New Russian bases in Syria will create big problems for Americans


President Putin signed an order to expand Russian military bases in Syria. Recall that the officially declared goal of sending the Russian Aerospace Forces to the SAR was to help combat the ISIS prohibited in our country. However, the terrorist group has been repeatedly declared defeated by both the Kremlin and Washington.


So against whom, then, is the strengthening of Russia's military presence in the Middle East directed?

Damascus transfers to our military additional real estate and water areas. Full information on this subject is not yet available, but it can be assumed that we are talking about expanding the Khmeimim air base and the naval base in Tartus. But not only.

Despite the fact that the ISIS group is scattered, peace in Syria has not come. The presence of interventionists hinders its offensive: Turks in the north of the country and Americans in the east. So, the US military is not going to leave the oil province of Deir ez-Zor, taking control of its best deposits and smuggling raw materials into neighboring Iraq. The Pentagon defiantly sent its fifth-generation F-35A Lightning II fighters to Syria. At the same time, airplanes flew near the air base in El-Kamyshly, where the Russian military is now also deployed. US Special Representative for Syria James Jeffrey is not at all shy in expressions:

My task is to make it a swamp for the Russians.

It is possible that the Russian Defense Ministry is ready to turn the airfield abandoned by the Americans into the “second Khmeimim”, where on a permanent basis not a pair of Mi-8 transport helicopters will be based, but a full-fledged air group, including fighter aircraft.


Indeed, from Latakia to El-Kamyshly more than 500 km in a straight line, and to control the actions of Americans from such a distance is very difficult. By deploying radar monitoring systems there, and look and S-400 anti-aircraft systems, Russia will not only ensure the safety of its aircraft, but will also endanger American planes that regularly fly from the airspace of neighboring Iraq.


I would like to recall that the Americans are on Syrian soil in a criminal manner, without the consent of Damascus or the permission of the UN Security Council. At the same time, the US military is provocative, regularly blocking the path of movement for the Russians.

Also a big problem is the Turkish military presence in northern Syria. The last offensive of the government army of the SAR was relatively successful: Damascus, with the support of the Russian Aerospace Forces, was able to regain control of the southern half of Idlib, but then everything rested on the position of Ankara, which transferred a serious military group, not wanting to give up the north of the province. After this redistribution, a ceasefire and a temporary lull occurred, but it can be violated at any time: too many external players are not averse to using the “Idlib card” to distract Turkey from distant Libya, which we will discuss in detail told earlier.

As for the Libyan war, there Ankara was able to achieve certain successes, having sided with Tripoli. The great victory of President Erdogan was the signing of the Memorandum on the division of sea shelves in the Eastern Mediterranean in favor of Turkey, so he put a “shield” on the path of energy projects of a number of neighboring states.

It is quite obvious that Ankara turned many people against herself in such a “horse move”, laying the foundation for the creation of a real anti-Turkish coalition. Another “Middle East knot” is tied, which can only be cut by force. It so happened that the Kremlin is on the other side of Ankara in this conflict. The appearance in Libya of “unknown aircraft” of Russian production speaks volumes. By some data, MiG-29 fighters without identification marks could fly with outboard fuel tanks from Syria.

The expansion of the naval base in Tartus in the context of the Libyan conflict, as well as the strengthening of its influence in the Mediterranean Sea as a whole, is the most important task for Russia. Yes, the times when this base was only a logistics point were a thing of the past. In recent years, the Ministry of Defense has substantially updated both the quay and adjacent infrastructure of its part of the port of Tartus. However, for permanent basing there are few significant forces of the Navy.


Near Turkey, which has several dozen frigates and corvettes, as well as solid submarine forces. The Sixth Fleet of the United States is deployed in the waters, the ships of which continually visit the Black Sea. The expansion of Tartus will give Russia the opportunity to more flexibly and quickly respond to changes in the situation throughout the Mediterranean - from its eastern and western borders.
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  1. gorenina91 Offline
    gorenina91 (Irina) 30 May 2020 17: 10
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    New Russian bases in Syria will create big problems for Americans

    - Well then ...- everything starts to spin up like ... like personally, I wrote many times already ...
    - Only, anyway, without the deployment of a real fortified area (tanks; systems - artillery, missile, RZSO, air defense, electronic warfare; a whole network of tracking, contact and processing information from satellites; arsenals and repair and assembly systems; a whole network of underground communications and hangars for flying equipment .. Etc.) ... - just can not do; if Russia is not going at all - very soon to leave Syria ... - All this had to be created yesterday ... - And there would have been much less initial cost ...
    - Everything goes to this; but much more expensive and very late ..., because of which Russia irretrievably lost many advantageous positions in Syria ...
    - And this allowed Turkey and the USA to impose their conditions on Russia ... - This is simply an unforgivable mistake and indecision on the part of Russia ... - Because of what now the return of Syria to its oil and gas fields ... has become very difficult to resolve; and most likely - an insoluble task ...
    - To the author - respect and my plus ...
    1. Binder Online
      Binder (Miron) 30 May 2020 21: 39
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      Quote: gorenina91
      now the return of Syria to its oil and gas fields ... has become very difficult to resolve; and most likely - an insoluble task ...

      It is not so much the power of the Russian group in former Syria, but the reluctance of the Kurds to return to Assad’s rule, and a significant part of the oil fields are located in areas of their compact residence.
  2. Alexander Zima Offline
    Alexander Zima (Alexander Zima) 30 May 2020 18: 35
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    And there, some authoritative experts wrote ... that’s all .. Assad against Putin ... will there be a refutation ?? .. or, as always .. the articles are paid for by bucks .. and no one will strain.
  3. commbatant Offline
    commbatant (Sergei) 30 May 2020 19: 21
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    The expansion of the military presence of the Russian Federation in the ATS is, of course, good, but I hope that the military-political leadership of the Russian Federation has thought out ways to supply the current and future WBs of the Russian Federation to the ATS .... otherwise, our entire contingent in the ATS could turn into one big camp of armed prisoners of war ...
    1. Bitter Offline
      Bitter (Gleb) 31 May 2020 17: 25
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      The expansion of the military presence of the Russian Federation in the SAR is, of course, good, ...

      good We have to start somewhere, the Soviet backlogs and positions are all sold out, drunk or exchanged for some ghostly promises. But now you can begin to rebuild your "new" ideologically neutral infrastructure. True, almost there, but from scratch and, possibly, for a lot of money. But, probably, this is the whole trick, because otherwise you can’t earn the dough with today's “yours”.
    2. 123 Offline
      123 (123) 1 June 2020 00: 15
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      The expansion of the military presence of the Russian Federation in the ATS is, of course, good, but I hope that the military-political leadership of the Russian Federation has thought out ways to supply the current and future WBs of the Russian Federation to the ATS .... otherwise, our entire contingent in the ATS could turn into one big camp of armed prisoners of war ...

      It is not clear what you mean. what Want a "land corridor" to Syria?
      1. commbatant Offline
        commbatant (Sergei) 4 June 2020 19: 45
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        Quote: 123
        The expansion of the military presence of the Russian Federation in the ATS is, of course, good, but I hope that the military-political leadership of the Russian Federation has thought out ways to supply the current and future WBs of the Russian Federation to the ATS .... otherwise, our entire contingent in the ATS could turn into one big camp of armed prisoners of war ...

        It is not clear what you mean. what Want a "land corridor" to Syria?

        In my opinion, only you do not understand ....
        With the closure of airspace over Turkey and Iraq, how will the Russian Federation supply its grouping in the SAR, how will the WB of the Russian Federation in the SAR strengthen or weaken on the contrary on aircraft?
        For example, the British WB in Cyprus and Gibraltar is not in danger, since these WBs are surrounded by friendly states belonging to either NATO or the EU, what is the environment of the Russian Federation in the SAR? In peacetime, pretend that we control the Eastern Mediterranean, but actually not ...
        In order to control something, you need to have several countries friendly to you in the region and a WB network in the region .... (this was exactly what the USSR had) ....
        1. 123 Offline
          123 (123) 4 June 2020 20: 15
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          In order to control something, you need to have several countries friendly to you in the region and a WB network in the region .... (this was exactly what the USSR had) ....

          Very curious statement. Can you tell me what the USSR had "friendly countries" and a "network of military bases" in the Mediterranean region? I don't know Albania, is it worth mentioning? I can only remember Egypt from 1967 to 1972. How Egypt differs from Syria in logistics is not clear.
          1. commbatant Offline
            commbatant (Sergei) 4 June 2020 22: 45
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            Quote: 123
            In order to control something, you need to have several countries friendly to you in the region and a WB network in the region .... (this was exactly what the USSR had) ....

            Do not tell me what the USSR had "friendly countries" and a "network of military bases" in the Srezidemomorsky region?

            Mediterranean Sea:

            - Bizerte and Sfax (Tunisia);
            - Tartus and Lattakia (Syria);
            - Tripoli and Tobruk (Libya);


            https://topwar.ru/27392-set-zarubezhnyh-baz-vmf-sssr.html

            I don't know Albania, is it worth mentioning?

            You have disappointed me my young "friend" with your knowledge of geography, Albania is washed by the waters of the Adriatic and Ionian seas ... fellow


            But not the point. After debunking the “personality cult” of Stalin by Khrushchev, Albania with a cry and hoot left the police department and then, until the collapse of the Union, showed the teeth of the USSR with B. Tito ...

            Vlora, Albania (1955 - 1962)
            It was based on a brigade of Soviet submarines from 12 - a real “awl” in the fifth point of the American fleet. In 1959, one of the submarines from the Albanian base broke through all anti-submarine barriers and conducted a training attack on the cruiser "Des Moines" with the US President on board.
            The story with the Albanian base ended sadly: in 1961, due to ideological disagreements, there was a gap in relations between the two states. An urgent evacuation of the base followed. Four Soviet boats, which were under repair at that moment, were captured by Albanians.

            see there ...
            1. 123 Offline
              123 (123) 4 June 2020 23: 19
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              Mediterranean Sea:
              - Bizerte and Sfax (Tunisia);
              - Tartus and Lattakia (Syria);
              - Tripoli and Tobruk (Libya);

              Impressive. good And what is the role of the bases in Tunisia or Libya in the uninterrupted supply of the base in Syria?
              Suppose they are, it turns out three bases instead of one, which also need to be equipped. Maybe you have a different globe?

              You have disappointed me, my young "friend", with your knowledge of geography. Albania is washed by the waters of the Adriatic and Ionian seas ...

              Alas .. not so young. As for Albania, I asked:

              I don't know Albania, is it worth mentioning?

              Suppose there is also a base there, although it is not clear how you are going to return to the reality of 60 years ago? How does this help supply? Can you describe the route in more detail?
  4. steelmaker Offline
    steelmaker 31 May 2020 20: 55
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    The fire brigade woke up with Putin. And when they got into Syria, that - there wasn’t enough education to calculate what will happen next? Well, they created it, but how will you expel the Turks with the Americans? It’s easier to prevent than raking now! But for this you must have an education!