The psychological war between Vladimir Putin of Russia and the Saudi Arabian intelligence chief, Prince Bandar Bin Sultan has taken a turn for the worst amid Russian intelligence citing evidence of Saudi Arabian involvement in the terror attacks in the city of Volgograd.
Saudi Arabia’s nose was pulled out of joint by the Russian initiative to stall ‘a coalition of the willing’ international plan involving direct action in Syria over the use of chemical weapons, notwithstanding the absence of proven complicity by the Assad Government in the chemical attack.
In fact the only willing nations eager for a war in Syria were the USA and its partner in crime, Saudi Arabia. As Russia is at the forefront of some of the key geopolitical conflicts in the world today, when viewing the recent attacks on its soil, the continuing conflict in Syria cannot be seen in isolation.
Russia of course allies with Syria and Iran in the Middle East, having close political and economic ties to both, whilst the Saudi’s hope that regime change there will lead to an expansion of their own interests via new partnerships in the region. So they have vested interests in ensuring the escalation of civil war to facilitate this route. Even better for them would be the prospect of an international front against Syria, so the postponement of the expected international action against Syria dashed their hopes and ambitions. Not to mention the USA’s interest in breaking up the Russian/Syrian/Iranian strategic alliance in the Middle East Region.
Not only has the war in Syria dragged Russia, along with other world powers, into a political conflict, it has also energized the terror networks of the Russian Caucasus. The Huffington Post, along with other mainstream media sources, has documented, Chechen (and other Caucasian fighters) constitute a sizeable contingent among the jihad elements waging war on Assad and the Syrian people, although denied by Chechnya’s leadership. The greatest threat is their ability to freely travel back to their places of origin, and Syria’s close proximity to Russia.
The Sochi Olympic Games in Russia will be held in February, and many have speculated that this was a motivating factor for carrying out the terrorist attacks in Volgograd, perhaps to serve as a warning to Moscow. Countries such as Saudi Arabia, Qatar, and Israel form part of the greater US-Nato sphere of influence have a vested interest in ensuring Russia does not cement its dominance of energy supplies to Europe in the future. Russia’s own self –interests are considerations as well, as can be witnessed by the riots in the Ukraine, Putin wanting to ensure that they remain in the Eastern European sphere of political and economic influence, as opposed to that of the European Union.
Also not to be ignored is the financing of these Caucasian terrorists and their links to Western intelligence entities, one such being the American Committee for Peace in the Caucasus (ACPC)
The relationship between this organization and the US State Department cannot be ignored, as its not only a conflict of interests, but a direct link, the former being an organ of the latter.
The ACPC of course champions the cause of separatism.
Returning to the disclosure by Russian intelligence of Saudi Arabian involvement in the terrorist attacks, what are the repercussions of such a discovery?
According to an informed Russian official source, reported by RT (Russia Today) the country’s
Federal Security Service (FSB) has informed President Putin. Probably won’t come as a surprise as the president was warned by Prince Bandar Bin Sultan during a four hour heated private meeting back in July that Wahhabi-sponsored terrorists based in the Northern Caucasus region would be targeting the Sochi Olympics, due to begin on 7 February. The group believed to be behind the attacks, is known as the Caucasus Caliphate, led by Doko Umarov. Saudi Arabia is a major source of funds for this group who espouses the same ideology as the Saudi sponsored Takfiris operating in Syria, Lebanon, Pakistan,
Yemen and Iraq.
The action of the Saudi’s can be construed as an act of war by the Russians, and there is firm legal ground to extract retaliation under the doctrine of self- defense.