Sunday, September 6, 2015

Russian president Vladamir Putin drawing his own red line in the sand.

Moves by Russia to send a military advance team to Syria along with other steps are raising concerns for President Obama that Russian president Vladamir Putin is planning to greatly expand his military support for President Bashar al-Assad in Syria John Kerry's state department  said Friday.

 The recently transporting temporary housing units capable of housing hundreds Russian troops to an airfield in Syria as well as the delivery of a portable air traffic control station to the airfield to help land Russian planes. The airfield serves Syria main port city of Latakia and is close to the Assad family's ancestral home.

Moscow maintains a small naval facility at the Syrian port of Tartus on the Mediterranean Sea. The port of Tartus hosts the only remaining international military base outside of the former Soviet Union.

 Russia’s economic interests in Syria totalled approximately $20 billion, about $5 billion of which are weapons sales. RIA Novosti state news agency quoted Putin as saying. "We are already giving Syria quite serious help with equipment and training soldiers, with our weapons,"

No mention of US concerns about a possible Russian military buildup, but said the two discussed "different aspects of the situation in Syria and its environs, as well as the objectives of the fight against ISIL and other terrorist groups".

For moderate Syrian rebels Putin has referred to them as "terrorists" because of their opposition to Assad forces.

Looks like Vladamir Putin has drawn his own red line in the sand. It's just on America's shore.

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