AP reports that Russia is vowing a “military” response to the missile shield in Europe.
Reuters is reporting that the US is scrapping a planned port call in Poti to deliver humanitarian aid. Tensions between the United States and Russia may be getting out-of-control. Scrapping the port call may be an effort by the US to defuse tension.
Navy Times is still reporting that the Navy will deliver aid at Poti.
David A. Fulghum at Aviation Week says U.S. analysts are wondering why the “Israeli Air Force was able to penetrate Syria’s Russian-made air defenses, while the Russian Air Force was not able to finesse Georgia’s Russian-made air defenses.”
I’m sure that’s a point Moscow is already pondering.
Russia has apparently prepared a tactical nuclear response option should the United States and Nato intervene in Georgia.
In an interview with Amy Goodman at Democracy Now, Col. Sam Gardiner, USAF(Ret.) noted that Russia had moved two SS-21 medium-range ballistic missile launchers into South Ossetia. The SS-21 can be both conventional and nuclear he said.
Russia has clearly warned the West to stay out of its affairs in Georgia/South Ossetia.
“True to form there’s appears to have been a cooperative effort between the cyber attacks and the military attacks on the ground in Georgia. Whether the attacks are the work of the Russian government or that of those sympathetic to their cause remains to be seen. Estonia recently suffered a similar fate less the actual physical invasion forces. …”