Putin supports Assad to maintain control over Russian bases in the Mediterranean sea — Breedlove

The commander General of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) in Europe, General Philip Breedlove claims that Putin’s Russia supports the regime of President of the Syrian Arab Republic (SAR) Bashar al-Assadto retain control over their military bases in the Mediterranean. About it the General said on 30 October 2015 at a briefing at the Pentagon, reports UNIAN.

General Breedlove called for NATO partners not to forget because of the situation in Syria on the withdrawal from the Donbas Russian forces

In particular, the American General noted that, in his opinion, Vladimir Putin wants Russia to remain on the world stage is equivalent to a player as «world power».

As stressed by Breedlove, Russia wants to preserve in the Eastern Mediterranean, the control of ports and air bases located in Syria. «I think that Mr. Putin sees the Assad regime as the guarantor of these airfields and ports, and therefore he should support the Assad regime in order to save them,» said Breedlove.

We will remind, today Russia uses Syria two military bases: base «Tartus» — near the sea coast, through which the logistics of the Russian contingent; base «Hamim» near Lattakia — for military operations of the air force.

Both databases are located on held-Assad Sredizemnogo sea coast.

Recently, Lebanese sources reported that Putin in Syria could soon appear third base, this time in the interior of the country.

Last Saturday, October 24, the official representative of the defense Ministry Igor Konashenkov said in an interview with the Russian international propaganda channel Russia Today that the Russian military aircraft during operations in Syria have committed 934 sorties from the military base «Hamim» and destroyed 819 objects.

General Breedlove called for NATO partners not to forget because of the situation in Syria on the withdrawal from the Donbas Russian forces

«I think we need to consider what is happening in Ukraine, and I am concerned that some of our friends took their attention away from Ukraine because of what is happening in Syria,» — said Breedlove.

In this regard, he expressed the belief that Russia has resorted to the use of the mechanism to reduce the international community’s attention to the events that occur in Ukraine. «I think this approach has been used there several times. First to invade the Crimea, and then to divert the world’s attention from the Crimea by invading the Donbas. To divert world attention from Donbass by bringing to the situation in Syria,» — said Breedlove.

«We should be focused on the fact that it is a significantly better concept of Russia. We must holistically consider our response towards Russia», — said Breedlove.

For example, he noted that «if Russia really wants interaction and collaboration or something else on Syria, it is a great place to demonstrate this is the beginning of interaction and cooperation regarding Donbass».

He stated that this is necessary «to begin to move towards the implementation of the Minsk demands such as return of control over Ukrainian border Ukraine that Ukraine was in control of its international border».

According to him, if in the Donbas would have achieved positive results, it might promote dialogue and with regard to the problems in other regions.

At the same time, he stressed that until today was not noticeable that Russia removed any of its forces from Ukraine. Breedlove recalled that as he stated earlier, command and control, air defense systems, radar systems for artillery support, artillery support, personnel and arms shipments are still coming to Donbas from Russia. «Therefore, it is appropriate to start to withdraw from the Donbas these Russian forces,» said Breedlove.




Putin supports Assad to maintain control over Russian bases in the Mediterranean sea — Breedlove 30.10.2015

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