Russia Reduces Forces in Other Countries to Reinforce Ukraine

by Wall Street Rebel - Michael London | 10/19/2022 8:07 PM
Russia Reduces Forces in Other Countries to Reinforce Ukraine

There is a change in the world balance of power. Moscow evacuated a powerful air defense system and some soldiers to boost its battle in Ukraine. This might possibly change Israel's calculations over whether or not to strike Syria or equip Ukraine.


Russia, which has been the preeminent military force in Syria since 2015 and has contributed to the Syrian regime's ability to sustain its hold on power, still maintains a sizeable presence in Syria. But the change could herald wider shifts in the balance of power in one of the world's most complicated conflict zones, and it could allow Israel, Syria's enemy and southern neighbor, to rethink its approach to both Syria and Ukraine.

The authorities claim that for Moscow to strengthen its military presence in Ukraine, it withdrew a large portion of its air defense system and part of its personnel. The implications of Israel's decision over whether or not to attack Syria and provide weapons to Ukraine are still unknown.

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Two senior Western diplomats and a senior Israeli defense official, speaking anonymously to talk freely, said Moscow had just removed some soldiers and a Russian air-defense system from Syria, eliminating one of the key limits on Israeli military strikes in Syria.

Two authorities estimated that two battalions—between 1,200 and 1,600 soldiers—were removed, while the other estimated significantly more. They agreed that combat troops had decreased.

The Israeli source also indicated that some Russian officers have been redeployed from Syria to Ukraine, and Moscow's military leadership has become less active in Syria's daily operations, including military cooperation with Israel.

The initiatives are a response to a decline in Russian clout in former Soviet states in Central Asia, whose officials assert that the Ukraine conflict has diverted Russia from its usual leadership position, so weakening Moscow's political and military hold.

Since the outbreak of civil conflict in Syria in 2011, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has depended on military help from Iran and its allies, as well as from Russian President Vladimir V. Putin, to keep insurgents at bay. Since the 1970s, Russia has maintained a military presence in Syria, but in 2015, Vladimir Putin considerably augmented it with several thousand Russian soldiers and planes, shifting the tide of the Syrian civil war in favor of Bashar al-Assad.

Israel, an adversary of both Iran and Syria, attacks targets in Syria on a daily basis to prevent Tehran from establishing a foothold on its northeastern border. In 2018, the danger to Israeli pilots conducting these missions grew due to Russia's deployment of the advanced S-300 air-defense system to Syria.

Although ownership of the S-300 was never passed to the Syrian government, the possibility that it may be used against Israeli aircraft has been a major factor in Israel's refusal to provide military equipment to Ukraine since the Russian invasion started in February.

It is claimed that Russia has now pulled the S-300 system from Syria to reinforce its faltering invasion of Ukraine. As a result, Russian influence over Israel in Syria has been reduced, and Israeli concerns concerning Ukraine have been altered.

The question of whether or not Israel ought to provide guns to Ukraine has been brought up again in recent days in light of the significant military assistance that Iran is providing to Russia. This support comes in tandem with an increase in the number of Russian attacks on civilian targets in Ukraine. The Iron Dome, a short-range air defense system that Israel uses to intercept rockets fired from the Gaza Strip, and the Barak 8, a longer-range air defense system, are examples of the types of air defense systems that Israel uses, manufactures, and exports to Ukraine.

Nachman Shai, a member of the Israeli cabinet, said this week on social media that there is "no longer any ambiguity where Israel should stand in this deadly fight" about Iran's provision of military help to Russia. The moment has come for the United States of America and other NATO nations to provide military assistance to Ukraine.

Benny Gantz, the defense minister of Israel, issued a statement in which he stated the following: "Israel supports and stands with Ukraine, NATO, and the West; this is something we have said in the past and continue to say now."

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These factors include Russia's continued military presence in Syria, which consists of a different air defense system known as the S-400 and substantial air and naval facilities in the western part of the country. According to a senior Israeli defense official, Russia has replaced the combat forces it removed from Syria with military police officials. This is even though Russia evacuated its combat troops from Syria.

Israeli officials have voiced their fear that Iran may be able to increase its influence in Syria if Russia continues to withdraw its forces from the country.

Additionally, Israel wants to prevent any disruptions to the protocols that enable Israeli and Russian commanders to interact and avert armed combat. In 2017, a secure telephone connection was built between a Russian aviation base in western Syria and an Israeli Air Force command center underneath a Tel Aviv military installation.

Dmitri A. Medvedev, a former president of Russia and now the deputy chairman of the Russian security council, warned Israel on Monday to refrain from providing "reckless" military assistance to Ukraine. In a post on one of his social media accounts, Mr. Medvedev said, "it would ruin all interstate connections between our nations."

However, there are indications that Israel is providing more assistance to Ukraine than it did in the first few months of the conflict when its assistance to Ukraine consisted primarily of humanitarian aid and included a field hospital. During those first few months, Israel's assistance to Ukraine was limited to these areas.

According to senior Ukrainian and Israeli officials, Israel is providing Ukraine with essential intelligence regarding Iranian drones used by Russia and has also offered to examine the remains of drones that crashed in Ukraine.

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