorist group centered in the restive Fergana Valley region of central Asia with dreams of becoming a world-famous jihadi group like al-Qaeda, but never quite getting there. So now it turns out that federal authorities in Idaho have arrested Fazliddin Kurbanov, a 30-year old Uzbek man, and charged him with "conspiracy to provide material support to a foreign terrorist organization [the IMU]," "conspiracy to provide material support to terrorists," and "possession of an unregistered explosive device." Authorities did not specify whether Kurbanov allegedly conspired to carry out attacks on US soil, nor did they name his co-conspirators. Eurasia Net

KEYS: Generational Dynamics, Russia, Admiral Panteleyev, Sergei Lavrov, Syria, Bashar al-Assad, Hezbollah, Iran, Fazliddin Kurbanov, Uzbekistan, Fergana Valley, Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan, IMU 

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