War in Syria – economic necessity to preserve gas market for Russia

Author : Oleh Zhdanov

Source : 112 Ukraine

"While war in Ukraine is a political necessity for Russia’s strengthening as a great power and principal of the post-war space, war in Syria has purely economic nature," military expert says
10:14, 1 October 2015

112 Agency

Military expert Oleh Zhdanov commented on air of 112 Ukraine on use of aviation by the Russian Federation in Syria.

Vladimir Putin once again emphasizes commitment to his intentions mentioned in a speech at the UN General Assembly.

The fact is that war in Syria is vital for Russia. While war in Ukraine is a political necessity for Russia’s strengthening as a great power and principal of the post-war space, war in Syria has purely economic nature, which can lead to the total collapse and loss of the gas market... Today's events show that Ukraine has headed back for Russia while Syrian campaign is moving on the forefront.

Reaction [of the US and EU - ed.] will be extremely negative because the multinational coalition is not going to let there a fifth player, there are already four members of the armed conflict. They understand that Russia enters Syria on the side of Bashar al-Assad, and Assad's regime was unacceptable for everyone. This is exactly why the civil war started, because they wanted to change the social system in their country. On the contrary, Vladimir Putin wants to strengthen Assad’s position to let him stay, and of course, to have his outpost in the Middle East through which Russian Federation would pursue its policy.

Related: Middle East Day of Russian Foreign Minister Lavrov

We should not forget that Syria represents a key part of the territory, for example, for construction of a gas pipeline from Qatar to Europe or from Azerbaijan through Iran to Europe, or the pipeline could be also run from Turkmenistan bypassing Russian territory.

As it was reported before, the Federation Council of the Russian Federation authorized the use of military force in Syria and mentioned decision refers only to aviation.

Related: Federation Council of Russia consented to use aircraft in Syria

CNN, quoting a high US official, reports that Russia's air force made first air strike in Syria near the city of Homs. Russian Ministry of Defense confirms the air strikes. It was reported that the strikes had targeted character, however no targets were specified. As the Russian Defense Ministry spokesman Major-General Igor Konashenkov said, the targets are ISIS groups.

At least 27 people (including 6 children) were killed as a result of air strikes on the territory of Homs province, Reuters reported. At the same time, the agency did not say exactly who made the air strike.

Earlier Russia had intensified military actions in Syria. Russian Defense Minister Serhiy Shoigu said that activities of the Russian Federation in Syria supposedly are defensive in nature and pose fulfillment of obligations to the government of Bashar al-Assad.

Related: 10 bodies of Russian soldiers already were brought to Sevastopol from Syria - Dzhemilev

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