2015 Will Be All About Iran, China And Russia

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  1. Ray

    Ray The Chairman Defence Professionals Moderator

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    A very candid, if controversial, view of things to come this year.

    Some of it makes sense and some are speculative.

    One wonders how the world will spin this year.
     
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    In Finland we have a saying " run away from the wolf and you will only face the bear later ". That is Fitting for Russians politics, high risk low reward...

    Russians really are masters of blaming others over their problems. This article conviniently forgot that Russian state owned companies have 600 Bn $ debt, of which state is having trouble finding money...
     
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    Afterreading the st sentence I knew that this was from zerohedge .. Their entire platform is "end of the worlds" . It is best to not take everything they say seriously .
     
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    Also you conveniently forget that no country adds debt of Public or private companies to debt to gdp ratios . The low debt that the Russian government has is incredible . Very few countries have such low debt .
    If you wish , add corporate debt of all countries like you add 650 billion dollars for Russia your eyes will bleed .
     
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    It is all about money. When Putin came to power Russia had assets 13bn$ and debt of 113bn$. Putin was very quiet. When oil prices soared and they had 300bn oil fund he started Georgian war. After some setbacks of GFC he waited and when he had 600bn he started Crimean and Ukrainian war.
     
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    Yea no .. Georgia attacked first . Russia was very happy to co operate with the west and NATO until they are provoked . Do you remember via which country coalition forces 1st entered Afghanistan ? And how did NATO repay Russias anti ballistic missiles in eastern Europe propping up thugs like Saakashvili to take military action . In Russias situation no country would have reacted differently .
     
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    In Finland, the opinion is divided. You surely don't speak for all Finns.
     
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    Less than half support NATO, but the fact is that 94â„… or EU citizen belong to it. Personally I think your "boogeyman NATO" sentiments are quite funny. NATO is not gonna attack Russia.
     
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    Less than half support NATO, but the fact is that 94â„… or EU citizen belong to it. Personally I think your "boogeyman NATO" sentiments are quite funny. NATO is not gonna attack Russia.
     
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    Video: Iranian Fighter Jets Escort Russian Long-Range Bombers to Syria

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    A Russian air force Tu-160 bomber as seen from another plane / AP via Russian Defense Ministry

    BY: Morgan Chalfant Follow @mchalfant16
    November 20, 2015 4:27 pm

    The Russian Defense Ministry on Friday released multiple videos showing Moscow’s continued air and sea operations against targets in Syria.

    In one of the videos, Iranian F-14 fighter jets appear to escort Russia’s long-range bombers as they fly toward Syria to strike areas held by the Islamic State, the terror group that claimed responsibility for downing a Russian passenger jet in Egypt and killing all 224 people aboard at the end of October.

    The video purports to show “combat sorties of the long-range aviation of the Russian Air Force against terrorists in Syria,” according to its the caption.

    Boris Zilberman, an expert on Russia and the Middle East at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, said that the video points to continued military cooperation between Russia and Iran and also suggests that Russia may be launching cruise missiles into Syria from Iranian airspace.

    “That portion of the video was very likely taken over Iranian airspace,” Zilberman told theWashington Free Beacon, pointing to the portion of the video showing Iranian fighter jets escorting the Russian bombers. “And it begs the question of whether Russia is firing cruise missiles into Syria from Iranian airspace. Either way, this shows again continued Russian-Iranian military cooperation.”

    A second video published Friday by the Russian Defense Ministry showcases the air operations of another long-range bomber.

    “Strategic missile-carrying aircraft performed air-to-air refuelling in the course of the combat sorties with cruise missiles,” the caption to the video reads.

    According to Zilberman, the videos indicate that Russia is “showing off its military capabilities and enhancing its readiness to conduct such operations.” Another video published Friday captures a “massive strike with cruise missiles” fired by Russian ships from the Caspian Sea. The missiles purportedly hit targets in Raqqa, Idlib, and Aleppo in Syria.

    These are a few in a string of videos released by the Russian Foreign Ministry in recent days showing Moscow’s continued military action in Syria. Russia intervened militarily in the country in September, first constructing a military base there and later beginning airstrikes.

    Russia has described its military action in Syria as an effort to combat the Islamic State and support Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, a longtime ally of Russia and Iran.

    After a Russian airliner broke up over Egypt’s Sinai peninsula at the end of October, the Islamic State affiliate in Egypt quickly claimed responsibility for the crash. On Tuesday, the Russian Federal Security Service said that a bomb brought down the airplane, and Moscow is now offering a $50 million reward for more information about the individuals who planted the bomb.

    Later this week, the Islamic State released a photo of the bomb that was allegedly used to bring down the aircraft, claiming that the device was constructed using a can of Schweppes Gold Pineapple soda and a small explosive.

    On Friday, Russian President Vladimir Putin called for the “next level” of strikes against the Islamic State in Syria. Moscow also told Lebanon that it soon plans to conduct a three-day naval exercise in the Mediterranean Sea, which could interfere with flights in Lebanese airspace.
     

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