Russia Continues To Warn the West: We Are Prepared for War
March 17, 2012 • 5:14AM

Russia continues to warn the world that it is prepared for a war, if an Iran war is started.

The Russian General Staff has developed an action plan for the eventuality of strikes being made against Iran, Ekho Mosvoy reports. And, Viktor Ozerov, head of the Federation Council Committee on Defense and Security, stated that nobody will reveal the details of this plan. Ozerov acknowledged that the situation in the region is heating up by the month.

Kommersant's Vladimir Solovyov has recently written that Russian Defense Ministry sources warned, "We have worked through our actions for the case of war with Iran. We are mobilization-ready for that eventuality." Russia is ready for both the huge number of refugees that might result, as well as the re-ignition of old conflicts, such as that over Nagorno-Karabakh.

On March 14, Russia Today cited Russian Chief of Staff Gen. Nikolai Makarov's November 2011 address to the Russian Public Chamber, warning that the danger of local armed conflicts along Russia's borders had grown: "The possibility of local armed conflicts virtually along the entire perimeter of the border has grown dramatically. I cannot rule out, that in certain circumstances, local and regional armed conflicts could grow into a large-scale war, possibly even with nuclear weapons."

Yesterday, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Mikhail Bogdanov warned the West that allegations that Syrian President Assad's regime is illegitimate are unacceptable, and not likely to foster a peaceful settlement: "In our view, such opinions are counterproductive, as they give a false signal to the opposition that there is no reason to engage in dialogue; that it's better to expect help from NATO and the West, as was the case in Libya. We believe that this scenario is absolutely inadmissible, and it will have grave consequences for Syrians and the stability in the region." Bogdanov condemned Saudi Arabia's recent decision to shut its embassy in Syria, and yesterday's decision of Qatar, Kuwait, Oman, and the UAE—all members of the Persian Gulf Cooperation Council—to withdraw their diplomats from Syria. Bahrain, also a member of the PGCC, has already done so.