JUST A FEW DAYS AGO, AT THE VERY BEGINNING OF THE LARGEST WAR GAMES IN THE HISTORY OF THE MIDDLE EAST IN COOPERATION WITH IRAN, CHINA, AND SYRIA . . .
RUSSIA PULLED OUT ALL OF ITS BATTLE SHIPS FROM TARTUS, SYRIA AND RETREATED TO THE BLACK SEA.
WHY DID THIS HAPPEN?
RUSSIA HAS ALWAYS WANTED A WARM WATER PORT. A FEW YEARS AGO IT MADE A DEAL WITH SYRIA FOR THE PORT AT TARTUS, ON THE MEDITERREAN SEA.
HOW CAN IT BE POSSIBLE THAT RUSSIA HAS NOW VACATED THIS VALUABLE SEA PORT?
CHINA WAS THERE. IRAN WAS THERE.
EGYPT HAD ALLOWED BOTH COUNTRIES TO BRING THEIR BATTLE SHIPS THROUGH THE SUEZ CANAL.
AND NOW RUSSIA IS GONE?
WHAT TOOK PLACE BEHIND THE SCENES?
WHAT DOES RUSSIA KNOW THAT THE REST OF US DO NOT KNOW?
1. They cancelled a large-scale naval exercise dubbed “Caucasus 2012”
scheduled to start mid-August in the eastern Mediterranean opposite the Syrian
2. Warships from three fleets - the Northern, Baltic and Black Sea –
concentrated opposite Syria have dispersed and returned to their bases;
3. Syrian President Bashar Assad was notified that Moscow was halting
military aid to his army - except for intelligence updates and advice on
logistics from Russian military advisers;
4. Moscow has not clearly announced a freeze on arms shipments, including
replacement parts for Russian weapons, which make up the bulk of the Syrian
army's weaponry. Officials have only said, “There are no large Russian weapons
shipments planned in the near future to Syria."
5. The only Russian naval ship left in Tartus - a floating Russian Navy
PM-138 shipyard – is also under orders to depart Tartus and return to the Black
Sea in September.
A Russian source disclosed that all the remaining Russian
personnel in Tartus have gathered on the floating shipyard, except for two
officers on shore. This vessel and the remaining personnel are evidently packed
up and ready to sail at any moment out of the Syrian port.