He doesn't give a shit about being a good UN member. I guess in all the excitement about Syria, someone forgot to remind Putin that the Med is a NATO lake. He got a bye when we thought his ships might be needed to evacuate Russian personnel but Assad refuses to give up the ghost.<quoted text>
He wants the easy way. Be a "good" UN member. Have troops on the Israeli border. Spy on Israel from 10 feet away. No way Jose, I hope. Bibi cant be that stupid. The last time Russian advisors were on the Golan right on the Israeli border they just fled leaving behind maps and info about attacking Israel. No thanks.
Transferring ships from multiple fleets is looking a lot more like a permanent assignment and that's unacceptable.