Russia Sends Warships To Gaza Coast

Tyler Durden's picture

For the entire 8 day duration of Operation Pillar of Defense, there was one major geopolitical player who had been largely quiet and certainly absent from the scene: the same player whose unflinching position over the Syria conflict has so far prevented any intervention in the civil war torn country: Russia. The same Russia which has a military base in the Syrian port city of Tarsus, and thus in its own eyes, a very substantial "national interest" role to play in the middle east, one that is certainly opposing that of the US and the pro-NATO forces, a tension that will surely boil to the surface now that war between Iran and Israel is always at most "hours away" depending on who is asked, and which one day will be more than just a war of words. Today, Russia decided that it had kept quiet for too long over the Gaza conflict, with Voice of Russia reporting, courtesy of Al Arabiya, that Russian warships anchored off the eastern coast of the Mediterranean Sea will be put on military alertness should the conflict in Gaza escalate and brought in proximity, according Russian Navy Command source on Friday.

Sure enough, there is a diplomatic reason for the escalation: evacuation preparedness. To wit: "The detachment of combat ships of the Black Sea Fleet, including the Guards missile cruiser Moskva, the patrol ship Smetliviy, large landing ships Novocherkassk and Saratov, the sea tug MB-304 and the big sea tanker Ivan Bubnov, got the order to remain in the designated area of the Eastern part of the Mediterranean Sea for a possible evacuation of Russian citizens from the area of the Gaza strip in case of escalation of the Palestinian-Israeli conflict”, the spokesperson said. He added that ship crew members will continue routine combat training, maintenance of equipment and weapons along with other military services.

A missile cruiser, which just happens to be the flag ship of the Russian Black Sea naval fleet, and whose purpose is "to destroy hostile surface ships" in order to aid evacuation? Odd...

Naturally, only very naive people would buy this "explanation", which does nothing to mitigate the factor that Russia, too, is now implicitly involved in the Gaza conflict. How soon until China sends a few of its own warships to the region. Just in case China nationals needs evaluation too.

And if indeed evacuation is the catalyst, it may happen soon, because the tenuous cease fire between the two nations may not last long following another reflaring of hostilities between Israel and Gaza:

Hundreds of Palestinians approached the border fence Friday in several locations in southern Gaza, testing expectations Israel would no longer enforce a 300-meter-wide (300-yard-wide) no-go zone on the Palestinian side of the fence that was meant to prevent infiltrations into Israel. In the past, Israeli soldiers routinely opened fire on those who crossed into the zone.


In one incident captured by Associated Press video, several dozen Palestinians, most of them young men, approached the fence, coming close to a group of Israeli soldiers standing on the other side.


Some Palestinians briefly talked to the soldiers, while others appeared to be taunting them with chants of “God is Great” and “Mursi, Mursi,” in praise of Egyptian President Mohammed Mursi, whose mediation led to the truce.


At one point, a soldier shouted in Hebrew, “Go there, before I shoot you,” and pointed away from the fence, toward Gaza. The soldier then dropped to one knee, assuming a firing position. Eventually, a burst of automatic fire was heard, but it was not clear whether any of the casualties were from this incident.


Gaza health official Ashraf al-Kidra said a 20-year-old man was killed and 19 people were wounded by Israeli fire near the border.


Mansour, the Palestinian U.N. observer, said Israeli forces fatally shot Anwar Abdulhadi Qudaih in the head and injured at least 19 other Palestinian civilians in a border area east of Khan Younis.


During the incidents, Hamas security tried to defuse the situation and keep the crowds away from the fence.


Moussa Abu Marzouk, a top Hamas official at the ongoing negotiations in Cairo, told The Associated Press that the violence would have no effect on the ceasefire.


The crowds were mainly made up of young men but also included farmers hoping to once again farm lands in the buffer zone. Speaking by phone from the buffer zone, 19-year-old Ali Abu Taimah said he and his father were checking three acres of family land that have been fallow for several years.


“When we go to our land, we are telling the occupation (Israel) that we are not afraid at all,” he said.


Israel’s military said roughly 300 Palestinians approached the security fence at different points, tried to damage it and cross into Israel. Soldiers fired warning shots in the air, but after the Palestinians refused to move back, troops fired at their legs, the military said. A Palestinian infiltrated into Israel during the unrest, but was returned to Gaza, it said.

As we previously showed the Brent market priced in a ceasefire for about 10 minutes last week, before sending Brent to its weekly high, on the realization that the peace between Israel and Gaza is merely lip service until at least one more foreign political entity figures out some way to benefit from a re-escalation of hostilities. Only this time the Russians will be there too.

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Yen Cross's picture

 I'm beginning to think those "Mayans" were on to something...

john39's picture

mayans were expert astonomers... if you read some of their writings carefully, it appears that they were aware of this issue that NASA just stumbled upon a few years back:

of course, NASA doesn't get the big picture on this... the TPTB certainly do.

Yen Cross's picture

 Thanks for the link.

francis_sawyer's picture

Yeah ~ but the Mayans didn't know that if they all drove a Prius or a Volt, the universe would eventually be saved...

Thank God we have DC Fusor here for that...

Yen Cross's picture

 Mr. Green Energy. (Fisker Karma) collector.

NewThor's picture

Speaking of the Mayans,

I made a video of the Sun over the last month

composed of shots from the Nasa SoHo cameras,

and, if you'll notice, the Galactic Plane flashes with bright light

before almost every Coronal Mass Ejection.

.....maybe the Universe is bigger than Earth, no?

Remember, the Universe is just a big explosion exploding

with strawberries hanging from the cliffs of life.

GoinFawr's picture

You compiled that? That was fantastic! Gumption level: epic. Thank you.

Eff's picture

<Edit> @NewThor:</Edit>I watched the video, but without explanatory commentary or at least references for comparison....I don't know what to make of it. However, I suppose you wanted to make a point of something unusual. Did you?

NewThor's picture

Thank you, GF.

Yes, I edited the video, and my bandmate wrote and performed the song.

Eff. Here is a video of a side by side comparison of the Sun from 2009 and 2012.

It appears to be more than just Solar Maximum.

Funny, Solar Warming appears to be the real deal,

but you don't get Carbon Tax Credits or $100 billion dollar Green slush funds

fighting the Sun, do you?

spinone's picture

What could go wrong?


Disenchanted's picture




Oh good another 'business opportunity' for "The City" and it's satellites.

shovelhead's picture

"Quit poking me."

"Quit poking me."

"Quit poking me or you're gonna get it."


"There...I told you."

"MOM!!! He hit me ...WHAHHHHH!."

Just like the Sunday drive with the kids in the back seat.

Boeing Boy's picture

The russian navy, fearsome drinkers, that is about it..

Yen Cross's picture

The Absolute Vodka Navy...

ISEEIT's picture

I'm simply shocked! Shocked I tell you...How is it that these terribblle events unfold in such an utterly shocking manner?

Pretorian's picture

How about this one today: Iran accuses US Navy of ‘illegal acts’ in Gulf

Dawnofinsanity's picture

This will end well... Thanks for the link

Yen Cross's picture

 The Ruskies are out today!

ShrNfr's picture

"Just in case China nationals needs evaluation too." Well, some of the Chinese nationals are ok, and some aren't. [Delete this post when the typo gets fixed, if you will.]

Disenchanted's picture




If we're gonna evaluate, lets start with the neo-Israelites.

Yen Cross's picture

 Ohh give me a break! Chinese Racizm is all over the place!  Go take a bath or something<?  If you(can't) play in the fight club, start your own blog!

q99x2's picture

My bet is on Russia. They have backup within range. China has a long way to walk to get to the Meditranean coast. I wouldn't count on them yet. I did hear the US packed up and split from the Straights of H. so Israel will be left to go it alone. Maybe that is what Russia is up to. Letting Israel know that they need to think things out.

Beam Me Up Scotty's picture

Wheres the Stratfor update Tyler?  The Big E came and went, and didn't get sunk.  Now what?

Yen Cross's picture

 Time to hit the { peat bogs} for heat this winter, Western Europe...  I can hear GAZPROM closing the spigots as we speak/post<>

  Turkey Day=  Israel vs Middle east (ceasefire)...  It was good while it lasted... Thank God, I'm flying across the pacific tomorrow.

knukles's picture

Fuck 'em, let 'em freeze in the dark.
They've had 30 years + to get their own energy supplies established and make nice with Russia while the US footed the bill.

PS, You fuckers (EU) owe everybody else for subsidizing the wonderful sustainable Socialist Workers Paradise you built on our dime.

Colonial Intent's picture

I agree, most european citizens would be happy for you to shut down Fylingdales/Echelon and all your other bases here, especially happy would be the population of the UK who still have american nukes flown over their country (even tho its illegal to do so in america due to safety concerns).

Am all for the EU not relying on USA subsidies for its defence, given the poor performance of USA armed forces recently (how many decades  old was the chinese sub that got within 5NM of your carrier?), not counting iraq that was rumsfelds fault for trying to do it on the cheap.

Perhaps then the EU leaders would accept reality and make some decisions accordingly. LOL

PS, we paid lend lease and gave you our overseas bases too, ask your govt why they keep spending in europe, we are not a threat nor threatened (russia is not that stupid) so why the free cash?

"Got any gum chum?"

Börjesson's picture

Whatever else you can say about her, that is one beautiful ship. Just look at those lines!

Ricky Bobby's picture

That is the first thing I thought as well how beautiful, of course that causes some dissonance because it is a killing machine. I don't have any knowledge on the subject but if she is as lethal as she looks I wouldn't want to fuck with her.

GoinFawr's picture

two more victims of the art

Eff's picture

True. But it does not necessarily mean up-to-date or first-grade.

Another example: the imho very very beautiful Berkut


blunderdog's picture

Oh, yeah, a Russian warship on a humanitarian mission.

That's like so totally plausible.

Disenchanted's picture




Almost as plausible as a US Carrier Group spreading democracy and freedom around the world...not to mention the drones.

formadesika3's picture

Something tells me it won't meet the same fate as the USS Liberty.

All Out Of Bubblegum's picture

Correct. Israel only attacks American assets. They'd be committing suicide if they tried that false flag crap on the Russians.

surf0766's picture

I cannot believe it took until the second page before someone had false flag in the thread.  I feel better now.

mkhs's picture

Choose 300 comments displayed per page and it is still the first page.

aerofan3's picture

Well, combat wise the Israeli Navy has had an easy ride so far.

They will have all their new German built super quiet conventional submarines (possibly five) at battle stations so we will see how that will play out.

john39's picture

dreaming if you don't think the israelis have nukes on those subs... targeted at western europe and God knows where else...  sampson option, fanatics with nukes...  perfect.

muppet_master's picture

all foretold

by jack van impe ministries...of course the IMPORTANT ingredient = the TIMING was not exactly pinpointed !! this is definitely breaking news..unfortunately more so than the awesome breaking news below:




ArrestBobRubin's picture

Please tell me you just forgot the /sarc...'s picture

Jack Van Impe is a hoot.  Sunday night at 11:30 locally. Hi Rexella!

Yen Cross's picture

 I have to admit. Missile Cruiser Moskva, looks like it was " wind tunnel tested" by NASA & designed by Marcello Ghandini! (Lamborghini Father)

Rat Patrol's picture

It was a piece of shit when its keel was laid down in 19fucking 65.


Is this a joke? Maybe a nostalgia cruise from a museum fleet?


As far as modern navies go, Russia ain't shit.


This is the Gran Torino Russian Fleet? Bring it.