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Wednesday, July 11, 2012
Reporting for duty
The Tsezar Kunikov pictured above is one of 11 Russian naval vessels that will partake in exercises off the cost of Syria. The Tsezar Kunikov and Nikolai Filchenkov are fleet landing craft that carry Marines. President Putin seems to have sent this flotilla as a counter to the increasing likelihood of military action by the West. The fleet will keep the Obama Administration on its toes since they will to look at Bear bombers encroaching on the West and the Russian Navy in the Middle East.
A smaller contingent of Russian ships had successfully kept the West from launching airstrikes into Syria. The larger flotilla seems to also be in a position to deploy troops rapidly if that option becomes necessary. President Obama and Secretary Clinton may have to wait a bit longer before they can pick a fight with Mr. Assad or Mr. Ahmadinejad. On the other hand, Mr. Putin seems ready to pick one with them.
Russia Sending Warships on Maneuvers Near Syria