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PostSubject: Kerry calls Russia about possible military buildup in Syria   Mon Sep 07, 2015 2:54 am

Re: CNN 5/5/15 (video)
Kerry calls Russia about possible military buildup in Syria
http://edition.cnn.com/2015/09/05/middleeast/syria-kerry-calls-russia/

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry called Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov on Saturday to discuss reports of an imminent Russian military buildup in Syria, according to the State Department.

If such a buildup occurred, it "could further escalate the conflict, lead to greater loss of innocent life, increase refugee flows and risk confrontation with the anti-ISIS Coalition operating in Syria," the State Department said in a written statement.

Kerry and Lavrov agreed to continue their discussion of Syria in New York later this month, the statement said.

The Los Angeles Times, citing unnamed United States officials, reported that U.S. intelligence has captured evidence Russia is increasing its military presence in Syria's civil war.

Elise Labott, CNN's global affairs correspondent, said Russia and the United States had been talking about finding a political solution in Syria, which is gripped by a deadly civil war and threatened by ISIS.

"If the Russians are indeed increasing their military presence in Syria, that would certainly complicate that," Labott said.

She said Russia might be escalating air strikes against ISIS but that the real concern is that the Russians are increasing their activity on behalf of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad against the opposition. Or, said Labott, the Russians "could be taking steps to secure their own position if the Assad government falls."
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This sudden spike in accusations against Russia doesn't involve feedback from the Russian side.  They're just being adopted as complete enemy.  It's all a huge distraction from other domestic problems, the refugee influx in Europe, in denial of homegrown root causes and from the standard voodoo economics deficit spending.

If Russia were actually planning operations in Syria, it wouldn't be under the table for long.  They're being set-up for a bigger fight no matter what stability they intend to offer.  

The shunting of blame and saber rattling has taken over all fed institutions in creating a new focus bound to infuse the media watching public before the accused even have a voice in the blitz.  

Looking for an end to direct contacts, expulsion of diplomats based on hearsay and UK telling RT they have to leave London.
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PostSubject: Re: Kerry calls Russia about possible military buildup in Syria   Mon Sep 07, 2015 11:06 am

The Zionists are a bit caught by this.  Russia has moral justification for a presence in light of the refugee situation, and absence of an armed UN humanitarian operation in Syria.

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PostSubject: Re: Kerry calls Russia about possible military buildup in Syria   Wed Sep 09, 2015 2:59 am

Re: Yahoo! News (AFP) 9/9/15
Russia demands answers from Sofia, Athens as Syria flights blocked
http://news.yahoo.com/bulgaria-blocked-passage-russian-planes-syria-133129610.html

Moscow - Moscow on Tuesday demanded answers from Greece and Bulgaria after Sofia banned Russian supply flights to Syria from its airspace and Athens said it had been asked by Washington to do the same.

"If anyone -- in this case our Greek and Bulgarian partners -- has any doubts, then they, of course, should explain what the problem is," deputy foreign minister Mikhail Bogdanov told the Interfax news agency.

"If we are talking about them taking some sort of restrictive or prohibitive measures on the Americans' request, then this raises questions about their sovereign right to take decisions about planes from other countries -- Russia in particular -- crossing their air space," he said.

"We explain where our planes are flying to, and what their purpose and their cargo is," he added.

He said that ferrying cargo, which included humanitarian and military aid, through the airspace of a third party -- as well as obtaining permission to do so -- should be a routine procedure.

"We've never had any problems before," he said.

Washington has expressed concern following reports suggesting Moscow may be boosting military support to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and had sent a military advance team to the war-torn country.

Earlier on Tuesday, NATO member Bulgaria confirmed it had refused permission late last night for an unspecified number of Russian aircraft to cross its airspace.

Greece said on Monday that Washington had asked it to ban Russian supply flights to Syria from its airspace.

It said it was examining the US request but gave no further details.
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Time to give Croatia a call.
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PostSubject: Re: Kerry calls Russia about possible military buildup in Syria   Fri Sep 11, 2015 3:27 am

Re: SANA News (Syria) 9/10/15
Rumors on Russian military presence on ground aim at prolonging terrorism, Deputy FM affirms
http://www.sana.sy/en/?p=54287



Damascus – Deputy Foreign and Expatriates Minister Fayssal Mikdad said that Russia’s firm stance in supporting the Syrian state aims at achieving a power balance that allows it to tackle the counterterrorism file and to produce real data towards a political solution for the crisis in Syria, refuting talks about a military Russian presence on ground.

In a statement to Russia Today TV on Thursday, Mikdad said that the main goal of such rumors is to prolong the presence of terrorism to serve the US and Israel in the region and outside it as well as to make a cover-up over the failing alliance established by the USA.

Deputy Foreign and Expatriates Minister clarified that the Russian presence is limited to advisers in the framework of the Syrian-Russian military agreements.

He continued to say that the Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said Wednesday Moscow supported Syria in the past and it will support it in the future. “This strategic approach is governing the Syrian-Russian relations,” Mikdad added.

Yesterday, Zakharova said that Russia has never hidden the fact of military-technical cooperation with Syria, adding “we never made a secret out of our military-technical cooperation with Syria. We have long supplied arms and military equipment to Syria. We are doing it in compliance with existing contracts and in full compliance with international law.

R. Milhem / Barry
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This is about as close to the truth as it gets.  See also: Russians in Ukraine

Re RT.com 9/10/15
US backs those who want to use terrorists against Assad – Lavrov
http://www.rt.com/news/314945-syria-help-isis-lavrov/
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