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Russian warships on standby to sail to Gulf

Discussion in 'News' started by robJ, Mar 9, 2005.

  1. robJ

    robJ Member

    Joined: Oct 8, 2004 Messages: 385 Likes Received: 0

    Nick Paton Walsh in Moscow
    Friday January 10, 2003
    The Guardian

    Russia has put three warships on standby to go to the Persian Gulf within the next month to protect its "national interests" in the event of an American invasion of Iraq.
    Russia's Pacific fleet has been ordered by the central command to prepare two cruisers and a fuel tanker for immediate deployment to the Gulf.

    The move will heighten tension between Moscow and Washington, who both have interests in Iraq's oilfields.

    The Marshal Shaposhnikov and the Admiral Panteleyev cruisers would be called upon to defend Russian "national interests" in the Gulf if the conflict between Iraq and the US escalates.

    The ships - armed with missiles and reconnaissance equipment - have been ordered to be ready for deployment between late this month and early February.

    (old news.....
  2. villain

    villain Veteran Member

    Joined: Jul 12, 2002 Messages: 5,190 Likes Received: 2
    I think Russia is more prone to virulently defend other former soviet provinces around the caspian basin. Though they did have interests in Iraq, as well as France... and other nations I'm sure. Probably not too happy about that.
  3. bobthebuilder

    bobthebuilder Member

    Joined: Nov 15, 2004 Messages: 295 Likes Received: 1
    The russians hate islamic extremists as much as we do. Take for example chechnya. We are helping them fight against those rebels, US sf soldiers are in combat over there.
  4. villain

    villain Veteran Member

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    Another thing people don't hear too often about Chechnya is that it's oil rich. Don't think the russians would invest all that time and money because they hate islamic extremists or want to "liberate" the people. The resistance in Chechnya is separatist. So why wouldn't Russia let them go their way like many other of it's former states?
  5. Theodore Huxtable

    Theodore Huxtable Banned

    Joined: Jan 20, 2005 Messages: 236 Likes Received: 0
    why'd you post something from january 2003?