The National: Russia demonstrates its power in the Middle East

The frigate "Admiral Essen" in the Syrian port of Tartus

The newspaper The National (UAE) discusses the prospects for the presence of the Russian Federation in Syria and the scale of this geopolitical factor.

Russia views the situation in Syria as a geostrategic opportunity created by changes in the regional balance of power. [...] Russia's powerful role in the Syrian conflict shows its effectiveness in establishing its own position in the world arena

- quotes the publication of the words of Gazi Dahman (Ghazi Dahman), an analyst on Middle East affairs.

The text notes that the Russian Federation has invested $ 500 million in the modernization of the port in Tartus.

Analysts say access to the port of Tartus, the last Russian military base outside the former Soviet Union, is key to Moscow's continued involvement in the conflict.

- writes The National.

Obviously, when signing a treaty of friendship and cooperation in 1971, the Syrian leader Hafez al-Assad could hardly imagine what role this would play in the future. In that historical period, it was rather a symbol of mutual respect and a similar worldview.

But in 2017, Russia increased its influence in the region by signing an agreement with official Damascus to extend the lease of Tartus for 49 years. The agreement allowed Moscow to expand its naval base, where it now has the right to keep up to 11 warships, including those equipped with nuclear power plants.

The Tartous base is the most visible symbol of Russian influence because it gives control over a vast territory [...] thanks to the capabilities of strategic bombers. In addition, it gives Russia a good margin of maneuver, which balances NATO, which seeks to establish control over it from the west [...] and from the south

- suggests Mr. Dahman.

The Assad family, in power since 1971, continues to carefully maintain their friendship with Russia. Moscow's military campaign in Syria helped consolidate Bashar al-Assad's power and allowed him to regain control over much of the country.

For the Russian Federation, the campaign in Syria was beneficial from the standpoint of its regional interests, since it participated in hostilities without any serious consequences.

In addition, the article indicates that the Russian Federation "used Israel's fear" of a possible Syrian-Iranian coalition, acting as an intermediary between Jerusalem and Damascus to reduce hostility between the two countries. Also, Russia is able to act as the organizer of the peace process, which will put an end to the protracted civil war.
  • Photos used: Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation
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  1. Vladest Offline Vladest
    Vladest (Vladimir) 18 March 2021 11: 52
    This "Power" was rejected last year in both Syria and Libya. Ha ha !!!!
    1. oderih Offline oderih
      oderih (Alex) 18 March 2021 12: 12
      You have left a third of the population. There are no railways. There is no cargo turnover. The ports are 30% standing. You are dying out in the Baltic states. Your subsidies have already been cut. As far as the Scandinavians are concerned, you are like Moscow.
      1. Vladest Offline Vladest
        Vladest (Vladimir) 18 March 2021 13: 28
        Quote: oderih
        A third of the population has left you

        We have had a stable population growth since 2015. Last year, you only had minus 700 of the extinct, and how many left ... In Estonia, I know two doctors from the Russian Federation. People are running away from you.
        In Estonia, the average salary is 1400 euros. Who will run from this? Or from your couple hundred dollars ...
      2. bobba94 Offline bobba94
        bobba94 (Vladimir) 19 March 2021 23: 25
        In 1991 there were 7,93 million people. In 2020, there were 6,01 million people. I'm talking about the three Baltic countries. The forecast for 2045 is 5,4 million people. There are about 500 million people in the EU ...... Can't 500 million people feed 5 million people ..... of course they will! Therefore, these countries will continue to live in satiety and this will continue for a long time ... So I am writing a comment about demography, about social policy, but I myself have the feeling that I am writing about the rules of feeding and keeping pets ... ...
    2. oderih Offline oderih
      oderih (Alex) 18 March 2021 12: 20
      Remember, the power of a submarine is not its size. And not even a diesel engine (the atom is blocked in the Baltic Sea). It is valued for its inaudibility and invisibility. So for technology you are at our door.
  2. oderih Offline oderih
    oderih (Alex) 18 March 2021 12: 08
    We want to take it out off the coast of California or Estonia. So just wave a pen to you - We are here!
  3. Binder Online Binder
    Binder (Miron) 18 March 2021 17: 49
    Specifically laughed about the "fear of Israel" before the coalition of Iran and Syria. The Israelis are so afraid of the Persians and Syrians that they fuck up their objects regularly and send the soldiers of Allah on an erotic journey to the Hurias. bully