Israel: Russia Putting Down Roots in Middle East

(Jerusalem Post) Russia is planning to stay in Israel's neighborhood for the long term, Israel Navy Chief of Staff Rear Admiral Dror Friedman told Army Radio on Wednesday. "You see their activities in the field and you see them putting down roots. You see their activities in the Port of Tartus [in Syria] and you understand that this isn't the activity of someone who is planning to pack their bags and leave tomorrow morning....You can see this through the amount of weaponry, the equipment they are bringing, the bases they are building." Friedman said that the Russian military presence in Syria changes the way that the Navy operates in the area. "There have been instances in which we assessed the situation and changed or chose not to carry out operations," he said.

2017-03-16 00:00:00

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