Not long ago as we are all ware, US Secretary of State John (Lurch) Kerry and Dave (Shiny Face) Cameron separately had talks with Russian leaders and emerged claiming they were optimistic about a peacful settlement in Syria being achieved through cooperation with Russia.
So, Dave, Johhny – babe, how’s that cooperation with Russia thing coming along then. Only today you see, Little Nicky read this in the New York Times.
Russia has sent advanced antiship cruise missiles to Syria, a move that illustrates the depth of its support for the Syrian government led by President Bashar al-Assad, American officials said Thursday.
Russia has previously provided a version of the missiles, called Yakhonts, to Syria. But those delivered recently are outfitted with an advanced radar that makes them more effective, according to American officials who are familiar with classified intelligence reports and would only discuss the shipment on the basis of anonymity.
Unlike Scud and other longer-range surface-to-surface missiles that the Assad government has used against opposition forces, the Yakhont antiship missile system provides the Syrian military a formidable weapon to counter any effort by international forces to reinforce Syrian opposition fighters by imposing a naval embargo, establishing a no-fly zone or carrying out limited airstrikes.
It enables the regime to deter foreign forces looking to supply the opposition from the sea, or from undertaking a more active role if a no-fly zone or shipping embargo were to be declared at some point, said Nick Brown, editor in chief of IHS Janes International Defense Review. Its a real ship killer.
Last week, right after the aforementioned talks rumors began to fly around that Russia would sell Bashar al-Assad missile systems that would allow Syria to fight any NATO or US attempt to impose a no-fly zone. Russia immediately denied it, which of course means thats exactly what they planned on doing all along.
Little Nicky has to admit, in Russia they have their own ideas about what constiutes cooperation.
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