Russia, Syria Complement Each Other in Security Areas

Saturday, August 23, 2008

Hassan Hanizadeh

Syrian President Beshar al-Assad’s meeting with Russian leader Dmitry Medvedev showed that Moscow has been forced to review its Middle East policy following events in the Caucasus, especially, in South Ossetia, and NATO’s attempts to encircle Russia.
Russia, which lost its position in the Middle East after the collapse of the Soviet Union, is trying to regain a foothold in the sensitive region to counter pressure by the West.

During Assad’s talks with Medvedev at the Black Sea resort of Sochi, the two sides discussed Moscow’s decision to deploy Iskander missiles in Syria. The offer was in response to a deal signed by Washington and Warsaw to station a U.S. missile defense system in Poland.

The installation of these missiles can change the balance of power in favor of Russia as the Zionist regime and the United States have been extending their military influence in the Caucasus since the breakup of the Soviet Union.

Although Syria lost its main strategic ally after the Soviet collapse, it kept its military, economic and political ties with Russia as the country faced military threats by the U.S. and Israel.

Strategically, Syria and Russia need each other, and they share common security concerns.

It seems that the Middle East will witness the emergence of a new block as Russia and Syria, as two important countries in the region and the world, are moving toward establishing a new strategic alliance which will greatly influence developments in the Middle East.

The deployment of U.S. missile shield in Poland and efforts by NATO to encircle Russia will definitely threaten Russian security, and to counter these threats Moscow needs to take up new security measures in the Middle East and Central Asia by using the geographical, military and security potentials of the countries which share views with the Kremlin officials.

Since Syrian air space has been repeatedly attacked by the Zionist regime’s fighters during the recent years, Damascus would use the opportunity to take advantage of the Russian military potential to strengthen its power in the face of Israeli military threats.

On the other hand, an active political involvement of Russia, as a very influential country in the UN Security Council and the world, would help resolve regional crises such as those in Palestine, Lebanon, and Iraq. Moreover, it will limit the maneuvers of Washington and Tel Aviv on the political chess board and come as a counterbalance to the hegemony of the two countries in the region.

Therefore, Assad’s visit to Russia will change the security and military landscape of the region which will affectively create a logical balance in the face of Israel’s exorbitant demands.


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