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