Why can’t Russia ignore terrorist threats in Syria, Libya, and Iraq?

Zeina Nasser



Terrorist threats in Syria are not seen by Russia as any “normal” issue which could be ignored, and Russian officials are constantly announcing that their country is ready to fight off any terrorist action in Syria, Libya and Iraq. So why can’t Russia ignore terrorist threats in these countries?


The latest announcement on this issue came by the Russian Defense Minister Sergey Shoigu, who announced today that “Moscow cannot ignore terrorist threats coming from Syria, Libya, Iraq, and other countries.


“While understanding today’s threats we cannot but talk about them. This is international terrorism that cannot but concern all of us, especially when we are in the regions close to Afghanistan,” Shoigu told Turkmen President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedow.


He also said that “What is happening today in Syria, Libya, Iraq is of course those threats that we cannot ignore,” adding “Of course, we should pay the most serious attention to them. This is in fact what Russia is doing.”


Shoigu also informed the president of Turkmenistan about the details of a military operation carried out by Russia in Syria.


On Tuesday the 7th of June, the top diplomats of Russia and the United States, Sergey Lavrov and John Kerry, during a phone conversation continued coordination of approaches of the two countries in the fight against the “Islamic State” and “Jabhat al-Nusra” terrorist organizations in Syria, the Russian Foreign Ministry said in a statement.


The conversation occurred on the initiative of the American side. Over the past week, that was the third phone conversation of Lavrov and Kerry dedicated to Syrian problems and the fight against terrorism.



Russia cannot ignore terrorist threats in Syria, Iraq, and Libya, for the following reasons:


  • Syria includes the last Russian military bases, so Russia will do everything it can to sustain its security


  • There is an old Russian quote saying that “If you wanted to reach the Mediterranean, you have to obtain the keys of Damascus”, meaning that the depth of the Russian interests in the Mediterranean goes back to hundreds of years ago, and the Russian achievements in the Mediterranean prove that.


  • Why are terrorist attacks or threats in Libya a threat to Russia for example? … Libya is one of the most important countries for oil fields, and one of Russia’s main concerns is the “war on oil” of course.


  • The Russian-Libyan relations regarding military equipment go back to many years, when Qaddafi used to buy Russian military equipment worth billions of dollars.


  • After discovering very important gas fields in Syria, Russia sent a naval fleet to the Syrian shores.




Most important oil fields in Libya:


Bouri Field                            El Sharara oil field

Elephant Field                             Gialo High

List of oil fields in Libya claimed by ISIL

Raguba field                                  Sarir field

Waha field                                   Zelten oil field


  • Iraq, as well, is one of the most important countries for oil fields, so Russia “will not leave it alone”.

Here is a list of the most important oil fields in Iraq:


Ahdab Oil Field                                  Akkas Gas Field

Badra Oil Field                                Bai Hassan Oil Field

Eastern Fields                                 East Baghdad Oil Field

Garraf Oil Field                                   Halfaya Oil Field

Kirkuk Oil Field                                  Majnoon Oil Field

Mansuriyah Gas Field                       Maysan Oil Fields

Middle Furat Oil Fields                  Nahr Bin Umar Oil Field

Najmah Oil Field                                 Nasiriyah Oil Field

Qayara Oil Field                                 Rumaila Oil Field

Siba Gas Field                                West Qurna 1 Oil Field

West Qurna 2 Oil Field                     Zubair Oil Field

Author: zeina

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