Read about it here.
The rather explicit blame laid upon the U.S. for the security situation in Iraq means this statement amounts to “Since you can’t do anything about it, we will.”
So, the questions are A) Will Russia make good on this threat, or is it political bluster, and B) If the answer to A) is “yes”, will Russian hit squads hinder or help American security efforts. Seems to me it could go either way, but the Russians clearly are not acting on American behalf here, nor do they seem to be asking for anyone’s permission. If Russian and American interests are congruent, then it’s a plus, but serious conflicts with the desire to build a functioning Iraqi state that can manage its own internal affairs are conceivably compromised if you’ve got foreign agents assassinating suspected terrorists at will.
What think you?