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Russia's Alexander Lukashevich speaks at a press conference on Russia's veto of the Arab League plan on Syria (photo: dpa)

How the Syrian crisis is further muddying the waters of the Eastern Mediterranean

The civil war in Syria has wide and complex knock-on effects for the region and world politics. One area which will come under severe strain is the Eastern Mediterranean where Russia, in particular, has a strong stake in maintaining maritime trade and giving its navy access to a warm water port.

THE FAILURE of the United Nations Security Council to pass a resolution backing an Arab League plan on Syria does not just have implications for the crisis in that country.

The Russia/Chinese veto at the UN to block the league’s peace initiative for a transfer of power from the Syrian president to his deputy will also affect the very comp...

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 Bernard Siman
The maritime affairs of the Eastern Mediterranean have now become inextricably linked to those of the Gulf, as the US builds up its naval presence there
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