Tuesday, May 21, 2013

“These are thousands of potential Tsarnaevs, & France and Britain want to arm them!”

"... What’s Russia’s endgame? That hasn’t changed much either: stall, maintain the status quo as long as possible. It is for this reason that Russian ships continue to cruise around in Tartus and that Moscow keeps sending arms to Damascus. The Russian ships and the anti-aircraft missiles won’t be used against the rebels—who have no planes or ships—but, rather, are Russia’s way of maintaining equilibrium. If the Saudis and Qataris arm the rebels, Russia will arm Assad. If the West makes moves to intervene, Russia ships and anti-aircraft supplies will have made the moves exponentially more risky. But the reality, as familiar as it is, is evolving, and it's making it increasingly difficult for Russia to tread water. “Russia would prefer a status quo, yes, but everyone here understands that a status quo no longer exists,” says Fyodr Lukyanov, the editor of Russia in Global Affairs. “It’s a slowly disintegrating situation. The erosion of the regime is acknowledged by all, but what is the time horizon? How long will it take till it finally crumbles? Russia can wait, but the U.S. can’t.”Russia is willing to wait in part because it has, and has always had, a fundamentally different conception of the conflict. “For Americans to understand the Russian position, you have to understand that the American, Western position is not totally right,” says Maxim Yusin, the deputy foreign affairs editor of the main Russian daily,Kommersant. “The Russian position is less emotional and more pragmatic..."

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Simple truth is: Russia knows that the ZATO merc´swill be directed towards Russia (and China) should they succeed in Syria. The destabilization attempts on southern Russia has been going on since the 80´s and that is what the latest spy scandal was about. Hence "a western attack on Syria is an attack on Russia".

Make no mistake, US/NATO did it in Georgia and got a very bloody nose for killing ethnic Russians, The Russian response this time will be more devastating for Zionist/US than they possible can imagine.