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Wed May 30, 2012, 10:07 AM

Russia 'categorically against' Syria intervention

Source: BBC

Russia is "categorically against" foreign intervention in Syria and believes any new steps by the UN Security Council would be "premature", its deputy foreign minister has said.

Russia wields a veto at the UN Security Council and the remarks are a blow to hopes of a fresh initiative there.

International outrage has been expressed at the massacre of 108 people - mostly women and children - in Houla.

Neighbouring Turkey is expelling all Syrian diplomatic staff in Ankara.

The move goes further than the co-ordinated action by a number of other countries, which restricted their expulsions to the most senior staff, although Syrian consular staff in Istanbul will remain.

Turkey's foreign ministry said it was "out of the question to remain silent"

Read more: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-18260992

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RitchieRich May 2012 OP
RitchieRich May 2012 #1
harun May 2012 #2
RitchieRich May 2012 #3
LiberalLovinLug May 2012 #5
Arctic Dave May 2012 #4
Baclava May 2012 #6
RitchieRich May 2012 #8
David__77 May 2012 #7

Response to RitchieRich (Original post)

Wed May 30, 2012, 10:15 AM

1. "terrorists"

I remember the first time I heard that Syria was referring to its citizens as terrorist, not really new information, but it brought the "War on Terror" a little closer to home.

Does anyone know what sort of minerals etc. Syria has, or how Russia / China stand to gain?

I can see Syria (personified) proclaiming defiantly:
"I learned it by watching YOU!"

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Response to RitchieRich (Reply #1)

Wed May 30, 2012, 10:23 AM

2. It is more about backing each other politically. China wants Syria for backing their Taiwan/Tibet

stance. Russia wants Syria's backing for their central Asia stance (caucus's, Georgia, etc.). So they back the Syria regime to keep around one of the few supporters they have on these issues.

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Response to harun (Reply #2)

Wed May 30, 2012, 10:46 AM

3. thanks

thanks for the feedback. I suppose alliances are a commodity. My thinking was that they would have some sort of capital at stake.

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Response to RitchieRich (Reply #3)

Wed May 30, 2012, 12:01 PM

5. I'm sure there is capital involved

Trade agreements and such. When is money NOT a part of the equation in something like this. There is a lot of money to be made by rich Russian businessmen in dealing with a country that a lot of other countries restrict their own businessmen from engaging with. They don't want to lose that cozy relationship. What happens to all that trade if a pro-Westerner gets elected after all of this?

For similar reasons they are against any action against Iran.

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Response to harun (Reply #2)

Wed May 30, 2012, 11:07 AM

4. LOL!

 

Is that what it is?

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Response to RitchieRich (Original post)

Wed May 30, 2012, 12:08 PM

6. Russia does have strategic interests in Syria.

Syria hosts the sole remaining Russian naval base on the Mediterranean.



RIA-Novosti reported of the Syrian port of Tartus last year:

The city hosts a Soviet-era naval supply and maintenance base, under a 1971 agreement with Syria, still staffed by Russian naval personnel. In particular, the Russian Navy's 5th Mediterranean Squadron has been using the base. It has been reported that Russia and Syria are conducting talks about permitting Russia to develop and enlarge the base in order to establish a stronger naval presence in the Mediterranean, it has been asserted that President Assad has agreed to Tartus portís conversion into a permanent Middle East base for Russiaís nuclear-armed warships

"The base in Tartus will provide all necessary support for the Russian warships which will be engaged in protecting commercial shipping around the Horn of Africa," an official said.




Russia sending warships to its base in Syria

(Reuters) Nov 2011 - Russia is sending a flotilla of warships to its naval base in Syria in a show of force which suggests Moscow is willing to defend its interests in the strife-torn country...

http://www.reuters.com/article/2011/11/28/us-russia-syria-warships-idUSTRE7AR0S820111128

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Response to Baclava (Reply #6)

Wed May 30, 2012, 03:05 PM

8. sister ship

I think that carrier with the funny ramp on the nose is a sister ship to the non-completed old hull that was sold to China and recently launched.

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Response to RitchieRich (Original post)

Wed May 30, 2012, 12:17 PM

7. Russia has maintained a consistent stand throughout.

It's a relatively good stand, but for the wrong reasons.

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