“Russia is in the Middle East to stay.”
MARCH 15, 2017 15:14
Israel Navy Chief of Staff Rear Admiral Dror Friedman tells Army Radio that the Russians appear to be setting down roots in the region.
An image grab taken from a video footage made available on the Russian Defence Ministry’s official website on November 15, 2016, reportedly shows a jet taking off from the Admiral Kuznetsov aircraft carrier in the eastern Mediterranean off the Syrian coast during a strike against Islamic State (IS) . (photo credit:HO / RUSSIAN DEFENCE MINISTRY / AFP)
Friedman suggested that the Navy would not want a situation in which certain of its abilities were revealed to the Russians through its operations.
He said that the Russians stationing of the Admiral Kuznetsoz aircraft carrier in the Mediterranean of the coast of Syria was also something that the Navy had to account for. “When such a force is stationed here, our behavior changes,” Friedman said.
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