Why Does Russia Care So Much About Syria Anyway?

Thursday, September 05, 2013

Russia has been a consistent supporter of Syria, most notably threatening to veto any UN action. But why? Washington Post foreign policy blogger Max Fisher explains Putin's thinking.



Max Fisher

Comments [9]

blacksocialist from BKbaby

mr bad - and evidently, you cant comment on the announcer, she may be too delicate... wnyc, where hacks come to work.

Sep. 05 2013 11:29 AM
Mr. Bad from NYC

No discussion or Saudi or Qatar role in financing/creating SNA: Check!

No Discussion of attempts to buy off Russia: Check!

No discussion of a planned natural gas pipeline to Europe: Check!

Attempt to play on cold war paranoia: Check!

WNYC Sponsors Al Jazeera/Natural Gas Alliance Inc. are Happy! GREAT JOB WNYC! USA! USA! Thanks for the Qatari/Corporate sponsored propaganda!

Sep. 05 2013 11:24 AM
Ed from Larchmont

Wait until we attack, that will destroy the relationship with Russia.

Sep. 05 2013 11:24 AM
Sheldon from Brookyn

@ Mr. Bad - you can add that to the list.

Sep. 05 2013 11:18 AM

We were almost this smart -

Why can't we remember that now?

Sep. 05 2013 11:13 AM
Ed from Larchmont

We should still go to the U.N. If the U.N. refuses to act, we tried.

Sep. 05 2013 11:12 AM
Mr. Bad from NYC

Max, you wimp, why don't you talk up the gas pipeline? Why does them mainstream media run from this... oh yeah, it's the truth.

Sep. 05 2013 11:12 AM
Mr. Bad from NYC

@ Sheldon from Brooklyn

Nonsense. Syria (Assad) is holding the line against an Arab (saudi/qatar) gas pipeline that would have to go through Syria in order to get through turkey and onto continental Europe (Nabucco/Nabucco West). Right now Gazprom (Russia's state owned gas monopoly) OWNS europe's gas market which is far more dependent on NAT GAS than ours giving Russia massive strategic leverage it has already flexes once (Ukranian Crisis).

Sep. 05 2013 11:10 AM
Sheldon from Brooklyn

It's part pride and part self-interest.

The question itself is hypocritical.

Just like the US, Russia has a powerful defense lobby too.

It's the same reason the US refuses to call the incident in Egypt a coup.

As Lindsey Graham, in a brief burst of honesty said: "If we don't [can't] give [The Egyptians] weapons, [because we acknowledge it's a coup] someone else will."

Assad is buying billions in weapons from the Russians, on the country's credit card. Stubborn civil wars are always good for business. The post- soviet Russians may not be making Ipads and TV'S but they are still good at making state of the art weapons.

It's no longer about expanding the proletarian revolution, it's about making money. Reagan would be proud.

Sep. 05 2013 10:24 AM

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