Skip to comments.Moscow: Sale to Syria of advanced cruise missile will not change military balance in region
Posted on 09/10/2010 7:27:31 PM PDT by sukhoi-30mki
Moscow: Sale to Syria of advanced cruise missile will not change military balance in region
MOSCOW The Kremlin has approved the sale of an anti-ship missile to the Syrian Navy and defended its decision after concerns raised by Israel.
Officials said the missile, identified as P-800, was deemed a defensive weapon that would not change the military balance in the Middle East. "I would like to stress that the Russian Federation is committed to all agreements previously signed between Russia and Syria," Russian presidential aide Sergei Prikhodko said.
Prikhodko said the P-800 sale was approved by the Kremlin based on a study of its affect on the military balance with Israel. He said Russian weapons to Syria would not be directed "against any third party."
Officials said Israel has been concerned that the P-800 could also be transferred by Syria to the Iranian-sponsored Hizbullah. Moscow, faced with Israeli evidence presented after the 2006 war in Lebanon, has acknowledged that Hizbullah deployed Russian weapons sold to the Syrian military nearly a decade ago.
The P-800, with a range of 300 kilometers, contains a 200-kilogram warhead. Yakhont has been capable of skimming the sea and avoiding most radar.
For Syria, the P-800 would represent a leap in capability. The Syrian Navy has been employing the Chinese-origin C-802 anti-ship missile, with a range of 120 kilometers. The P-800 Yakhont would mark the first acquisition of an anti-ship missile by the Syrian Navy in at least a decade. Officials said the Yakhont deal was part of an agreement by Damascus for the Russian Navy to expand its presence in the Syrian ports of Latakia and Tartous.
Officials said Israel and Russia have been discussing the P-800 missile sale to Syria. They said the issue would be high on the agenda of Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak, hosted by his Russian counterpart, Anatoly Serdyukov, during the former's scheduled to Moscow on Sept. 5.
"Some Israeli media distort the position of Russia towards fulfilling its obligations with Syria, including military and technical cooperation," Prikhodko said.
How can a cruise missile be a defensive weapon?
Remember, the Russians/Communists are Orwellian - Peace is War and War is Peace!
Defensive is Offensive and Offensive is Defensive.
“Moscow: Sale to Syria of advanced cruise missile will not change military balance in region” ...
... because the Israeli’s will blow this shit out of the sky twenty seconds after launch.
When it’s a preemptive strike.
Folks - we all are looking at this wrong...
Russian doesen’t care two beans about “balance of power in the region”.
Russia wants $$$ - period. They don’t care who they sell too. They just want the cash.
Anyone really believe that Russia thinks they are helping Iran to provide electricity? Yeah -right. Russian knows and doesn’t care that they are providing nuclear weapons tech and supplies to a terrorist nation (at least until they find themselves on the receiving end of a device...Chechen rebels???
No - Iran, just like Syria - represents CASH, and the old bear needs cash to rebuild its own military.
Side-Bar: If we don't start taking space as the high ground China and Russia is going to own it. Then we are screwed.
Thanks Captain Beyond. Russia knows that the war is coming, because everyone except Israel wants it to come — and as someone pointed out, they want to sell to all sides. No matter who prevails, they’ll be on their good side, apart from the fact that NO ONE remains on the good side of a Moslem.
The most recent piece of the puzzle was the Islamofascist takeover of Turkey — all that’s left to do now is the Islamofascist creeping takeover of Egypt, which I believe will also involve a bit of a civil war, with the remaining mechanisms of the current regime cracking down, then stepping back to let the Saudi and Iranian elements fight each other. Once that is over, whatever remains will be the deciding vote.
I don’t think though that Iran is going to wait. While Barry bows to his masters, the Iranians prepare for a total shutdown of the flow of petroleum. They already had the Persian Gulf under the gun, but they also have installations along the Red Sea, and they will fire the first shots. The preemptive annihilation of the Djibouti missiles will be soon I think, and carried out by Israel.
If Israel isn’t supported by the West when the inevitable jihad rushes in from all sides, I’m sure there’s enough nukes to take care of ALL of the highly urbanized population of the Muzzie states, and a contingency for Israeli occupation of the oil fields thereafter.
...or twenty minutes before.
Note: this topic is from September 10, 2010. Thanks sukhoi-30mki.