What is Putin preparing in the Mediterranean? Russia began exercises, but against whom?
ATHENS, (BM) – Very serious activity of the Russian navy was revealed in the Eastern Mediterranean, causing an alarm in the Turkish intelligence services but also in the English bases in Cyprus, learned BulgarianMilitary.com citing the Greek news agency Pentapostagma.
For several hours off the coast of Syria, we had an intense activity of the Russian navy, which increased significantly, especially when there are currently at least 9 Russian surface armored units, of which 4 are warships and 3 are submarines.
Similar activity is observed today at Khmeimim air base, as well as in Idlib province, which may indicate the launch of a large-scale military operation, as previously reported by the Syrian media.
Judging by the silence of the radio, the warships of the Russian navy are preparing for operations in the Eastern Mediterranean, while there is information that the Turkish forces in Idlib and elsewhere are looking for “shelters”.
Judging by the fact that we are talking about the movement of Russian ships in some parts of the Mediterranean, Russian experts believe that we can mention the clear preparation of a special military operation, although no official comments were made about it.
The Russian news agency Avia.pro could not find out new information about the naval exercises conducted by Russian naval vessels in the Eastern Mediterranean, and therefore, such activity of the Russian fleet in the area where French, Greek and Turkish warships are very worrying.
Among other things, this morning a Russian transport RF aircraft also flew to Syria, to deliver additional weapons, after it became known the mobilization of the forces of the 4th Syrian Motorized Brigade, which will attack the areas al-Muzayrib, al-Yaduda, Tell-Shihab, Kharab al-Shahm, al-Fawar, Zayzun, al-Ajmi in the western part of Daraa province, in Idlib province, where hundreds of Turkish soldiers and 450 weapons systems were moved yesterday, while We also have the murder of a Russian Brigadier General that has angered the Kremlin.
Turkey is somehow involved in the assassination, according to Russian media.
The Russians have their own agenda in the region, and they do not want Turkish sovereignty in much of the Mediterranean because they will lose “customers” and naval routes to Suez that they want open.
War in Syria
In February, Turkey lost at least 62 troops killed in Syria, nearly 100 soldiers were wounded, dozens of Turkish armored vehicles were destroyed and more than ten drones, including drone, were shot down. Washington has repeatedly accused Moscow of involvement in the deaths of Turkish soldiers, Russia rejects these allegations.
In early March, the presidents of Russia and Turkey, Vladimir Putin and Recep Tayyip Erdogan, concluded an agreement according to which a ceasefire came into force in the Idlib de-escalation zone.
Syrian President Bashar al-Assad later said that if the US and Turkish military did not leave the country, Damascus would be able to use force.
The reason for the Russian-Turkish negotiations was a sharp aggravation of the situation in Idlib, where in January a large-scale offensive by the Syrian army against the positions of the armed opposition and terrorists began.
Government forces recaptured nearly half of the Idlib de-escalation zone and left behind a number of Turkish observation posts. After that, Ankara sharply increased its military contingent in the region and launched the operation “Spring Shield” to push the Syrian troops. Turkey is also supported by militants loyal to it.
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