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

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 Westernpress 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 womenand children.

I don’t understand why mass media are trying to makea sensation out of the fact. We do not conceal it that we supplyweapons to Syria according to signed contracts, violating neitherany international agreements, nor our own weapon export controllegislation, one of the strictest in the world.

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

Russia is becoming increasingly contemptuous of the West’s weakness inits policy toward Syria. The West issues one “red line” after another but then backs down when the red line is crossed. Meanwhile, theRussians are becoming increasingly powerful in the Mideast, withalliances 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 Russianwarships entered the Mediterranean for the first time in decades. TheMediterranean task force should be comprised of 10 warships andsupport vessels as part of several tactical groups tasked with attack,antisubmarine warfare, and minesweeping. The Soviet Union maintainedits 5th Mediterranean Squadron from 1967 until 1992. It was formed tocounter the US Navy’s 6th Fleet during the Cold War and consisted of30-50 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 ofUzbekistan (IMU) a number of times as a terrorist group centered inthe restive Fergana Valley region of central Asia with dreams ofbecoming a world-famous jihadi group like al-Qaeda, but never quitegetting there. So now it turns out that federal authorities in Idahohave arrested Fazliddin Kurbanov, a 30-year old Uzbek man, and chargedhim with “conspiracy to provide material support to a foreignterrorist organization [the IMU],” “conspiracy to provide materialsupport to terrorists,” and “possession of an unregistered explosivedevice.” Authorities did not specify whether Kurbanov allegedlyconspired to carry out attacks on US soil, nor did they name hisco-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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