Western opinion: Russians won in Syria
John schindler in Observer actually recognized Putin as the winner in Syria.
A few days ago, Donald Trump, a US presidential candidate, accused rival Hillary Clinton of recklessness: they say she is seeking confrontation with Russia because of Syria, but she is not sufficiently concerned about the "Islamic state" (prohibited in the Russian Federation).
According to Trump, you should focus on the "IG", and not concentrate on Syria. If you listen to Hillary, you can be on the verge of a third world war.
The journalist notes that Trump essentially voiced (“repeated as a parrot”) the Kremlin’s foreign policy line.
In recent months, the author recalls, the Kremlin has made it clear to Washington that Americans should keep their nose away from further participation in the Syrian civil war. In October, the Russian Ministry of Defense, which strengthened its air defense systems in Syria with modern C-300 and C-400 complexes, and this despite the fact that IG does not have airplanes, told the Pentagon that any efforts by the US Air Force aimed at bombing targets in Syria without the approval of Moscow, stumble upon the use of force without delay and hesitation.
Hot statement! But why not? In Syria, the analyst believes, Putin achieved his strategic goals: he kept the Assad regime, at the same time creating the image of the West as a gathering of stupid and villains supporting jihadists.
Not so long ago, President B.H. Obama predicted that the Russians would get bogged down in Syria just as Soviet troops were stuck on 10 years in Afghanistan, or like the Americans had settled in Iraq at the time. Obama was wrong. By the way, the Pentagon knew perfectly well that the Russian military would welcome an operation in Syria.
Americans need to accept the situation as a given.
Further, the author draws a parallel between the situation in Syria and historical situation in the former Yugoslavia. Both confrontations in ethnically and religiously diverse states "were unnatural," Schindler believes. Yugoslavia actually collapsed exactly 20 years before Syria began to boil, but the conflicts that led to the disaster of the two states now seem similar: a cruel mishmash of opposing groups, religious and ethnic extremism, contempt for civilians.
There is a difference: helping Assad Russia can change the outcome of the conflict in Syria.
If Moscow after the defeat of the Cold War and the subsequent collapse of the “Soviet empire” was powerless to save Yugoslavia from Western aggression (this is the “Russian term,” the author adds), then in Syria Moscow recovering from its former geopolitical weakness may become a winner.
Thus, for Putin, the Syrian intervention represents an “unequivocal victory on the world stage”. The fruit of this victory can be a demonstration in geopolitics of behavior that can be described as follows: unlike Washington, Moscow will stand up for its friends.
There are reasons for such an interpretation of behavior on the world stage. For example, Hosni Mubarak, a loyal ally of the United States who ruled Egypt for three decades, but whose regime collapsed in the 2011 year, did not receive support from Washington. President Obama, contrary to the advice of his national security experts, gave Mubarak "to be torn apart by mob," and did not even want to answer his phone calls.
Russians responded to the request of Assad in Syria. Bashar al-Assad "received all the help he requested from Moscow," writes Schindler. Russia rescued Assad, not caring a bit about the cries from the international community and non-governmental organizations.
This signal is not missed in the Middle East. It is not surprising that even Israel is now seeking to enter into negotiations with Moscow: in fact, Moscow has now replaced Washington as a new regional sheriff. Egypt also renewed security ties with the Kremlin.
True, the author of the material in the Observer does not consider that Putin and his ministers are “strategic geniuses”. Not at all. Putin and his ministers "acted cynically and cunningly in Syria," but the White House, which failed, gave the opportunity to them, whose owner demonstrated "stunning, unprecedented foreign policy incompetence." Again and again, Obama and his entourage made mistakes and eventually turned foreign policy into some kind of amateur activity. These losers were again and again conquered by Russians who looked at American politicians "with undisguised contempt."
On the portal "Antimedia" An article by James Holbrux has been published, which believes that the Russians are implementing a whole strategy around Syria.
In connection with some deterioration in relations with the United States and the strengthening of cooperation with Russia, Turkey is trying to become a “military joker” in the Middle East. There is also a well-known economic evidence of the deepening of Russian-Turkish relations: both countries signed an agreement on the construction of an undersea pipeline through which natural gas will soon be delivered to Europe.
Well, and Egypt. In mid-October, the press reported that Russia and Egypt would conduct joint military exercises for the first time in history. This was followed by news of the sale by Russia of helicopters to this North African country and the desire to invest billions in Egyptian infrastructure. In addition, Egypt seeks to see Russians again as tourists.
Look at the map: Egypt is located opposite Turkey, between them lies the Mediterranean Sea. This means that when the Russian fleet reaches the Mediterranean, it can either stay in these waters and engage in Aleppo bombings, or simply show the Russian power to the world. Some analysts think so. Other experts note that Russia will be surrounded by friends: Turkey, Syria and Egypt.
A good geographical position for someone who intends to build a gas pipeline! Turkey, by the way, shares the northern border with the Black Sea, which is connected to the southern coast of Russia. And in recent years, the Black Sea has simply been "teeming with Russian warships."
This is what we get?
And it turns out that Comrade Putin deftly hid his country with the help of Turkey and Egypt from the encroachments of the West, accusing Russia of "aggression." But both Turkey and Egypt were previously loyal allies of the United States.
At least some analysts in the West see the situation in this way.
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