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Does Russia Want War With Ukraine? Not Really—Or Not Yet

Image: A vehicle at Russia’s international military games. Photo via Russian Ministry of Defense.
Nothing short of occupying Kiev would achieve Russia's goals in Ukraine—and that won't happen.
Simon Saradzhyan

The recent escalation of hostilities in eastern Ukraine’s Donbass region and increased military-political tensions around Crimea bring to mind the refrain of a popular song from the times when both these territories were still part of one country: “Do Russians want war?”

Russian Military Options in Syria and the Ukraine

The Saker

 "Information Clearing House" - The past two weeks have been rich in military developments directly affecting Russia:Syria:

1) Russia has announced that she will transform the Khmeimim airfield into a full-fledged military base with a permanently deployed task force.

2) Russia will deploy her heavy aircraft-carrying missile cruiser (often referred to in the West as an “aircraft carrier”) Admiral Kuznetsov to the eastern Mediterranean to to check the combat capabilities of the ship and its strike group and to engage, for the very first time, the state-of-the-art Ka-52K Katran helicopters.

How Long Can Russia, and China, Wait


And an orchestrated war with Russia has all of us marked for extinction

By Paul Craig Roberts

 "Information Clearing House" - The Democratic Party that once was concerned with workers’ rights, the elderly, civil rights, and the constitutional protections of America liberty no longer exists. As the just completed Democratic presidential primaries and the Democratic presidential convention have clearly demonstrated, the United States now has two Republican parties in service to the One Percent.

Dangerous Propaganda: Network Close To NATO Military Leader Fueled Ukraine Conflict

Former NATO Supreme Allied Comander Europe Philip Breedlove at a press conference in 2015

By Christoph Schult and Klaus Wiegrefe

Working with dubious sourcing, a group close to NATO's chief military commander Philip Breedlove sought to secure weapons deliveries for Ukraine, a trove of newly released emails revealed. The efforts served to intensify the conflict between the West and Russia.

Turkey-Russia Pact Threatens Western Interests in the Middle East


by Con Coughlin
In recent months the Kremlin has hinted that keeping Assad in power is not its primary concern. Rather its main objective in Syria is to keep its strategically-important bases in the country.

Russia Looks to Egypt to Boost Its Resurgent Presence in the MENA Region

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Geopolitical Monitor, Daniel Urchick
Russia continues to seek to increase its influence in the Middle East region’s power-brokering structure to a level it believes to be appropriate for its traditional great power status. As one Russia-watcher recently described, “Russia seeks the same level of say in the global system as it had at the Yalta conference of 1945.” It is important to look at Russia’s broader moves in the Middle East, like in Egypt, and not just Syria to properly understand the evolution of Russia’s resurgent great power foreign policy.

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