Athens approved Russia’s request for aeronautical exercises within the Athens FIR. The demand for the exercises was asked because the Russian aircraft carrier Admiral Kuznetsov and its escort ships approach Eastern Mediterranean. The exercise might take place on Tuesday 80-90 miles southwest of Pylos, in the Ionian Sea. Alternative dates are – under Russian request – the 5th and 6th of January.
The Russian naval force is expected anytime now to reach the area of the Athens FIR. The aircraft carrier entered some days ago the Mediterranean through Gibraltar and heads off Syria.
So, the task force is of Grecce, and probably of Syria in a matter of days.
Since the Russian intervention with weapon and politics, the situation has cooled, and hopefully a deal with the opposition can move the country closer to democracy and avoid further bloodshed.
GarryB wrote:I hope both sides keep a cool head as Iran is certainly no threat to the world, but it is definitely a power in the region.
I am pretty sure that a US attack on civilian nuclear facilities in Iran would lead to an end to the reset with Russia, and Russia will likely become much more cooperative with Iran in terms of supplying weapons.
Really don't think it is worth it for the US... but that has never stopped them in the past.
The other hotspot, Iran is getting hotter by the minute. Now 40% of the worlds oil is at stake, if Iran close the Hormuz strait. And oil is what US interests is all about, as it is power and money. Especially money, with many politicians striving to benefit themselves and friends, just as Bush and Dick did.
Now, wouldnt it be wiser to station the Kuznetsov in BSF?
Up in the cold north, nothing is happening.
Not that i like Iran much, i just dont see the justification to sanction Iran and then bomb it back to the stone age, when other countries were allowed to get nucs. Israel, India, Pakistan, North Korea. And Israel cannot be said to be a peaceloving country by any means.
I dont see the K moving to interfere with a US-Iran naval clash, but it cannot hurt to be nearby, observing and decoding target radars.
So, any bet the K is going through Suez in a few weeks?