Moscow places forward command post in Beirut for Syria


DEBKAfile’s sources disclose that Moscow has established a special political-military forward post at the Russian embassy in Beirut to monitor the soaring crisis in Syria. It is headed by Deputy Foreign Minister Mikhail Bogdanov now visiting the Lebanese capital. Saturday, he met with Hizballah leader Hassan Nasrallah. Russia estimates that the situation on Syria’s borders with Turkey, Israel and Jordan is about to plummet and President Barack Obama will eventually authorize military action. Moscow has put its assets in place for this eventuality.

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