The recent visit of the Russian Defense Minister to the Russian “Hmeimim” base in Syria has once again highlighted the importance of that place.
She confirmed everything that was previously raised about her that she has become the focal point of the dispute between Moscow and NATO, especially after receiving the most dangerous planes and missiles.
Russian Minister Sergei Shoigu arrived to supervise the largest Russian maneuvers in the Mediterranean from Syria, on a visit that coincided with NATO naval exercises in the Mediterranean as well.
Syria vs Ukraine?!
However, leaks reported by regime media outlets in Syria indicated that this visit came after Moscow rejected an American offer to “swap Syria for Ukraine.”
According to reports, this is the first time that the role of Hmeimim, whose importance has always been noted by specialists, in the global political game has emerged from Syria.
During his meeting with Assad, Shoigu linked the situation in Ukraine to the Syrian front, stressing that the timing of the maneuvers is actually in line with the recent tensions on the Ukrainian front.
Russia withdrew some of its forces from eastern Ukraine and responded with a massive military parade in western Syria.
Russia has worked for weeks to completely distance Iran from the ports of Tartus and Latakia, and to impose full control over them, and even to link them to the Crimean port, thus achieving its dream and reaching warm waters with the full approval of the Syrian regime, according to a report by the Asharq Al-Awsat newspaper.
It also turned a blind eye to the Israeli raids against Iranian sites in Syria, which were taking place with its approval. Tel Aviv responded to it by refraining from selling Kiev the “Iron Dome” system, for fear of Russian anger that would tie its hands in pursuit of Tehran’s interests in Syria.
and no longer Hmeimim base It is only linked to the “war on terror” there, but its role far exceeded that to be a military spearhead in the Mediterranean basin and the international clash between Moscow and NATO.
Even the US military presence in eastern Syria is no longer just for the ISIS war, but has become more linked to the “Ukrainian front.”
What is happening also explains the “hostile cooperation” between Moscow and Ankara in Syria and Ukraine, as Putin seeks, in his relationship with Turkey and his concessions to it, in northwestern Syria to disrupt the cohesion of NATO, which was considered the Incirlik base, south of Turkey mainly, while Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan expands his options by purchasing the “S” system. 400″ from Moscow and Kiev’s sale of “Bayraktar” rallies, establishing strategic relations with it and refusing to recognize the annexation of Crimea, according to a report quoted by “Al-Sharq al-Awsat” newspaper.
It is noteworthy that the Hmeimim base had become Russian since the military intervention at the end of 2015, and after the regime signed a military agreement with Moscow for an open establishment there, exactly a year after the Ukraine crisis, the escape of former President Viktor Yanukovych, and Moscow’s annexation of the Crimea in 2014.
Perhaps that date was the meeting point between the two crises.
The Russian show in Hmeimim two days ago included the MiG-31-K fighter, the hypersonic Kinzhal missiles, the Tu-22M3 launcher, and its KH-22 hypersonic and anti-ship missiles, 140 naval pieces, 60 aircraft and 15 A ship, among 1,000 vehicles and 10,000 soldiers, in the Mediterranean exercises, according to Russian official data.