War Drums Beating: Bulgaria Blocks Russian Access To Its Airspace For Syria Flights

Tyler Durden's picture

On Monday we flagged a notable escalation in the build up to the geopolitical “main event” in Syria where, thanks largely to the West’s ambition to break Gazprom’s leverage over Europe, the US and Russia are one “accidental” run-in away from taking the “proxy” out of the term “proxy war.” 

With the Kremlin now ramping up its military presence around the Assad stronghold of Latakia, the US is scrambling to do anything and everything in its power to slow the Russian build up - including putting pressure on Greece to deny Russia the use of its airspace for supply flights to Syria.

This isn’t the first time Greece has found itself in the middle of Cold War 2.0, as Athens (and notably Panagiotis Lafazanis) used Greece’s geographical position to field competing gas pipeline bids from Washington and Moscow during the height of the country’s fraught bailout negotiations. 

So while we wait for Greece to pick a side between the US and Russia by either allowing Moscow to use its airspace on the way to supplying Assad or else snubbing the Kremlin and jeopardizing a potentially lucrative gas deal, at least one country has been quick to make a decision: Bulgaria...

Why, you ask? According to a spokeswoman, the Bulgarian foreign ministry has "enough information that makes [it] have serious doubts about the cargo of the planes, which is the reason for the refusal."

What's particularly amusing here is that all of the above (Greece's reluctance to immediately acquiesce to Washington's demands, Bulgaria's move to deny Russia use of its airspace, and the whole Syrian civil war) is the direct result of energy disputes. As mentioned above, Greece is being pulled between The Southern Gas Corridor and the Turkish Stream, while the South Stream debacle means Bulgaria has no reason not to side with the West. And of course the entire crisis in Syria all comes down the proposed Qatar-Turkey line.

So once again, it all comes down to natural gas and if the conflict in Syria has taught us anything so far, it's that when it comes to energy, the world's most powerful nations are willing to sacrifice hundreds of thousands of lives to protect their interests.  

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AlaricBalth's picture

Cry Havoc, and let slip the dogs of war!

COSMOS's picture

Putin is just showing the citizens of the EU how their politicians are someone elses lap dogs.

Obviously Russia can help with the refugee problem by helping get rid of ISIS but strangely the USA and NATO dont want that.

Funny how with all the NATO bombings, ISIS still makes headway.  The citizens of the EU have had it with the refugee problem and they are seeing it for what it is, an intentional policy of NATO and the EU politicians.


LawsofPhysics's picture

Yes, ISIS grew out of CIA/American/NATO-backed "rebels" and is now the current excuse for MORE military spending by bankrupt western governments.  It's a jobs program.  Russia simply wants to "employ" some of their MIC companies/people.

Fair enough, I guess.


Latina Lover's picture

Doesn't really matter except to the refugees who will be denied more immediate aid.

Russia will continue to transport weapons via ship, and can overfly other nations.  As for Bulgaria,

they fucked themselves completely when it comes to Southstream. Any of their happy talk about Russia returning is revealed in its falsity.

Paveway IV's picture

This whole "MSM Discovers Refugee Crisis" then the "Russians Invade Syria"

Yeah, fuck you ZATO. You don't even try to be clever anymore.

While another engineered humanitarian crisis is underway in Yemen, the Libyan, Egyptian, Iraqi and Syrian ones are playing out right on schedule. 

At least we'll get treated to the downfall of that little bitch Erdogan and eventually the House of Saud. Not sure if it will be worth it with all the lives that will be lost, but I'll damn sure hoist a beer to the demise of those two.

Nage42's picture

What would happen if Putin announced to the world that Russia was adopting whole-cloth the USA Constitution of representitive democracy.


They'd phase it in over 10 years, building up to a full democratic federation of states, and in complete contrast to the USA, they'd actually stick to the consitution and give equal and individual rights to the people...


What would happen?

How could the US war machine spin that?  Wouldn't that be interesting?


Cause my guess is that in Russia, the people have more actual rights and freedoms that the peeps in the USA do no (i'm not talking about 'on paper,' I'm talking about in reality).



eforce's picture

IIRC the globalists will not be duplicating the US, it was a one off to build up the NWO.

Representative government is not on the menu, they see it as flawed system, they'd know, they're the ones that exploit it.

Pliskin's picture

'...but I'll damn sure hoist a beer to the demise of those two..'

A beer?  Fuck that, I've got a lovely bottle of XO I've been saving for just that moment.  You're welcome round to drink it with me and we'll watch Erdogan and the House of Saud being butt-fucked with swords on youtube.

Actually, having read that last sentence, that sounds a bit gay, sorry Paveway, I rescind my offer.


Paveway IV's picture

Not as gay as the title for this very ZH article:

"War Drums Beating: Bulgaria Blocks Russian Access To Its Airspace For Syria Flights"

I didn't want to sound too ignorant, but the first thing I though of is WTF? Why would Russia fly over Bulgaria to get to Syria? Lo and behold, the evil Ruskies have outfoxed ZATO by not really ever using Bulgaria (or Greece, for that matter):

Russians: We're Not Using the Bulgaria Route to Syria Anyway

MOSCOW, September 8 (TASS) - Bulgaria’s decision to close its airspace for Russian planes carrying humanitarian aid for Syria does not matter much since Russia mostly uses other routes, Federation Council’s International Affairs Committee deputy chairman Vladimir Dzhabarov told TASS on Tuesday.


Since most Russian planes fly to Syria over the Caucasus and Iran, the closed airspace over Bulgaria and Greece will not have a significant meaning for Russia, he noted. “In general, yesterday’s statement on Greece arose a kind of a smile because everyone knows that Russian planes have been bypassing Ukraine, so that is why it is impossible to fly over Greece on any occasion. Planes heading for the Middle East follow the route Moscow-Transcaucasia-Turkey-Iran, and you cannot get there through Greece,” Dzhabarov said.


"...Russians are saying this is bad for relations, but claim they're only flying to Syria via Turkey anyway..."

So my American missing-geography-chromosome OR the years of indulging in heroin and crack hasn't impaired me on geospatial reconning for this one.

Geo Tip of the Day: Bulgaria isn't between Russia and Syria.

I am SO GLAD the world ends on the 23rd. Or 24th. or 26th... or whenever pissed-off Jesus comes back to lay waste to ZATO, the Gulf States and Turkey. I think he likes the Rojava Kurds, so they'll be OK. And Greenland - Jesus likes them.

lolmao500's picture

Using Iran, they have to go over Iraq, Armenia and Azerbaijan... Murica could put pressure on Iraq/Azerbaijan to stop those flights too, it's not over.

post turtle saver's picture

well, it's too bad that the *Ukraine* holds all their former shipyards, or you know they could get around that little problem by building a carrier task force group, or something...


Professor Fate's picture

Bulgaria's airforce has about 30 aircraft.  And...where do you suppose they were manufactured?  Whoops...there goes your spare parts.

Fate the Magnificent
"Push the Button, Max" 

Latina Lover's picture

Hey Turtle Brain


have you been lately to the Ukie shipyards?  All of them have been asset stripped, with anything valuable long gone and sold as scrap. What is left has not been modernized since the 1980's.

Miketheterrible's picture

The article is bs, even without having to click it and read it.  Russias most prominant shipyard is the St.petersburg shipyard and Amur shipyard.  They are building various project ships.  Mind you, I dont disagree that they need to modernize it and build more of the same ships, but there has been talk of the Rus navy falling apart for decades.  Gorshkov class frigates, Grigorovich class Frigates, Steregushy Corvettes, etc are all being built.  Borei ssbm's, new improved Kilo subs, etc are all being made.  There are of course other type of ships too.


And yes, they been sending them to Syria.  Calltd "Syria Express".  Look it up if you care to know more.

Latina Lover's picture

Turtle brain is just another dumb ass ukie troll, living in a fantasy propaganda world.

Russia has shipyards, and can build what she needs. More importantly, Russia is not an offensive naval power, unlike the USSA, so does not need a large blue water navy. Nor, with the development of 'carrier killer' missiles, does she need to waste trillions building useless ships that will disappear within 30 minutes of a global war.

BarkingCat's picture

30 minutes? What an optimist.
I doubt that they will float that long...unless they are very far away from any action.

where_is the_nuke's picture

Theweek? It would have been beeter if you had pulled some shit from ictoria Nuland's ass.

cheech_wizard's picture


Standard Disclaimer: Even the dumbest cook aboard a sub has a higher iq than you.

Sanity Bear's picture

The truth is that ISIS isn't the cause of the "refugee" invasion - Saudi Arabia is.

Ignatius's picture

Something rarely heard in a nuclear conflict:  "Hah, you missed!"

This is just an hypothesis.

Haus-Targaryen's picture

We are all so fucked. 

pods's picture

As soon as the first unit of currency was loaned into existence (with attached interest) we were fucked.


Haus-Targaryen's picture

No not fucked in the bankruptcy since of fucked, but fucked in terms of "I don'T see a way out except complete and total war" since of fucked.  

My thoughts on previous world leaders looking at the past 100 years have changed more in the past 2 weeks than I could have ever imagined.  

Can anyone else "feel" something is about to break -- or is it just me? 

pods's picture

It's probably just gas. :)

In all seriousness, it might be just about to go to hell and things start exploding. Might not.

I have no control one way or the other so I focus on other things.  I do think there will be a debt diet pretty soon (deflation) as there is just too much debt to keep propped up.

Will it take down a currency?  idk.  I don't think that proxy wars for energy/debt are going to mushroom into full blown World War though.

They have a new (debt) currency just waiting in the wings when one goes pop though. They have to. This is the absolute greatest swindle in the history of the world.  There is no way they want to simply let it die.

And the people will clamor for it when it comes. Mark my words.


lincolnsteffens's picture

Yes, and the Pope will undoubtedly lay it all out in his orders to US Congress and UN when he comes to "visit".

TeamDepends's picture

Absolutely it is. We have said, as have many others, that it begins in September. Watch for US stocks to implode on Monday (9/14), with events accelerating into 9/22-9/24. Not saying the world will end, but the beginning of it will be clear for all to see. If you haven't completed 99.9% of your prepping, why?

Haus-Targaryen's picture


3 weeks of supplies & water at home.  I live in 600 square feet.  I don't think I can manage much more in my little attic.  


Chupacabra-322's picture

WWIII is already being fought covertly. Soon enough, it will be fought openly.

Brit_Abroad's picture

If you can make it to the Rhein-Main Gebiet and can use a gun you are welcome to come. i have enough for you

Haus-Targaryen's picture

I am very proficient with my AK.  I think 3 weeks would be enough for Germany, and I am in FFM so RM isn't that far away.  Good to know similarly thinking people are in the area.  

Haus-Targaryen's picture


Schön.  Ich bin direkt in der nähe von B.HB.  

Brit_Abroad's picture

Yup.:-) Lust auf ein Bier irgendwann ? Muss nächste Woche nach Amiland, hoffentlich komme ich heil wieder !!!!

Brit_Abroad's picture

It's short for Frankfurt am Main

Sparkey's picture

"Can anyone else "feel" something is about to break -- or is it just me? "

We apprehend the World in two ways Haus-Targaryen, Rationally, which since we can convince ourselves, or be convinved of anything, is always suspect, or instinctually, instinct is exclusively in the service of survival, trust your instincts!

BarkingCat's picture

I feel it too.
When it is over the world will look quite different.
World War One was also such a turning point.
That was saw 2 old world powers disappear.
After it was over the Ottoman Empire and the Austria-Hungarian Empire gone.

Yttrium Gold Nitrogen's picture

The flights will go across Iranian airspace. I think that was the plan all along, Moscow asked for permission just to see who and how is going to react to it.

SWRichmond's picture

And then where, over the largely uncontrolled areas in northern Iraq?

I've been saying for years Putin needs to complete the land bridge to Iran via Georgia and Azerbaijan, taking control of the Caucasus oil fields, the port of Baku, and then he will sit astride nearly all existing paths of energy flow from east to west.  This is why he will NEVER give up Sevastopol, or Iran, and I'd be shocked as hell if he allowed Syria to go.  It is why Turkey has always had my interest, and why it is in play and will remain so.




Yttrium Gold Nitrogen's picture

Here's a link to an Iranian press.tv site with more details:
Russia to bypass Greek airspace for aid flights to Syria: Report

Moscow has reacted to the US demand, saying that it could use alternative air routes for accomplishing its humanitarian missions to Syria. First Deputy Head of the International Committee of the Russian Federation Council Vladimir Jabbarov said on Monday that countries like Iran, Turkey and Central Asian states are ready to assist Russia in this regard.

Sanity Bear's picture

Kurds have no reason to fuck with the Russians, so there's the air route into Syria.

BarkingCat's picture

Kurds have a very good reason to give permission to Russia.
They are fighting ISIS and can only benefit from Russian involvement.

pazmaker's picture

your right...and it will be Russia allied with Iran to confront Saudi Arabia Turkey and Israel(USA)  Maybe the Chinese side in with Russia or go for sloppy seconds.

Urban Redneck's picture

Russia gets Iran and China gets Saudi Arabia once the US is no longer king of the sandbox.  

Unfortunately, for Americans, the perverted relationship between Washington and Tel Aviv will be allowed to continue...

Zwelgje's picture

"Never bother your enemy when the fucker is making mistakes."

-some French dude

Urban Redneck's picture

Damn, I've spent way too much time here over the years...

2 decembre 1805 08:25 CET - right flank rope a dope in the morning mist (as opposed to the dawn's early light)...

--Crazy Corsican Sun Tsu in re taking the Pratzen Heights at Austerlitz

it's amazing what they don't bother to tell you at Wikipedia (since I couldn't remember the precise time) or in modern textbooks, or perhaps it's the lack of memorization drills and teachers who can cane their students for failure - and I'm not even 50 years old yet... so it's not that long ago

(the entire euro ZH crowd must have started happy hour early again)

YuShun's picture

The borders of Iran & Syria are about 140 miles apart.
The flights would have to cross Iraq as well. 

Yttrium Gold Nitrogen's picture

I know. Iraq borders Turkey to the north. It's almost a straight line, flying over it would cause incursion into both Iraqi and Turkish airspace. I doubt any of the countries mentioned would engage an airplane so close to the border. Then, perhaps there are agreements we do not know anything about. It's risky, but beyond few diplomatic notes, I do not think it would cause a major scandal, especially if both countries deliberately choose to look the other way at a specific moment. It's not like they are going to fly with their ADS-B transponders turned on, so you can track them realtime on flightradar.