In Major Escalation, Washington Demands Greece Blocks Its Airspace For Russian Flights To Syria

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Last week, when reporting that at least according to the White House,Russian presence in Syria is no longer disputed, we said that regardless if Russian troops are indeed on the Syrian ground, this admission that the current Syrian state of play "effectively ends the second "foreplay" phase of the Syrian proxy war (the first one took place in the summer of 2013 when in a repeat situation, Russia was supporting Assad only the escalations took place in the naval theater with both Russian and US cruisers within kilometers of each other off the Syrian coast), which means the violent escalation phase is next. It also means that Assad was within days of losing control fighting a multi-front war with enemies supported by the US, Turkey and Saudi Arabia, and Putin had no choice but to intervene or else risk losing Gazprom's influence over Europe to the infamous Qatari gas pipeline which is what this whole 3 years war is all about."

Moments ago, following ever louder hints - if still unconfirmed by the Kremlin - that Russian forces are either en route to Syria or already there (Russian soldier's VK post stating troops are in Syria, intercepted communication from a Russian An-124 military cargo plane en route to Latakia, Russian Roll-on/roll-off ship allegedly carrying military equipment to Syria), the US made a dramatic diplomatic escalation ahead of what is now assured to be the second major showdown between the US and Russia in Syria, over a Qatari gas pipeline no less, when according to Reuters, it asked Greece to deny Russia the use of its airspace for supply flights to Syria, a Greek official said on Monday, after Washington told Moscow it was deeply concerned by reports of a Russian military build up in Syria.

Reuters also notes that the Greek foreign ministry said the request was being examined. "Russian newswire RIA Novosti earlier said Greece had refused the U.S. request, quoting a diplomatic source as saying that Russia was seeking permission to run the flights up to Sept. 24."

We very much doubt Athens will refuse to comply with western (either US or European) demands: now that Greece is officially a European debt colony with permanent capital controls, and deposits whose evaporation is merely a function of Brussels (and Frankfurt's) good will, what the "democratic powers" demand - if only from Greece - the "democratic powers" get, which is why we are confident that within 48 hours Greece will fully roll over and make it clear to Putin that all Russian military flights will have to be diverted going forward.

We have previously explained the state of play, which Reuters summarizes as follows:

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry told his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov on Saturday that if reports of the build-up were accurate, that could further escalate the war and risk confrontation with the U.S.-led alliance that is bombing Islamic State in Syria.


Lavrov told Kerry it was premature to talk about Russia's participation in military operations in Syria, a Russian foreign ministry spokeswoman told RIA Novosti on Monday.


Lavrov confirmed Russia had always provided supplies of military equipment to Syria, saying Moscow "has never concealed that it delivers military equipment to official Syrian authorities with the aim of combating terrorism".


Russia has been a vital ally of President Bashar al-Assad throughout the war that has fractured Syria into a patchwork of areas controlled by rival armed groups, including Islamic State, leaving the government in control of much of the west.


Foreign states are already deeply involved in the war that has killed a quarter of a million people. While Russia and Iran have backed Assad, rebel groups seeking to oust him have received support from governments including the United States, Saudi Arabia and Turkey.


The Syrian army and allied militia have lost significant amounts of territory to insurgents this year. Assad said in July the Syrian army faced a manpower problem.

Still, the simplest confirmation and the proof that the Syrian intervention was never about ISIS (which from day one was a US creation designed to remove Assad from power), is that Russia has been trying to build a wide coalition including Damascus to fight Islamic State.

But the idea has been rejected by enemies including the United States and Saudi Arabia, who see Assad as part of the problem.

But wait a minute, the only reason Assad is on the verge of losing control is because of ISIS which earlier today was reported to have captured a key Syrian oil field near the city of Palmyra. It appears that only when it comes to affairs involving ISIS, the enemy of America's enemy is double its enemy.

Then again, once one realizes that ISIS was from day one nothing but window dressing for a mythical opponent created in Hollywood, and designed to spook the masses into providing the media cover for what is shaping as an inevitable western intervention in Syria, and that the real enemy was none other than the same Assad who in the summer of 2013 was shown on a fabricated YouTube clip to have gassed his population in another transparent attempt to rally the population around the offensive war flag, then all falls into place.

Meanwhile, what we first reported is quietly but rapidly taking place behind the scenes: Russia is preparing for what appears to be the latest inevitable proxy war: one which will pit Syria (with Russian support, on and off the ground) against ISIS, the "moderate Syrian rebels", and various Turkish forces (with US support, on and off the ground).

From Reuters:

A senior U.S. official told Reuters on Saturday that U.S. authorities have detected "worrisome preparatory steps," including transport of prefabricated housing units for hundreds of people to a Syrian airfield, that could signal that Russia is preparing to deploy heavy military assets there.


The official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said Moscow's exact intentions remained unclear but that Kerry called Lavrov to leave no doubt about the U.S. position.


A Syrian military official has said Syrian-Russian military relations have witnessed a "big shift" in recent weeks.

 A Lebanese newspaper reported on Monday that Russian military experts who arrived in Syria weeks ago have been inspecting air bases and working to enlarge some runways, particularly in the north, though Moscow had yet to meet a Syrian request for attack helicopters.


As-Safir, citing a Syrian source, said there had been "no fundamental change" in Russian forces on the ground in Syria, saying they were "still operating in the framework of experts, advisers, and trainers".

Well would you look at that: the US is not the only country that can send military "instructors", "consultants" and "trainers" to a distant country to prepare the locals for war.

As-Safir said the Russians had "started moving toward a qualitative initiative in the armament relationship for the first time since the start of the war on Syria, with a team of Russian experts beginning to inspect Syrian military airports weeks ago, and they are working to expand some of their runways, particularly in the north of Syria."


The newspaper, which is well-connected in Damascus, said nothing had been decided about "the nature of the weapons that Damascus might receive, though the Syrians asked to be supplied with more than 20 Russian attack helicopters, of the Mi-28 type".

Bottom line: the battle lines are now fully drawn and the only question, just like in the case of the Greek near-default, is who gets the blame: if the western full court media press to represent Syria as colluding with Putin - when in reality Assad's forces were about collapse under relentless US pressure, which with the help of ISIS, meant from day one to remove the Syrian president from power and replace him with a pro-US puppet, one who would allow the passage of the Qatari gas pipeline - succeeds, then the media spin is already prepared. It will mean that the imminent invasion in Syria by US and European powers will be portrayed as another escalation involving Russia, just like in 2013 and 2014.

And yes, we said Europe because as France's president pivoted earlier today, Europe's refuge crisis is about to be portrayed as the responsibility of Assad (but apparently not of the Western powers whose intervention in Syria has led to the country being torn by a bloody civil war), and as a result France is now preparing to bomb Syria to retaliate for a tragic refugee crisis, that has been years in the making not without Washington's, or CIA's, blessing. In other words, just like the fabricated "chemical attack" youtube clips of 2013 were the media pretext to attack Syria, so Europe's great refugee crisis of 2015 will be the catalyst for the second attempt to remove Assad from pwoer.

On the other hand, Russia will deny any involvement in Syria, a la Crimea, even as its troops are positioned deep inside Syrian territory in preparation for what will soon be the latest mid-east proxy war.

None of the above, however, should not detract from the seriousness of the situation: suddenly Syria is months if not weeks or even days away from a repeat of the summer of 2013 which some may have forgotten, but on several occasions the US and Russia were this close from launching another world war.

Which is also why while we appreciate the impact of China's economic hard landing on the price of oil, should the upcoming conflict, which now seems inevitable, spark a metaphorical (or literal) fire in, say, Saudi's Ghawar oil fields - an outcome Putin would be delighted by - then oil may be poised for substantial upside from here.

This is what we said last week:

Finally, while we have no way of knowing how the upcoming armed conflict will progress, now may be a safe time to take profits on that oil short we recommended back in October, as the geopolitical chess game just shifted dramatically, and with most hedge funds aggressively short, any realization that the middle east is suddenly a far more violent powderkeg - one which may promptly include the Saudis in any confrontation - could result in an epic short squeeze.

With every day that we get closer to the all-out Syrian war, said squeeze becomes virtually assured.

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buzzsaw99's picture

usa mic generals are jizzin' all ova zee place bitchez!

bigkahuna's picture

The ones who get kick backs from the mic are. The ones who actually have to lead this thing are changing their drawers.

DetectiveStern's picture

How do the West manage to spin that Putin fighting ISIS is a bad thing after all the propaganda saying we need to invade Syria becuase of ISIS. The sheep are far more likely to hate the browm muslims than the white Russians when Obama explains we need to kill the Russians so that we can kill ISIS instead of Russia killing them...

Putin played this like a boss.

Flagit's picture


And people wonder why I can't hold a conversation for more than 5 minutes without screaming how there is NO end to the bullshit. The machine is in overdrive, hyper-drive, and makes FTL look like a tortoise.


Anyone who voices their opinion is marginalized and cast of as a kook. If Martians were to suddenly descend from outer-space and declare the Russians intergalactic criminals....oh fuck-it, i give up.

DetectiveStern's picture

he censorship appearing on UK based newspapers is astonishing. Any time I mention Saudi Arabia, Qatar and the US funding ISIS the comment gets removed.

conscious being's picture

UK = Orwellian police state. The money-powers ate them.

pot_and_kettle's picture

When in a complex struggle and you realize you're up against a drooling retard, sometimes best thing to do is break out lawn chairs and pop corn while watching said retard hang himself as he's humping a football...

Dickweed Wang's picture

Last week, when reporting that at least according to the White House . .

Now we know that they would never lie, particularly about anything to do with Russia, right???  Give me a break!!!  This is the same group of clowns whose State Department spokesman recently had the audacity to stand up in front of reporters and say that the demonstrations at the Maidan in Ukraine in February of 2014 were "mostly peaceful" and then refused to respond to the reporter from RT when she was trying to ask "Did you see the videos of the "protesters" repeatedly throwing Molotov cocktails or attacking the police?". 

22winmag's picture

Newsflash: After allowing financial criminals to rape Greece and get away with it, the D.C. Empire demands military compliance from Greece (and a reacharound).

Pure Evil's picture

Always the reacharound.

Everytime I try to pull out they pull me back in with the reacharound.

Obama 2012

ebworthen's picture

"Say, uh, listen...we know we let Goldman Sachs, the Wall Street Warlocks and the Brussels Bandits bend you over with generational theft and loss of sovereignty along with a flood of Muslim illegal immigrants but won't you please forget that you fought the Nazi's alongside Russia and tell them they can't use your airspace to protect Christians in Syria?"

gwar5's picture

Greece has every reason to tell Uncle Sam to just, "Fuck Off!"

Albertarocks's picture

And I'll bet that 90% of Americans who even become aware of this request hope they do.

Winston Churchill's picture

I;m seeing an unscheduled SCO meeting in the near future,

India,Pakistan and Iran will be elevated to full membersip at it, and overflight

access to Syria will be moot at that point.

Right after the clock runs out o Congress voting on the Iran deal.

Tick tock on any side deal selling oil for petrollars.

Mate in three moves.Watch out for flying pieces.

Salah's picture

Russia has figured out why the US Military is so damn good: LFTE

"Live Fire Training Exercises"

in our protocols its called "war", "actual combat", "armed insurgency", "hostile engagement"

What every military worldwide craves like a drug or pussy, but the USA gets the most....

Bernoulli's picture

Looking at everything that is going on at the moment in the world, calling the financial "markets" a house of cards is an insult. To every decent house of cards.

PS: Could everybody please stop waging wars for a moment? Don't we have enough other problems to be solved? Jeez....

o r c k's picture

But if we're talking about war we're not talking about the economy.

Winston Churchill's picture

You think they aren't intertwined like a ghordian knot ?

Sanity Bear's picture

I would not at all rule out the possibility that Greece tells Obama to take a hike. Russian good will is rather vital to them at this point.

Arbeit_Macht_Frei's picture

The Greeks are a disgrace to their ancestors. Fat hairy greasy faggots the lot of them. Hope the get occupied by Turkey and end in a multi-generational gulag.

Pure Evil's picture

My bet is is that is exactly what the US wants too.

Can't have an old fashioned war without all the chess pieces in place.

Could be the idiots in D.C. want to test out technologies between us and them to see who has the edge.

More to the point they want a war in Europe and this is the starting point.

Expect offensive moves by the Ukrainians in the coming months to test Russia's ability to fight a two theater war.

Of course it could backfire if the Chinese see this as an opportunity to invade Taiwan while using NK as a distraction.

If its a world war the neocons want they may just get more than they can handle.

Mr.BlingBling's picture

My bet is that it happens in about a week, when Vlad's at the UN for his speech.  The Ukrainians don't have much more time before the weather turns muddy.

Ides of November's picture

In any major power conflcit the Koreas blows up immediately, so does Taiwan, and then you can pull in all the US allies in Asia at the same time.

It ain't long before the nukes are flying - likely a matter of weeks.

conscious being's picture

News Flash - The Koreas are getting along. Everyone's appologizing. Maybe they saw where this is going?

AlfredNeumann's picture
AlfredNeumann (not verified) Sep 7, 2015 3:47 PM

Bullying. thats all the USA knows how to do.

But bullies ALWAYS get their comeuppance.  Thats an ABSOLUTE

delete entry's picture

what about watching tv, shopping and posting garbage on the net?

AlfredNeumann's picture
AlfredNeumann (not verified) delete entry Sep 7, 2015 4:04 PM

I should say  USA govt.  

AlfredNeumann's picture
AlfredNeumann (not verified) AlfredNeumann Sep 7, 2015 3:57 PM

One bully disagrees.   

AlfredNeumann's picture
AlfredNeumann (not verified) Sep 7, 2015 3:49 PM

USA is getting nervous that their ISIS troops in Syria might be defeated by Russia.

Flagit's picture


USA is getting nervous that their ISIS troops in Syria might be defeated by Russia.


What makes this different from Afghanistan 79'?

It's Russian troops vs. USA supported desert rats once again.


Not trolling....what's different this time?

delete entry's picture

this time Russia defending a base and not invading a huge mountainous region.

Winston Churchill's picture

Syrians are not Afghani's for one and the terrain is much better suited for the Russian

tactics of mass and destroy.Was never going to work in the Kush.The Soviets were goaded

into that misadventure.I don't think Putin can be judging by Ukraine.Which makes me

wonder why he's getting involved in Syria now, Its a delaying stategy, or he has something

much bigger up his sleeve.The bottom line is Assad is disposable if required, so why the change of

heart ?

conscious being's picture

Wrong Winny. Assad is not desposable. He's the glue that keeps it all together. Without Assad, if the choice is to be ruled by the wingnut jihadis or leave, millions will leave.

GooseShtepping Moron's picture

That was Soviet Russia in the waning days of its pathology. Putin's Russia is nationalist and realist, having thrown off the pathology.

Communism was to Russia as the banksters are to the United States. I suspect that Russia is as better able to take care of business now as America would be if we could shed our own cultural perversities.

Infinite QE's picture

"Communism was to Russia as the banksters are to the United States". Precisely. The same zio overlords.

Arbeit_Macht_Frei's picture

I work for a U.S. Company and for the most part the yanks are pretty harmless although a bit behind the door but I'd love to see the U.S. Military get an absolute kicking, it's well overdue.

chunga's picture

So much today is nothing moar than a CONfidence game for example reserve currency, petro-dollar. The MIC suffering a defeat would be a huge blow so expect the craziest most dangerous acts to prevent that. MSM would cover that shit up for sure like claim that US jets have completed succesful missions knocking out S-300 missiles by crashing into them.

Pure Evil's picture

Still smarting over losing both WWI and WWII I see.

AlfredNeumann's picture
AlfredNeumann (not verified) Pure Evil Sep 7, 2015 4:16 PM

Thanks to Russia or you might be speaking German

Pure Evil's picture

I am speaking a form of German.

AngloSaxon aint called that way cause all dem volk be Welsh.

Where did the Saxon part come from?

Learn some history. The brits were subjected first by the Romans, then the Saxons, then the Normans, then the Vikings, and then, well, almost the Germans again.

Well anyway, English has a lot of its roots in German, whada ya know, ja learned someding today, ja?

And, unbeknownst to you a large majority of the population in the US is of German ancestry.

conscious being's picture

- Learn some history. The brits were subjected first by the Romans, ...

Where do the conqueroring Rothchild Zionists appear in your story? Why leave them out, PureEvil? You're not a Zino-ideologue are you, PureEvil? They do own the place now and have for centuries. What an appropriate handle you have chosen for yourself. Congrats.

And fwiw, the Vikings showed up long before the Normans aka Latanized Vikings

Savyindallas's picture

Baloney  -Russia under Stalin is 100% opposite of Russia under Putin. We were flat wrong to ally with the evil Stalin and Bolsheviks against germany. The caricature of Hitler and the Nazis that everybody spouts is complete bullshit. Stalin , Churchill and Roosevelt (and Truman) killed far more inncents than Hitler did  -even if you believe the holohoax and the fraudulent numbers of dead  -pure, unadulterated lies. Amazing how so many have been conned for so long. We are now lead by the true "nazis"   -actually we need a better word for this slur, as the germans in WW2 were far more honorable than the Zio-dominated Western powers.

BarkingCat's picture

Stalin was the leader of the Soviet Union not Russia, and he was not Russian.
Germans were evil as hell so don't try to rewrite history. Just because one the Soviet Union was equally evil does not make Germany saints.
As far as Allies bombing German cities and killing civilians- it is called a fucking war. That is what was is and not this sanitised crap that you have been fed by modern press.

johnlocke445's picture

Go ahead France. Go ahead and bomb Assad now! You'll see the full wrath of of Russian fighters waiting for you. Hollande is a little French sissy boy.

khnum's picture

The US government has asked my country to supply planes to bomb 'isis' in Syria,Syria has not invited us there,nor is there any UN chater to be there,my country is about to become a war criminal and one that could have a confrontation with Russia.Yes the USA saved us in WW2 but do you remain indebted to something that has obviously gone insane.

Pure Evil's picture

Either do as you're told or we'll export our degenerate culture to your country.

How would you like nonstop 24 hours of the "Transgender Hour of Power Show: The Caitlyn Story" on all your TV channels.

khnum's picture

we get Jerry Springer and Celebrity rehab thats enough thankyou

Pure Evil's picture

Vwe know vwhat's goovd for you.

More chimp outs, more LBGT agenda, more wealth destruction.

Youv will take it and youv will like it.

AlfredNeumann's picture
AlfredNeumann (not verified) Sep 7, 2015 3:53 PM

I don't know , the so called ''muslim'' refugees we took in from Syria and Eritrea are all wearing modern clothes. The girls are wearing makeup and skirts and dancing in the discos.  They love it here.

Probably  because their Muslim parents are DEAD.

nmewn's picture

Evening Al, have you poisoned any yids today?