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Updated: February 16, 2012 23:36 IST

Attack on Iran not far off, says Russian General

Vladimir Radyuhin
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General Nikolai Makarov, head of the Russian General Staff said that Iran was capable of giving “a sharp repulse” to the attack. File photo
AP General Nikolai Makarov, head of the Russian General Staff said that Iran was capable of giving “a sharp repulse” to the attack. File photo

As tensions continue to build up over Iran’s nuclear programme, the Russian military is bracing for a possible spill over of a large-scale conflict into Russia’s southern regions.

Russia’s highest ranking military officer has warned of a possible attack against Iran in the next few months.

“Iran, of course, is a sore spot. I think some kind of decision [to attack it] will be made probably closer to summer,” General Nikolai Makarov, head of the Russian General Staff, told a press conference in Moscow. He added that Iran was capable of giving “a sharp repulse” to the attack.

Another Russian top military brass, Admiral Vladimir Komoyedov said that given the current military build-up in the Persian Gulf, any spark could set off the fire of a regional conflict.

Adm. Komoyedov, who heads the Defence Committee in the State Duma lower house, told foreign military attaches in Moscow that the U.S. could attack Iran any time now with a simultaneous launch of 450 Tomahawk cruise missiles from the warships deployed in the region.

Russia is concerned that a conflict in the Persian Gulf may spill over into the Caucasus.

The Russian General Staff has set up a “situation centre” to monitor developments in the Persian Gulf “in real time”, General Makarov said.

“We are analyzing the situation round-the-clock and do not rule out any options,” Russia’s highest ranking military officer said.

Russian media quoted defence sources as saying that Russian military bases in the Caucasus – in Armenia, South Ossetia and Abhazia, had been put on combat alert. Military experts speculate that the U.S. may carry out strikes at Iran from Turkey, and that Georgia and Azerbaijan may be also drawn into the conflict. Earlier this week Iran lodged formal protest with Azerbaijan over alleged Israeli spy activity in Azerbaijan.

To prepare for war contingency, Russian warships in the Black Sea have been deployed closer to Georgia, and the Caspian flotilla has been relocated from Astrakhan to ports closer to Azerbaijan, the Nezavisimaya Gazeta reported.

Annual war games in Russia’s North Caucasus this year will be scaled up from tactical/operational to strategic level, that is, will involve “Russia’s entire military setup,” according to media reports. The Russian Defence Ministry has announced plans to supply to the Southern Military District 40 new aircraft and to assign to it two special commando units.

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for the last 12 years, I have not heard anything other than war on Iraq, war on Afghanistan, war on Iran, War on Syria, War on Libya, War on the world. All I can say is lets do it, lets throw the dice once and for all. Best situation we win all, worst situation we lose all. Ultimately it makes little difference if the Banksters rule us or the East. there all the same.

from:  Bob
Posted on: Apr 9, 2012 at 07:25 IST

First of all the Russian General's speak is an attempt to cause a stir and maybe take wind of the sails of American's pressure tactics. A war would be the last thing that Obama wants with the lead up to the 2013 president elections. But Israel's pre-emption is a genuine possibility. But having done swashbuckling acts of nip-in-the-bud with the latest being the case of Iranian nuclear scientist, one really wonders why would Israel go for an overt war, its really doing well by training its guns on RG nd members of the Iranian nulcear programme

from:  rakesh sharma
Posted on: Feb 17, 2012 at 10:20 IST

Firstly, WAR IS NOT THE SOLUTION. The west, particularly the US should
realize that the world is no longer a place to exercise its hegemony.

Secondly, a comprehensive restructuring of the UNSC is the need of the
hour. P5 is no more valid. All the countries should be given equal
rights the international processes should be democratized.

Thirdly, we need a comprehensive ban on the Nuclear arms, instead of a
discriminatory ban as envisaged in the NPT. The world leaders should
have the vision to work for containing nuclear use strictly for
civilian purposes.

from:  Pravimal Abhishek
Posted on: Feb 16, 2012 at 20:52 IST

Turkey did not allow the US to attack Iraq from their soil, so I doubt a weaker US President could get access to attack Iran. All these plans are if Iran attacks the US in response to an Israeli strike. Georgia has no interest as it is just what Putin needs a small war he could win at relatively little cost, restoring the empire and protecting an ally Iran. Just what he needs with the domestic troubles. Not a potential nuclear conflict with the Americans. But these situation are uncontrollable and it is possible we will all die. So if the ISI respond with terror inside India to a strike on Iran, the US uses Georgia in result to strikes by Iran it could result in nuclear war, what you could call a world war.

For Israel Georgia is nothing more than a logistical hub to transport equipment to Azerbaijan. A covert location is required to operate drones from, such flights would not take place until the Iranian radar systems are down and Iran cannot verify that Azerbaijan is being used.

from:  Matt
Posted on: Feb 16, 2012 at 17:09 IST

Russians are finally taking a stand against the US

from:  Karthik Sekar
Posted on: Feb 16, 2012 at 16:01 IST
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