Moscow Sets up Russian Golan Brigade, Warns Israel against Syrian Sunnis
DEBKA 10 June 2013
Moscow is determined to position Russian troops on the divided Golan as
part of the UN force policing the separation sector because, said the
Russian lawmaker Aleksey Pushkov Monday, June 10, "we cannot exclude...
large-scale Syrian-Israel action."
He warned that if Assad was replaced by radical Islamists, he would seem
like "an angel from heaven." He said, "The people who are now offering
friendship to Israel would not necessarily see Israel as their partner
when they come to power, rather they would see it as an enemy," Vladimir
Shamanov, Russian Airborne Troops chief, disclosed that a new brigade,
dubbed "a peacekeeping unit," had set up for the Golan and armed with
MI-24 combat helicopters. Failing UN sponsorships, Moscow would extend
the aegis of the
Russian-Asian CSTO pact against terrorism.
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