Russian MiG plays cat-and-mouse game with Israeli Air Force...
On the heels of an Israeli airstrike against select military targets in Syria, a flotilla of 18 Russian warships to include 2,000 Marines, are steaming off Israeli and Syrian territorial waters in the Eastern Mediterranean, as reported by the Israeli news portal Debka.com on Jan.31, 2013.
Earlier this month, the Bahrain News Agency published a report confirming, via the Russian Defense Ministry's press office, that not only are Russian Marines aboard the undisclosed number of Amphibious Assault ships, but also that Russian Airborne Forces are part of the amphibious deployment.
Known for generations as virtually an American lake, the Russian fleet is the only external (non-Middle Eastern) military force afloat in the eastern waters of the Mediterranean Sea.
With the exception on the Islamic Republic of Iran, the Russian Federation is the only world power to support Syria's regime of Bashar al-Assad.
Israel has made no comment on the Assad government's statement which described in detail an Israeli air strike against a "military research institute" near Damascus.
Witnesses say it was a plant for manufacturing "unconventional weapons."
The facility was completely destroyed and two facility personnel staff members of undisclosed nationality were killed.
According to the Russian Foreign Ministry:
"If this information is confirmed, then we are dealing with unprovoked attacks on targets on the territory of a sovereign country, which blatantly violate the UN Charter and is unacceptable, no matter the motives to justify it."
Back Off Or Else...
Debka.com also reported that a Russian MiG-31 Foxhound interceptor (fighter) jet "had crossed over Sinai Wednesday in the direction of Israel. It veered west over the Mediterranean after encountering an Israeli warning not to intrude into its air space and continued flying over Lebanon."
The Israeli Defence Ministry hasn't confirmed nor denied if they would have destroyed the Russian aircraft had crossed into Israeli airspace.
If the MiG had, the Russians would technically had been at war with the State of Israel.
Nothing To See Here...
The Moscow-run official government radio station Voice of Russia stated last week that the Russian Fleet off the coasts of Israel and Syria are officially conducting anti-piracy drills.
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