Russia provokes US with military intervention in Syria

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Russia's President Vladimir Putin speaks at a news conference after the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) summit in Ufa, Russia, July 10, 2015. Reuters/Sergei Karpukhin

Russian President Vladimir Putin is believed to be showcasing the world, particularly the West, its military might with attacks on Syria. Moscow has been sending advanced warplanes and submarine-launched cruise missiles to intervene in the Syrian region.
 
According to The Telegraph, Britain and America are the only two countries known and proven to have capabilities of aiming at land targets through submarine missiles. It was not until Tuesday that Russia decided to display its military power. Moscow apparently became part of the elite club after a salvo of missiles emerged from the water and soared across the sky. The report further said that the Kilo-class submarine, along with its cruise missiles, is evidently Putin's way of telling the world that Russia's military prowess is at par.
 
Moscow has been deploying never been used advanced warplanes while some of the best Russian army tanks have been spotted on the ground. However, it is also important to note that the Syrian rebels have no access to advanced weaponry, which makes no sense for Russia to use such heavy arsenal.
 
Many believe that Russia is digging for the long haul in Syria. Russian defence ministry is slowly amping its military strength in the country. The gradual expansion of Moscow's military force reveals its ultimate goal in Syria is to prevent further trouble for President Bashar al-Assad, analysts told Defense News.
 
“Some kind of enlargement of the Russian contingent was almost inevitable from the beginning, but the pace of enlargement is a matter of interpretation … many experts said that from the beginning it was not enough,” explained Ruslan Pukhov who is a member of the Defence Ministry's public advisory board.
 
“War has its own dynamics,”  said Pukhov. “Things on the ground are not going well — Assad's Army is tired, the Iranians are not very skilled and the rebels they are fighting are quite experienced. If Assad's forces would have been more successful, probably there would be no need.”
 
However, other world officials warn that Russia's acts in the region will have a deterrent effect in the future. The display of military force will get NATO's attention.
 
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