Russian navy moves in

08 April 2017 11:42 am

There’s been a military response from the Russians to Trump’s attacks in Syria.

The Russian frigate, Admiral Grigorovich RFS-494, crossed through the Bosphorus Strait and was reportedly heading towards the two U.S. Navy destroyers that launched missile strikes into Syria.

The Admiral Grigorovich is armed with advanced Kalibr cruise missiles.

Meanwhile, Fox News says one of the American destroyers that launched the missiles into Syria started heading to an undisclosed location to rearm.

This is not to say it’s a military confrontation. It could well be just intelligence gathering.

At the same time, Moscow has surpassed Washington in one category: nuclear weapons. Russia was believed to possess around 7300 nuclear warheads, compared with the U.S.' estimated 6970.

Of course, a nuclear conflict would be catastrophic. It’s unlikely to be a strategic option for either nation. Trump and Putin have both pledged, however, to expand their nuclear forces.

For now, however, it looks like Vladimir Putin is choosing to step back. He seems to be biding his time and leaving plenty of room to smooth things over.

Think of it. He could have used Russia’s air defense systems in Syria to shoot the American rockets out of the sky. He could also have cancelled his meeting next week with Secretary of State Rex Tillerson. But he did neither.

“This is not going to be pillow talk between two newlyweds,” Russian lawmaker Leonid Kalashnikov, who chairs a parliamentary committee on integration with Russian allies told Time magazine.

“It’s a conversation between two people who want something from one another, and we are both ready to back away on this issue for the sake of achieving other goals later on.

“Russia understands that nobody needs escalation.”

Still, it's all so unpredictable at the moment. Watch this space.

Leon Gettler

2017

September

16 Sep 2017 - Australia’s energy crisis shows the stupidity of privatisation

09 Sep 2017 - Why climate change will devastate Florida

July

16 Jul 2017 - Laws of mathematics don’t apply to Australia: Malcolm Turnbull

June

17 Jun 2017 - Political backlash over the Grenfell fire

11 Jun 2017 - A win for Macron is a lesson for Theresa May

04 Jun 2017 - Attacks in London could change the election

May

28 May 2017 - Why Donald Trump will survive and be re-elected in 2020

20 May 2017 - Will the Mueller probe examine Trump’s Russian business ties?

13 May 2017 - Hypocrisy over Chloe Shorten’s necklace

06 May 2017 - Macron vs Le Pen: France is no longer one country

April

29 Apr 2017 - Turnbull government attacks banks over Adani

23 Apr 2017 - Why the French election is important

08 Apr 2017 - Russian navy moves in

01 Apr 2017 - Australia is one of the world’s worst money laundering property markets

March

19 Mar 2017 - Peter Dutton goes poofter bashing

04 Mar 2017 - Trump will take the market to a fiscal bloodbath

February

26 Feb 2017 - Trump’s mental condition

18 Feb 2017 - Adani’s results tell us the company will not develop in Australia

11 Feb 2017 - Why the Coalition’s “clean coal” plan is crap

04 Feb 2017 - It’s Trump versus the courts

January

27 Jan 2017 - The cost of Trump's wall on consumers

21 Jan 2017 - A look at Europe's future

20 Jan 2017 - Can Trump make America great again?

16 Jan 2017 - Trump parallels with Iraq


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