Russian naval military exercises off coast of Syria near Turkey

At least 9 ships and 3 subs conducted exercises just off the northern coast of Syria. Why? Russia sent the ships and are somewhat allied with Syria, but certainly long time enemies of Turkey. Erdogan condemned it – a bit too close to Turkey. What is Putin up to? What is the back story? Brad Johnson says the situation is unfolding, so it’s not yet clear. Stay tuned.

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august 25th with brad johnson
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russia has done military exercises off
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the coast of syria you were saying
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they’ve never done this before
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usually these kinds of things are
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signaling something
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what do you think it’s signaling yes i
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think very interesting and this is not
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just
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you know uh two row boats or something
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like that they’ve got
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at least nine ships and three submarines
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russian navy so by russian navy
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standards this is a fairly major
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show force uh or or exercise naval
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exercise
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right off the coast of syria now uh
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of course we know that russia is backing
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syria and and
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um and what’s going on there so there’s
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a certain level of sense to be able to
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do it there
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kind of a show of strength with somewhat
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of an ally
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and keeping the assad regime alive and
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well in syria
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but i don’t think that’s the the real
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reason for it and this was sharply
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condemned by
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none other than everyone’s friend and
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buddy
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uh president of turkey erdogan
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and he came out and condemned this as as
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you know russian aggression in the area
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and that sort of stuff
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shocking absolutely shocking that they
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would do such a thing
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and of course off the coast of syria
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happens you know which would be
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uh to the the coastline that is on the
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west side of syria
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that same section of ocean is on the
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southern part of turkey
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so they’re very near the southern coast
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of turkey doing these exercises in the
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on the
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in the ocean there in front of of
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syria so it is a very interesting thing
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and a fairly large naval exercise
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uh and i think it is in fact we’ve seen
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a number of things in
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say the last year year and a half that
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russians been doing
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uh to kind of try to keep erdogan under
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control as we’ve talked about before
01:57
turkey and russia are have been um
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essentially enemies of each other
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for you know 200 years or 150 years
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something along those lines they’ve had
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at least like three major wars and
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a number of skirmishes and so on so
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they’re always
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traditionally very wary of each so i
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think this is pretty clearly
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putin flexing a little bit of naval
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muscle
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under the nose of turkey interesting
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that he does
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that now why would he do that of course
02:29
that’s that element
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remains to be put together here but
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something is going on in the background
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where putin deemed it a great idea
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to flex this muscle uh in front of
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turkey so that’s what we see going on
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it’s a sign of something else
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that’s happening in the background like
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you say these naval exercises
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aren’t accidents they do these things
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for
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a stated reason and they’re not going to
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use the navy to attack syria they’re
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already allied there so
02:56
who else could it be and of course the
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only one around of any consequence right
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there
02:59
that would interest the russian navy is
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turkey so clearly a message to turkey
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clearly flexing muscle for them uh the
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the question is what is it on the back
03:09
in the background what’s the back story
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that provoked this
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maybe it’s just a a sign of russian
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aggression that is consistent with how
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russia does stuff they like to go tweak
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the nose of people they view as an enemy
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or a competitor so
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it could be something as simple as that
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uh we’ll see does erdogan
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strike back in some way those sorts of
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things i stay tuned i
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i think there’ll be more coming out on
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this one they’ve that is heating up just
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that next little bit with turkey so
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we’ll see where it goes
03:38
turkey’s certainly uh being quite
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aggressive on a lot of
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a lot of sides of that country so
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more pressure is good thanks very much
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brett
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all right thank you
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you
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