Russia in the News
- Arutz Sheva:
The King David Hotel will be closed for 24 hours next week, in order to accommodate Russian President Vladimir Putin, who will be arriving on an official visit. This will be Putin's first visit to Israel since 2005. In order to ensure smooth operations, the hotel decided to leave the entire facility to Putin and his entourage.
Putin will meet with top officials on his visit, including Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and President Shimon Peres. He will also dedicate a new memorial in Netanya dedicated to the memory of Jewish soldiers who fell in the defense of Russia.
Moscow is using the time up until Russian President Vladimir Putin faces US President Barack Obama across the G20 conference table in Los Cabos, Mexico Sunday, June 17 - or in its corridors - to ship sophisticated arms to Syria able to prevent a no-fly zone and a fleet of warships to the Mediterranean port of Tartus.
Russia is, in a word, supplying Bashar Assad, his regime and his army, with the very weapons they may need for warding off Western and Arab air efforts to impose a no-fly zone over Syria, while at the same time enabling him to repel seaborne assaults by his foes from the Mediterranean.
Since Syrian units have not been trained in the use of these advanced weapons, they are mostly likely coming with Russian technical teams to operate them - although they would be presented as “instructors.”
The Russians are not trying to conceal their military intervention in Syria in support of the Assad regime.