A Gauntlet Thrown
Russia is increasing its presence in Syria, which is causing a lot of tension with the United States. They are now sending highly sophisticated military tanks into Syria, which tightens their grip on the region. It would appear that Russia is planning on having a major presence in the region, and may be setting up staging areas for airstrikes. “There were military supplies, they are ongoing, and they will continue,” Sergey V. Lavrov, the Russian foreign minister, was quoted as saying by Russian news agencies on Sunday. “They are inevitably accompanied by Russian specialists, who help to adjust the equipment, to train Syrian personnel how to use this weaponry.” This does not imply combat troops, yet satellite photos would suggest that that’s exactly what is there.
It is unclear what the United States should do in reaction to this dilemma. One thing is clear however, and that is that the relations between Russia and the US are straining. Indeed, Russia just closed the American Center in Moscow. Statements are being made, and statements require response.