The Syrian operation of the Russian VKS caused obvious confusion in the ranks of the “old”, American, supposedly anti-Igil coalition. Because the ultimate clarity of goals, objectives and means of achieving them clearly contrasts with the vagueness, ambiguity and impotence of this American-Saudi coalition.
V. Putin: "This problem can be solved cardinally only by restoring statehood where it was destroyed, by strengthening the institutions of power where they are still preserved or reconstructed."
Our president has clearly formulated the task of protecting and restoring legitimate statehood in the region. And for starters in Syria, which is today a reference point of the conflict. Syria is a barrier stone that prevents the collapse of the entire region into chaos. And Russia decided to keep this stone, because no one else can hold it.
The Russian group of 30 attack aircraft of various types during the first 6 days of the operation made 120 sorties, destroying 51 targets. For comparison: aviation The United States and its allies during the period from June 2014 to September 2015 made almost 57 thousand sorties on seven thousand targets.
Note that the actions of Russia, very local, caused a squall reaction everywhere. While the massed operation of the American coalition had almost no reaction and had no consequences. Because the goals and objectives of its activities to anyone, by and large, are not known and not understood. As for Russia, here even the military technical problem is formulated very concretely: in time and space. This is support for the Syrian regular army offensive on the militant positions for the period of this offensive itself.
Konstantin Makienko, deputy director of the Center for Analysis of Strategies and Technologies: “If we talk about the purely military aspects of this operation, you can see that there were no such operations in the post-Soviet time. At such a distance of hundreds of kilometers, such a large group is not even deployed in the post-Soviet time , and even in Soviet times it was not carried out. Thus, from a purely military point of view, it is obvious that the view of the Russian Armed Forces, formerly called the Russian Air Force, is now called will be acquired by the aerospace forces, will acquire just a new quality. "
The clear motivation of the Russian position is so attractive that it seems that even the Obama administration has got its charm. It seems that this situation is terribly straining the American "hawks", who actually brewed this Middle Eastern bloody mess.
“If the Russians manage to push their vision of the situation in Syria,” writes Foreign Policy, “for America as a world leader, the moment of truth will come. The European governments that have spent political capital to support Washington’s actions since the beginning of the Syrian crisis will face the question, and what if Putin totally right. "
And really ?! What if?! And where are you getting to?