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American political analyst: Russia squeezes the US out of the Mediterranean

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The Foreign Policy publication writes that Russia is strengthening its influence in the Mediterranean region, taking advantage of the fact that the United States gathered to reorient the main vector to Southeast and East Asia. The publication writes that the Russian military operation in Syria and its cover from the sea by Russian warships should not be regarded solely as an attempt to preserve the current Syrian government, but should be considered "first and foremost an attempt to create US competition in the Mediterranean."


RIA News leads the translation of a piece of material from Foreign Policy (the words belong to Jeff Mankoff, analyst of the Center for Strategic International Studies, USA):

Russia is increasingly focused on the eastern part of the Mediterranean, where it has strategic opportunities. There is a feeling that the US is leaving the region, and Russia, given its current position in Syria, can expand its military presence there.


American political analyst: Russia squeezes the US out of the Mediterranean


At the same time, Mankoff says that Russia's actions are also a consequence of the annexation of the Crimea.

Mancoff:
Strengthening the military presence in the Mediterranean is a means, not an end. For Russia, a presence in the region is very important, and it has already established contacts with the countries of the eastern Mediterranean.


It is noteworthy that Mr. Mankoff did not say a word about the main task of Russia in the region - the fight against international terrorism. Apparently, American experts do not see a particular problem in international terrorism as such, which once again suggests where the main support for igilov (and others) goons comes from.
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  1. Same lech
    Same lech 5 October 2015 07: 04 New
    +21
    American political analyst: Russia squeezes the US out of the Mediterranean


    Without our Crimea it would be impossible.

    And so he he our Crimea (this phrase is very not like our liberals and Svidomo) and the possibilities of RUSSIA have grown by an order of magnitude ....
    still Putin’s strategist from GOD .... and the consequences of his actions can be considered only after a few years.
    1. oleg-gr
      oleg-gr 5 October 2015 07: 08 New
      +7
      As soon as Moscow began to act independently, the whole "world community" spoke about competition from the Russian Federation. Barack was going to reduce the military budget. Inside NATO, the showdown will continue for money.
      1. Stalevar
        Stalevar 5 October 2015 07: 25 New
        +11
        Russia squeezes the USA out of the Mediterranean

        And we have nowhere to go. They overtook us from all sides. We asked for this. We have no other choice. As they say - "Moscow is behind us, nowhere to retreat!" And to be honest, I’m even glad of it. Woke up, stirred up, raised, brought to feelings. Nearby they needed to indulge in every possible way the sluggish self-destruction of Russia, so no, they decided to hurry. Well now be afraid. Process started yes
        1. Karasik
          Karasik 5 October 2015 08: 29 New
          +5
          Quote: Stalevar
          Well now be afraid. Process started

          Right! To add to this the constant large-scale exercises of various branches of the armed forces - I can imagine how uncomfortable our strategic "friends" feel. And about the ISIS bombing - there are more “friends” in the media than from ISIS itself!
      2. andranick
        andranick 5 October 2015 08: 21 New
        +4
        Yeah ... But this is Russia has not even stood in growth, just moved.
    2. Cheshire
      Cheshire 5 October 2015 07: 24 New
      +3
      American political analyst: Russia squeezes the US out of the Mediterranean

      Without our Crimea it would be impossible.

      And so he he our Crimea (this phrase is very not like our liberals and Svidomo) and the possibilities of RUSSIA have grown by an order of magnitude ....
      still Putin’s strategist from GOD .... and the consequences of his actions can be considered only after a few years.

      There are a lot of unsaid and hidden goals that both the Russian Federation and the United States have. And Putin is really the same monster. Let them be afraid, otherwise they’ll get used to it. bully
    3. Penetrator
      Penetrator 5 October 2015 07: 29 New
      +5
      Quote: The same Lech
      all the same, Putin’s strategist from GOD ....

      Putin’s action strategy is determined by the development and expansion strategy of Russian TNCs. Is this good or bad? Rather, good - Gazprom, Rosneft and other corporations are the main sources of replenishment of the state budget. Something from their income, indirectly, falls to the citizens of the Russian Federation. But the allegations of the greatest strategic talent of Vladimir Vladimirovich, it seems, are somewhat rash.
      1. Simon
        Simon 5 October 2015 08: 26 New
        +3
        Personally, I don’t think so! Americans have long been expelled from the Mediterranean. If they leave, then in the countries around the Mediterranean Sea there will be no color revolutions and Europe and Asia will live in peace, and this is the security of the Russian borders. fool
      2. Dembel77
        Dembel77 5 October 2015 08: 30 New
        +3
        Everything is done right when done in a timely manner. Now the time has come when Russia has gained strength and is simply obligated to declare itself as a power! Well, if you have to fight (even with America or with someone else), then we don’t get used to it. We will justify any opponent who we are and what we are! We are Russians! We will break through! Moreover, the whole world is looking at us with hope!
      3. ssergn
        ssergn 5 October 2015 08: 41 New
        +3
        Well, actually this is at least logical when the state’s policy is falsified by its economic interests.
    4. vodolaz
      vodolaz 5 October 2015 08: 40 New
      +2
      Well, Syria has always been our ally, and besides, losing the naval base in the Mediterranean would be a big strategic mistake.
    5. Kalmar
      Kalmar 5 October 2015 08: 44 New
      +1
      Without our Crimea it would be impossible.

      And so he he our Crimea (this phrase is very not like our liberals and Svidomo) and the possibilities of RUSSIA have grown by an order of magnitude ....

      My geography is so-so, so I ask you to clarify: how does Crimea affect its presence in the Mediterranean?

      Well, about squeezing: what are they going to squeeze out? In the Mediterranean Sea, as I understand it, only the Black Sea Fleet can be more or less distinctly present. Against the background of the 6th US fleet, he looks, frankly, pale. About the number of military bases in "them" and we do not speak in this region at all.
      1. SRC P-15
        SRC P-15 5 October 2015 09: 02 New
        +1
        Quote: Kalmar
        Well, about squeezing: what are they going to squeeze out? In the Mediterranean Sea, as I understand it, only the Black Sea Fleet can be more or less distinctly present. Against the background of the 6th US fleet, he looks, frankly, pale. About the number of military bases in "them" and we do not speak in this region at all.

        "Dashing trouble began" as they say! The main thing is the "place", and how to fill it is a matter of time. With such a policy of Putin, I personally, for our future bases in the Mediterranean, am calm. If he undertakes what, then halfway does not stop.
        1. Kalmar
          Kalmar 5 October 2015 11: 53 New
          +1
          The main thing is the "place", and how to fill it is a matter of time.

          I would say that the "placeholder" is just where much higher priority. We have enough various "places" waiting to be filled (take the same Pacific Fleet, in whose area of ​​responsibility more and more interesting things are happening), but something they all remain empty.

          As for Syria, I’ll just remind you: now only a small part of the country is under the control of the government, while the majority lives on its own. How long Assad will last in such a situation is a big, big question. So, for the time being I don’t see any reasons for particular optimism.
    6. marlin1203
      marlin1203 5 October 2015 09: 13 New
      0
      So we clung to Tartus to the last. That came in handy! And now, apparently, in Syria and the Mediterranean for a long time.
  2. aszzz888
    aszzz888 5 October 2015 07: 06 New
    +6
    and it should be considered "primarily an attempt to compete with the United States in the Mediterranean."


    Well, like dogs in the manger!
    And most importantly, by all means to deceive and humiliate Russia.
    And maybe enough, barked - and in the booth.
    1. quote
      quote 5 October 2015 07: 48 New
      +3
      Quote: aszzz888
      And maybe enough, barked - and in the booth.

      And they won’t succeed in the booth, ISIS bursting into the booth!
      1. Simon
        Simon 5 October 2015 08: 31 New
        +2
        And ISIS militants generally razed to the ground.
    2. Simon
      Simon 5 October 2015 08: 29 New
      +1
      Only close the booth so that they no longer protrude!
  3. KazakPatrol
    KazakPatrol 5 October 2015 07: 07 New
    +3
    The adversaries were cleaning, they did not like everything, everything annoyed them. Let them now make the right conclusions, the strategists are fucking, how many lives have been killed in order to increase your loot in income!
    1. maiman61
      maiman61 5 October 2015 11: 47 New
      +1
      The Turks claimed that our fighter had violated Turkish airspace! And when any scum violates the airspace of Syria, is that normal?
  4. vovanpain
    vovanpain 5 October 2015 07: 10 New
    +11
    Putin came to the UN General Assembly as the leader of a regional power, and left as the leader of a superpower, so the Yankees go home.
  5. rotmistr60
    rotmistr60 5 October 2015 07: 11 New
    +4
    A presence in the region is very important for Russia, and it has already established contacts with the countries of the eastern Mediterranean.

    Russia, as a country capable of not only protecting itself, but also playing an important role in the international arena, is doing what it considers necessary for national security.
  6. corn
    corn 5 October 2015 07: 15 New
    +1
    Statements about building up the presence in the Mediterranean are nonsense. Everyone who does this should look at the map and see the Bosphorus and the Dardanelles, through which Turkey, a NATO member, regulates shipping. Crimea is the defense of our south, no more.
    In addition to the Soviet-era joke:
    SF is the very fleet
    TF is also a fleet,
    BF thug fleet,
    Black Sea Fleet, Chi is not a Fleet ?.
    1. lemal200
      lemal200 5 October 2015 07: 21 New
      +1
      Black Sea Fleet Clear Fleet!
      1. corn
        corn 5 October 2015 08: 15 New
        +1
        Quote: lemal200
        Black Sea Fleet Clear Fleet!

        Battle structure look. Compared to the Georgian fleet, it is a formidable force.
        1. Simon
          Simon 5 October 2015 08: 42 New
          +1
          But do the Georgians have any fleet? what Ukraine also has a fleet, only on the go the rubber boats that the Americans gave them. laughing
    2. Simon
      Simon 5 October 2015 08: 38 New
      +1
      Nobody will increase the Black Sea Fleet, but it is necessary to modernize. For example, replace old ships with more modern ones and strengthen them with submarines. It would not be a bad thing to build an aircraft carrier there with helicopter carriers, then the Americans will forget the road to the Black Sea, otherwise they would walk around our borders.
      1. Ze Kot
        Ze Kot 5 October 2015 17: 43 New
        0
        Quote: Simon
        It would be nice to build an aircraft carrier there



        Why an aircraft carrier in the Black Sea?
  7. Same lech
    Same lech 5 October 2015 07: 19 New
    +4
    Statements about building up the presence in the Mediterranean are nonsense. Anyone who does this should look at the map and see the Bosphorus and the Dardanelles,


    Beaufort and the Dardanelles can be sealed with a good missile strike for a long time.
    But still, CRIMEA is the key to the BLACK SEA.
    1. corn
      corn 5 October 2015 07: 40 New
      0
      Quote: The same Lech
      Beaufort and Dardanelles can be sealed with a good missile strike for a long time

      Who will seal a missile strike? They are already sealed by Turkey without rocket attacks.
    2. Kalmar
      Kalmar 5 October 2015 08: 49 New
      +2
      But still, CRIMEA is the key to the BLACK SEA.

      The key to the World Cup is the straits mentioned. And Crimea is an excellent resort area, but strategically it does not play a special role. In the end, PKRami and the World Cup aviation and without any Crimea perfectly shoots in all directions.
  8. venaya
    venaya 5 October 2015 07: 21 New
    +4
    Russia squeezes the USA out of the Mediterranean

    It is high time! This is our sandbox, they have nothing to do here, let them poke around under their nose, otherwise you see the whole world - their national interests. Well, after all, aren't you impudent?
    1. corn
      corn 5 October 2015 07: 48 New
      +1
      Quote: venaya
      This is our sandbox

      Look at the map. There France, Spain, Italy, Turkey, Egypt, Gibraltar (overseas territory of Great Britain), etc. Not ours at all.
      1. venaya
        venaya 5 October 2015 08: 08 New
        +2
        Quote: corn
        ... France, Spain, Italy, Turkey, Egypt, Gibraltar (overseas territory of Great Britain), etc. Not ours at all.

        Well, not exactly American. But all of the above, once it was ours too. After all, genetic memory has remained. Apparently I'm looking at the old map now.
        1. corn
          corn 5 October 2015 08: 23 New
          +1
          Quote: venaya
          But all of the above, once it was ours too.

          Are you trying to become like the great ukram? Believe me, Russia is not the birthplace of elephants. How would we not want this.
          Even the Caspian Sea is not only our sandbox.
          1. venaya
            venaya 5 October 2015 08: 39 New
            0
            Quote: corn
            Believe me Russia is not the birthplace of elephants. How would we not want this.

            "Russia is not the birthplace of elephants"- This is who told you that. And where then do you think the homeland of the elephants? Report incompetent. The last millennium, Russia was famous for exporting ivory, in Russia it was more than in the whole world combined, many times.
            Apparently you read or studied in the wrong textbooks, obsolete, which are out of date for at least 200 years. It was then that an outstanding Italian scientist determined that only Russia is the birthplace of elephants. Please refresh your knowledge, come in handy.
            1. corn
              corn 5 October 2015 09: 23 New
              0
              Quote: venaya
              Report incompetent.

              A groundless chatter begins, bearing no significant information. Adieu, not about a howl.
              1. venaya
                venaya 5 October 2015 09: 41 New
                0
                Quote: corn
                A groundless chatter begins, bearing no significant information. Adieu, not about a howl.

                Why is the baseless debate about the sandbox a debate about the soil? And then you have already thrown the Caspian out of Russia, despite the fact that researchers write that now the Volga River and the Caspian constituted a single whole and were called purely Russian, we have Ra and now we have water, some water or just the Volga.
  9. 1536
    1536 5 October 2015 07: 21 New
    +3
    Americans do not know history. If only the Turks were questioned, as they had with Russia on the Black Sea in the 18th-19th centuries.
  10. Lyton
    Lyton 5 October 2015 07: 22 New
    +2
    Of course, the mattress-beds do not see terrorists, it’s far from them, neither peaceful refugees sweeping barriers, nor bearded men with RPGs, be quiet, let them run there in Syria and prepare them for this, and create problems for Europe.
  11. Retvizan 8
    Retvizan 8 5 October 2015 07: 31 New
    +3
    Many more from where you jackals need to squeeze! And while Russia, after a great betrayal, has recovered, you rats all over the world have spread and done a lot of trouble!
  12. A1L9E4K9S
    A1L9E4K9S 5 October 2015 07: 35 New
    +2
    Apparently, American experts do not see a particular problem in international terrorism as such, which once again suggests where the main support for the Igilov (and other) thugs comes from.

    Well, who would doubt it, it has long become clear to everyone that the so-called international terrorism began its triumphal march across the planet from Pindo ..... camp, the scenario is clear as day, first Pind ... sys overthrow the legitimate government in which or a country, they help people to come to power, then, under the guise of fighting international terrorism, they destroy the country and destroy the population by seizing the resources of this country.
  13. ermolai
    ermolai 5 October 2015 07: 37 New
    +2
    Russia is increasingly focused on the eastern part of the Mediterranean, where it has strategic opportunities. There is a feeling that the US is leaving the region, and Russia, given its current position in Syria, can expand its military presence there.
    What can it be there? we have already built up, so that some people squeezed their paws. and showed how and what we can, the Jews out only at the sight of our falcons, tails tucked in afterburner squealed to the weeping wall. and now they are asking the regional committee why in four years mountains of ammunition have been used up, and the result is zero, who made money and made money?
  14. Mainbeam
    Mainbeam 5 October 2015 07: 38 New
    +1
    military operation in Syria and its cover from the sea Russian warships

    This is to prevent the Yankees from getting in the way. This is not to climb curious not in their own business, otherwise they will spoil the well-planned operation, they will start dropping weapons “not with that”, bombing “not there” and “not those”. The trouble with the help of the Americans is more than the help itself.
  15. Blondy
    Blondy 5 October 2015 07: 42 New
    +2
    I liked the word squeezed out - after all, this means that the United States has pinned everyone to the limit: in the Mediterranean, the Middle East, Ukraine, and Western Europe.
  16. marder4
    marder4 5 October 2015 08: 09 New
    +2
    Yes, the Americans do not see any problems - after all, all this is overseas and does not represent a problem for them
  17. linadherent
    linadherent 5 October 2015 08: 19 New
    +1
    Yankee "Go home !!!" ... Come on, don’t delay, buy tickets to the side of the house ... yes
  18. da Vinci
    da Vinci 5 October 2015 08: 21 New
    +3
    How many articles of foreign experts appeared about the increased Russian power. But I consider them not as a compliment, but as ordered articles, the purpose of which is to twist own legislative structures for all the details in order to increase the military budget ... As for the increase in the power of the Russian fleet in the Mediterranean, this will take another 15-20 years (with today's pace) and tens of billions of non-wooden ones (and this must be done both in the Pacific Ocean and in the Atlantic). hi
  19. ssn18
    ssn18 5 October 2015 08: 23 New
    +2
    Let them put things in order in their sandbox, otherwise you understand: “The total number of civilians killed at the hands of the police this year amounted to 890 people. That is an average of three people a day.”
    http://rusvesna.su/news/1444004676
  20. Reptiloid
    Reptiloid 5 October 2015 08: 26 New
    +1
    I always wanted “the process to start!” And then the situation was completely wrong. Where is the Mediterranean Sea and where are the mattresses? The raking hands stretched their hands far away.
  21. Oman 47
    Oman 47 5 October 2015 08: 34 New
    +2
    They won’t leave, cattle ...
    Only "VIETNAM-2" with a stream of coffins across the ocean can put the brains through the anus into place.
  22. press officer
    press officer 5 October 2015 08: 38 New
    +1
    Quote: The same Lech
    American political analyst: Russia squeezes the US out of the Mediterranean


    Without our Crimea it would be impossible.

    And so he he our Crimea (this phrase is very not like our liberals and Svidomo) and the possibilities of RUSSIA have grown by an order of magnitude ....
    still Putin’s strategist from GOD .... and the consequences of his actions can be considered only after a few years.


    So they fed them! Watered! How many weapons are sold! And how much oil was bought for nothing! And then the "evil Russians" flew in and let's bomb! That’s in vain they agreed with the Russians! Mattresses! Here they are the real owners of the IG! Everything is as in the picture! Watch it! belay
  23. YaMZ-238
    YaMZ-238 5 October 2015 09: 15 New
    0
    Otherwise, you (americos) will become insolent! Only that is what you need to do with you !!!
  24. olimpiada15
    olimpiada15 5 October 2015 09: 45 New
    0
    Americans look at the whole world from a dough position and serve their buck.
    They don’t understand that Russia is really fighting terrorism, which destroys hundreds of thousands of people, and therefore God is on the side of Russia.
  25. evgmiz
    evgmiz 5 October 2015 10: 04 New
    0
    Nothing wrong! The Yankees still have, for example, the Sargasso Sea ...
  26. mamont5
    mamont5 5 October 2015 12: 00 New
    0
    It is desirable to completely squeeze the United States out of the countries living on the planet. People can stay.