Within a span of ten days, the Russian foreign minister has already received telephone calls from his US counterpart over the crisis in Syria.
John Kerry, US Secretary of State has recently been badgering Sergei Lavrov and expressed concerns over the reports circulating that there has been Russian military build-up in the war torn country and warnings over disastrous consequences over backing its Syrian ally. The latest warnings coming from Washington was left unheeded by Russia. The warnings came as satellite images of a government held air base in Syria appear to have an expansion of military footprint of Russia. The officials of US say that they believe Russia is constructing a forward air base although there are no reports yet that Russian fighter aircraft are deployed in the area.
Kremlin denies allegations
The Kremlin has denied expanding its presence within Syria and makes no secret its assistance through military personnel and equipment to the government of Syria. The president of Russia, Vladimir Putin made a passionate defense in support for the regime of Syria’s President Assad. He even encouraged other countries to support the nation also. Putin told the delegates at a regional security conference in Dushanbe, Tajikistan that Russia is supporting the Syrian government fight the aggression of the ISIS terrorists. He further said that his country is currently in full support in whatever means to Syria and will continue to provide the necessary military assistance. He also emphasized that if Russia did not support Syria, the country’s situation would have been worse compared to Libya and that the world will be seeing more refugees from the war torn country.
You do not have to look further in order to see the agenda of Russia in its interest in Syrian soil. Foremost the Kremlin is concerned with the consequences of its own security if these Islamist rebels make further gains in Syria or even take control of the entire country. Russia has its own problems when it comes to Islamist insurgency and that there are fears that a victory of ISIS in Syria may have negative impacts to northern Russia.