Putin Makes Surprise Visit to Syria in the Company of Su-30 Jets to Declare Victory and the End of Op
Russian President Vladimir Putin paid surprise visit to Khmeimim Airbase in Syria’s Latakia province on Monday, December 11. As he prepared to land, he was met by an escort of Su-30SM fighter jets.
During this unannounced visit Putin met with Syrian president Assad and made an important announcement regarding partial withdrawal of Russian troops from Syria following the defeat of ISIS. Putin added that if terrorists reappeared in Syria, Russian troops would be back.
Russia’s Enormous Victory & End of ISIS
Russian Syria op is one of the most successful military ops of all time. As a result of Russian BKC (Russian joint military-space forces) involvement along with Syrian ground troops, ISIS has been squeezed out of all cities in Syria, leaving only some straggling groups in the country, with which Syrian army is still dealing on the ground. Syrian government today controls most of the country’s territory. When Russia got involved in Syria 2 years ago, Assad and Syrian army controlled 14% of the country’s territory, rebels were located as close as 8 kilometers from Assad’s palace, Syrian army was on its last legs with deserters leaving in droves. It was expected that any day Assad would lose power and Syria would be torn to pieces by warring factions and foreign powers.
The task the Russian Army had in Syria seemed insurmountable and extremely complex. Not only it was of a military nature, but it was diplomatic, moderating and peacemaking as well.
During the past 2 years of Syrian involvement, in military operations Russia hasn’t lost a single jet, except the Turkish provocation with the downing of the Russian Su. One single flying regiment took part in operations; overall Russian troops in Syria numbered no more than 4-5 thousand. This relatively small number of troops managed to make 30,000 flights and destroy most of the ISIS top commanders, and most of the Islamic State terrorists’ infrastructure, including arms depots, training camps, factories, oil transports and money laundering rings. Estimated combined ISIS losses are 32,000 troops. Russian instructors re-trained and turned around the demoralized Syrian army in such a way that it began winning. The most important Syrian army operations were developed and executed under the command of Russian higher officers. The result of such operations was the liberation of all major Syrian cities, securing of oil fields and the majority of the country’s territory.
The political, diplomatic and peacemaking results have been equally impressive. Only Russia managed to sit down at one table the seemingly irreconcilable enemies, including Iran, Turkey, Syrian government and opposition/ rebels/ various factions. Political process is taking place and elections are coming, which was unimaginable just recently. Syria today is day and night compared to what it was just two years ago.
All this is especially impressive if you compare it to the staggering fiasco of the US/EU/NATO’s involvement in Iraq and Afghanistan, as well as Syria. Incidentally, it has been brought to my attention that following Russia’s astounding victory in Syria, US and France are trying to steal this victory, declaring it theirs and ignoring the reality. This is also nothing new — remember WWI and WWII and the re-writing of history!
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Of course, this is far from being the end. The new strategy for securing the rest of the country, maintaining peace and squeezing US out of Syria has to be implemented, political changes have to take place. But the active military phase is over.
After the surprise Syria stop-over, where he thanked the troops, met with Assad and declared the end of Syria op, Putin in the same day visited Egypt and Turkey.
This whole 1-day, 3-country Middle East turbo-tour is the continuation of Putin’s restructuring and rebalancing of the Middle East, as discussed in my recent interview A New Tsar Arrived. But the timing is also such that this Middle East tour serves as Putin and Russia’s response to Trump’s decision to consider Jerusalem the capital of Israel and to move the US embassy from Tel-Aviv to Jerusalem.
Why did Trump make such announcement right before Holidays? It has already met with much condemnation around the world and generated a new wave of violence and anti-US hatred. There are calls for the 3rd Intifada (Palestinian resistance war against Israel). This announcement is also likely to create new waves of terror attacks in US, Israel and other countries. Just yesterday we had terror attack attempt at the Bus Terminal in Manhattan, and more are expected during Christmas/New Year. Politicians and lay people alike have dubbed Trump’s decision ‘irresponsible and short-sighted.’
The reason Trump saw fit to make such an announcement is very simple and in line with my original predictions from the Trump ESR16 and ESW1: WILL TRUMP SURVIVE HIS FIRST TERM. Trump is in a ‘straitjacket’ and in a fight for survival, being criticized and threatened by various forces. This is by no means a justification of his actions, but merely a reminder that I predicted this since 2016, before the US election outcome was even known.
Trump is trying to avoid impeachment with all his might. In this survival mode he, in a typical American fashion, doesn’t care how his words or actions will impact the world. He is simply thinking about himself. If he were a private citizen, that might be at least understandable, if not forgivable. But it doesn’t work at all if one calls himself a US president.
The Israeli/ Jewish lobby in the US is one of the most powerful. Therefore, for Trump it is crucial to have it in his corner. It is as crucial as having Pentagon and US army in his corner, or at least neutral so they wouldn’t support his impeachment. To appease Pentagon/US army Trump does constant saber-rattling against N. Korea, threatening to begin a nuclear war. If it’s not N. Korea, it is Iran, Syria, or whatever enemy is next in line.
And to appease the Jewish/Israel lobby Trump recognizes Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. All very logical actions from his standpoint — and the hell with the rest of the world. This yet again demonstrates how unfit the USA, this ‘exceptional nation’ and ‘sole super-power,’ is for the role of the global leader.
This is where Russia the Great Balancer comes in. Putin’s announcement of Russian troops withdrawal from Syria stands in stark contrast to Trump/USA’s bullying position.
By contrast with Trump, Putin announced during meetings with Egypt’s el-Sisi and Turkey’s Erdogan that only the joint negotiations between Israel and Palestine should decide the status of Jerusalem. This measured and reasonable position yet again shows who the true world leader really is; who brings peace to the Middle East, and who provokes wars.
Putin is confirming what I often talk about: Russia is the unifying, balancing and pacifying force in the Middle East and globally. This role of Russia the Great Balancer will continue intensifying during the ongoing EARTH SHIFT.
We talk about this at length in recent URGENT NEW INTERVIEW! A New Tsar Arrived: How Putin is Squeezing US out of NEW Middle East.
I discussed in detail the situation in the Middle East, Syria, Turkey, Egypt, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and more in these Earth Shift Reports: ESR5, ESR7 & ESR13.
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Another recent interview: The Putin Enigma and The Coming Western Perestroika
VIDEO – Iran parades Russian S-300 missile defence systems on Army Day:
You may recall my two past articles: the 2015 piece, Mystery Revealed: What frightened the USS Donald Cook so much in the Black Sea? and from early 2014, Striking Geopolitical Similarities: Georgian War – Beijing2008 and Ukraine – Sochi2014.
In the latter, I explained the long-cherished US plan to attack Iran and how Russia since mid-2000s was quietly protecting Iran by all means possible. The reason Russia had to continuously run interference was due to the fact that US invasion of Iran was set in stone after Iraq and Afghanistan, and it was clear that Iran would not be unable to withstand a massive simultaneous attack by US from sea and air. In the former, I expanded on how Russians arranged the protection of Iran via the elimination of US base and military hardware in Georgia, and how certain apt demos of Russian electronic warfare capabilities for the US Navy and airforce cooled off Pentagon and Washington hotheads.
Russia couldn’t watch over Iran forever. Iran, a sovereign country, needed to be given the means of protecting itself. Only Russian technology can effectively shield anyone against a US airstrike. Therefore, in mid-2000s the deal for the supply of Russian S-300 missile defence systems was signed.
After the S-300 agreement materialized, the West immediately expanded anti-Iran sanctions to include such defence weapons, which at the time prevented Russia from fulfilling the contract. It was understandable: US needed Iran defenceless against their attack. At the time Medvedev was Russian president and he tried to work with the West, therefore agreeing to the S-300 deal freeze. Medvedev’s decision was met with criticism in both Russia and Iran. That said, I can tell you with confidence that if US did attack Iran Russia would have supplied the S-300 and anything else necessary. But at the time, other, quiet and even more convincing means were found for preventing the US aggression. Read above-linked articles where I describe what happened during Georgian mini-war 2008 and how Russian electronic jamming devices sent clear warnings to US Navy that an attack on Iran could be their last.
To get the full picture of the advanced electronic warfare (4D warfare, in my terminology) and newest secret Russian technology, watch: EARTH SHIFT VIDEO REPORT 4: ALIEN TECHNOLOGY & NEW RUSSIAN WEAPONS.
It has to be noted that S-300 is the older, shorter range model that covers 200-300 km radius. S-400 is the newer, longer range system; the latest model is S-500, and yet more advanced systems are in the works.
S-400 at Moscow Victory Day Parade May 9, 2010
After US/NATO began flexing their muscles in the Baltics and Poland, and after the Kiev ukro-nazi coup, Russia finally placed S-400 systems in Kaliningrad, the Russian enclave sandwiched between today’s Poland and Lithuania on the Baltic shore. Since 2015, after Turkey shot down Russian jet, Russia now uses S-400 in Syria to protect its military.
S-400 arriving to Syria
There is no weapon in existence that can counter Russian S-class missile defence systems. Speaking of their effectiveness and impact: US and NATO complain that the Kaliningrad S-400s cover large parts of Central, Northern and Eastern Europe, thus severely limiting the ability of NATO/US airforce to fly there. Similarly US/NATO and Turkey complain that S-400s in Syria cover half of Turkey and parts of the Middle East, including NATO military bases.
Syria: S-400 installed on Khmeimim airbase – coverage of the Middle East
This means that anyone flying over Syria needs Russian permission. It also means that any US/NATO, Saudi or Turkish jets can be shot down on takeoff on their territory (more about that in ESR5: Syria Game Changer and ESR7: Turkish Conundrum).
Needless to say, S-400 in Syria and Kaliningrad act as convincing ambassadors of peace and the most effective reminder to all parties not to try anything funny.
S-400 Triumf being purchased by India
You may recall the 2014 joke that Putin played master chess, while Obama played marbles. I said back then that after Crimea and Donbass fiascos, when turning Ukraine into a long-term anti-Russia failed, US began employing smarter people… but not smart enough. Seemingly a win for Obama Administration, the 2015 Iran deal culminating in lifting of Iran sanctions in exchange for Iran abandoning its uranium enrichment program is, in fact, yet another hidden fail.
Here is why.
Last year, Washington paraded as one of its successes the fact that an agreement with Iran was reached, which capped Iran’s ability to enrich uranium sufficiently in order to produce nuclear weapons. In exchange, old Iran sanctions and oil embargo were lifted and Iran regained its ability to freely sell its oil on world markets.
Russia, US and EU were united in their eager desire to sign such agreement with Iran, but for very different reasons. USA: 1. to show a rare success of Obama’s international policies before the end of his term, 2. to dump more oil on the market that would lower world oil price and, therefore, hurt Russian economy. EU: 1. wanted cheap Iranian oil, 2. wanted to make sure Iran couldn’t build a nuclear weapon, 3. not a bad idea to hurt Russian economy.
Many scratched their heads as to what was in it for Russia. After all, Iranian oil flooding the market would lower oil prices and Russian oil exports would suffer. Oil prices did plunge dramatically, thus indeed hurting Russian economy.
But in reality, the oil price plunge was little related to Iran. I wrote about that in detail in Earth Shift Reports ESR5: Syria Game Changer and ESR7: Turkish Conundrum. What did impact the price of oil were several factors: natural boom/bust cycle and related lower demand by China, Saudis/OPEC playing quota games to get rid of competitors, US mass manipulation of oil futures, and ISIS dumping cheap oil through Turkey.
The embargo has been lifted; however, Iran is still not making an impact on oil prices one way or the other. I’ll tell you why below.
The geopolitical games being played are very complex and the intended result isn’t always obvious. Sometimes it becomes obvious to an average person years later, and sometimes, never.
Behind the scenes, Russia and Iran made a deal, according to which Iran would sell most of its excess oil to Russia. In exchange Russia would supply to Iran the coveted S-300 missile systems, which Iran has been requesting for years.
Why would Russia need more oil, you ask? Isn’t there already more than enough?
This deal ensures Iranian oil is taken off the market, thus eliminating its impact on the global price of oil. Because of this deal it is clear that Iranian oil simply could not impact the price of oil. Therefore, ONLY targeted manipulation of oil futures by the US, including Soros/ various hedge funds, and of course, the super-secret USA’s market crash team, all working together, could plunge the price of oil by that much. The target of this manipulation is very well known: it’s Russia, Russia and RUSSIA.
It was a stated goal of Obama and his administration to weaken and destroy Russia through turning Ukraine into anti-Russia and anti-Russian sanctions. They imagined that such catastrophic events would be followed by all-Russia discontent, culminating in national uprising and color revolution -all designed to remove Putin. This, in turn, would lead to Russia’s break up into small, easy to divide and conquer, pieces. This was the original Stratfor plan (read ESR8).
The fact that US, through Kerry or Kissinger, is suddenly again starting to want to talk cooperation with Russia is only because of:
1. Russian success in Syria and the most effective peacemakers I’ve described: S-400 in Kaliningrad and Syria.
2. Putin and Lavrov’s effective diplomacy and the fact that former US allies in the Middle East prefer to talk to Putin rather that Obama.
3. How embarrassing for the US, Obama and his cronies: despite continuing attempts to vilify Putin he is still the world’s most popular leader, while people in the US and EU would prefer Putin as their president.
If this is not the ultimate fiasco and indictment for ‘we are change’ Obama, Kerry, Nuland, Pentagon, Soros, Stratfor/George Friedman, McCain, and their cronies, I don’t know what is! Incidentally, let’s not forget to include on the list Bill and Hillary Clinton, together with their hidden handlers.
(Don’t forget to read about Stratfor/Friedman’s plan for the destruction of Russia and Ukraine in Earth Shift Report 8: Black Sea Gambit!)
But what happens next to the Iranian oil? It goes through Russia to China. As I said, the deal is complex. China buys Iranian oil through Russia, Russia supplies S-300 to Iran. The deal also includes Russia’s very profitable nuclear cooperation with Iran due to Iran’s uranium enrichment cap agreed upon in 2015, which makes Russia a necessary partner. In other words, Iran needs Russia to get enough fuel for its nuclear stations and medical needs, to recycle fuel, and more. In turn, China pays Russia for oil via investments and national currency swaps. Such a neat Eurasian triangle based on mutual interests, I’d say.
Russia supplied S-300 to Iran as soon as the West lifted anti-Iran sanctions. But wait! After the old sanctions were lifted Iran immediately slapped new anti-US sanctions on two thousand American products, including Caca-Cola, American movies, etc. US, in turn, slapped some fresh sanctions on Iran!
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