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Russia as a "new force"

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US allies in the Middle East are looking in the direction of Russia. They are ready to establish ties with Moscow: the Russians have become a “new force” in the region. As for Washington, its policy in Syria is recognized as "slurred." Washington’s traditional Middle Eastern partners are increasingly unhappy with Obama and prefer to negotiate with the Kremlin.



Putin and Obama in the geopolitical race (Edmontonjournal, USA) http://inopro.ru


Josh Rogin & Eli Lake at Bloomberg View write that the United States themselves are pushing their Middle Eastern allies "to Putin."

The traditional American allies in the Middle East, who were tired of the policies of President Barack Obama in Syria, have now turned "towards a resurgent Russia."

Some experts in Washington present these new connections as a threat to the interests of the United States, especially because the United States has been “working” in the region since 1970, trying to nullify Russia's influence there. The Obama administration thinks otherwise. The State Department is now "quietly encouraging" US allies to establish ties with Moscow.

US Secretary of State John Kerry believes that cooperation with Russia could lead to the start of peace talks in Syria, which would finally solve the problem of the Syrian civil war. However, Russia has consistently opposed Kerry's proposals. While Kerry conducts his diplomacy, the Russians send Tanks, bombers and soldiers to Syria. The Russian Air Force is focusing its bombing on US-backed opposition targets instead of Islamic State targets, the newspaper writes. Meanwhile, the “common enemy," according to Kerry, are only the IS terrorists.

Still, Kerry is promoting his plan, trying to convince Russia to become an American partner and “stabilize” the Middle East. It was Kerry who held a meeting at the level of foreign ministers of Russia, Saudi Arabia and Turkey last Friday in Vienna and expressed optimism that the four countries will be able to work together in Syria.

According to Kerry, the parties may disagree with respect to Bashar Assad, but “clearly agree” on the issue of the conflict resolution process. It is very important to have a “starting point,” Mr. Kerry remarked.

After this meeting, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, in his speech to the press, criticized the US policy in the region. He recalled the US intervention in the affairs of Iraq and Libya and said that Russia would never support a plan that includes a regime change in Damascus. All the "rumors" about a possible "deal" on Assad, Minister Lavrov, rejected: "All this is wrong."

Kerry recently said that the United States could agree to keep Assad in power for a transitional period.

Josh Rogin and Eli Lake see the political situation in the region as follows: while John Kerry is trying to convince Russia to join the Western coalition, Putin convinces America’s Middle Eastern allies that Moscow has a new power in the region.

Prince Turki al-Faisal, the former ambassador of Saudi Arabia in Washington and the former chief of intelligence, believes that Russia currently deserves both attention and respect. At the same time, the prince called Putin "a man who did a lot of harm to innocent people throughout Syria." However, al-Faisal added that he (Putin) is the head of a “big state”, understanding that this state “must play a role in making world decisions.” Therefore, the Middle East should "deal with it." One can neither ignore him, nor accuse him of "delusions of grandeur"; he (Putin) has such a “vision and strategy” that translate on the spot into a certain “concept”. Assad’s visit to Moscow is Putin’s specific message to the region: anyone who wants to overthrow Assad will deal with him (with Putin). At the same time, the Russian president is hardly sincere when he speaks of his desire to fight the “Islamic State”, however, after all, the “US coalition did not use the necessary resources for a similar mission.”

Meanwhile, Russia is successfully advancing in the region: on the same day, when the meeting was held in Vienna, Moscow signed an agreement with Jordan on military coordination in the fight against the Islamic State.

There is no need to fly to Saudi Arabia for the agreement; the Saudi defense minister himself visited Moscow earlier this month.

Other Gulf countries have also sent their senior diplomats to Moscow over the past two weeks, precisely to discuss Russia's recent moves in Syria.

One senior Arab diplomat (name not given) told American journalists that these discussions were mainly about assessing Russia's long-term intentions in Syria. Also, the envoys tried to convince Moscow to bomb the "Islamic State", rather than the position of "moderate rebels."

Finally, those American allies who are not active in multilateral diplomacy on Syria also believe that closer ties should be established with Moscow. Here is one of the latest examples: this month, after Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu spoke with Putin, Israel established a hotline with the Russian military. The goal of this line is to avoid an accidental clash of two states in the region. Another example is Egypt. After Egyptian President al-Sisi visited Putin in August, he promised that Egypt would work together with Moscow against the Islamic State.

A retired American general, Jack Keane, said that Moscow had staked on the inaction of Washington. “Putin is counting on the United States to fear escalation and confrontation,” Mr. Keen said. “We must continue to insist on Assad’s departure,” the retiree believes, “but we must be realistic. The decisive role is now played by Russia, while it protects Assad. ”

Some people in the Obama administration say that the only way to turn Russia into a "constructive partner" in Syria is coercion: for example, sanctions against Putin personally, along with more effective military aid to insurgents who are "attacked by Putin."

But the White House, the journalists point out, does not want an escalation of pressure on Russia. The administration’s guiding principle is the desire to “avoid a new crisis with Moscow”.

Late in the evening of October 28, we add, it became known about the new statement by John Kerry regarding the positions of Russia and the USA on Syria.

"Russia, the United States and other countries really have a lot in common in approaches to Syria", - quotes Kerry RIA News". According to the Secretary of State, "we all agree to hold close discussions, we agree on the need to find a political solution."

Mr. Kerry also noted that "we agree on the need to achieve victory over the" Islamic State "or any other terrorist group."

Among the points of contact between the United States and the Russian Federation, Kerry called "the need for refugees to return home" and the fact that "the Syrian people have the right to elect their leaders during fair elections."

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Mr. Kerry, of course, didn’t say that the Syrian people had chosen Bashar Assad not so long ago during fair elections. And he will be elected in the event that early elections are initiated in Syria. Kerry's statement is an attempt to preserve the political face of the United States in front of the Arabs, who turned to Putin in unison. Russia has become a new force in the region, and we have to reckon with it.

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  1. Alexander 3
    Alexander 3 30 October 2015 06: 20 New
    +2
    Basically, everyone knows the truth, everyone has the same attitude towards justice, but enemies feel the power on themselves. Therefore, Russia is a new force.
    1. kodxnumx
      kodxnumx 30 October 2015 07: 07 New
      0
      It is very interesting to watch their attempts!
      1. Now we are free
        Now we are free 30 October 2015 09: 38 New
        +9
        Mr. Kerry, of course, was silent about the fact that the Syrian people had elected Bashar al-Assad not so long ago in a fair election. And he will be elected in the event that extraordinary elections are initiated in Syria.
        Well, why did you keep silent? Kerry after Assad won the election called his victory -Great zero ...
        With all the laughter that starts to punch you when you hear another statement by Kerry or Kirby, a CLEAR UNDERSTANDING OF THIS SITUATION appears (K.)
        The State Department, in the event of inconvenient questions, the answer to which is not formed more and more gives preference to "Protection of Psaki" -Transfer the question itself to the rank of humor and sometimes even over oneself, just to "sail away" from a direct answer ... what they say Zadornov - "Well, stupid!" -But at the moment this suggests that there is no competent analytics on the "Russian question" as well as a clear structure of actions to forestall Russia's actions in world geopolitics. The era of intelligent "marijuans" was replaced by the era of their offspring "Heroins" who believe that their grandfathers, dads, uncles have already done everything for them, potential opponents of the United States in geopolitics "Ordered to live long" and the US aircraft carriers before ... and bases around the world and all of Europe, Asia, BV they hold for "Faberge" ...

        PS
        The Chinese do not call V.V.P. - "Desert Fox" is a small animal that, due to cunning and speed, makes a fool of a large and clumsy predator.

        P.P.S. Of course, it's too early to relax, we are just at the beginning of the road, but what Russia is doing now gives confidence that our country will show the world a new understanding of geopolitical relations between countries, while recovering and strengthening itself. We do not want to destroy / enslave / humiliate anyone, because the path of "Locust" which the United States chose after World War II, devouring the weak and beating those who disagree to death, is alien to us, not even so much because of the state. politicians how much due to the natural mentality of the people of Russia.
        We want to negotiate and listen to the views of all parties, BUT frank rudeness, intimidation and hypocrisy we will not tolerate.
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    2. 222222
      222222 30 October 2015 09: 53 New
      +6
      Alexander 3 (4) RU Today, 06: 20 New
      Basically everyone knows the truth, everyone has the same attitude to justice, but the enemies feel the power on themselves. Therefore, Russia is a new power. ""
      ..Help the weak, ALL THE ESSENCE OF RUSSIA !!
    3. marlin1203
      marlin1203 30 October 2015 10: 04 New
      0
      Yes, Obama doesn’t care ... Soon, the demobilization! Soon ro demobilization! laughing
  2. Alekseev-Orsk
    Alekseev-Orsk 30 October 2015 06: 26 New
    +2
    To this and went)))
  3. slizhov
    slizhov 30 October 2015 06: 27 New
    +4
    Everything is beginning to be drawn ...
    More and more people wishing to visit Crimea ...
    Serbs said they were going to build an arms system according to the model and standards of Russia ...
    Here Sarkozy in Moscow spoke out very unfriendly about the United States ...
    The countries of the Middle East also understand that they have long been between a rock and a hard place, and every sheikh or shah understands that he can become the next one if he departs from the postulates of American democracy :)
  4. strelets
    strelets 30 October 2015 06: 28 New
    +4
    It is necessary to restore order in the region faster, otherwise Afghanistan and Central Asia are already trying to set fire to it.
    1. Gloomy
      Gloomy 30 October 2015 08: 37 New
      +2
      It’s easier to fill the arsonist’s face than to run around and put out fires around the world. But it is not easy. I hope in the next arson he will not have time to run out of the fire. There he is dear.
      1. 222222
        222222 30 October 2015 09: 56 New
        +3
        Shadow RU Today, 08:37 ↑ New
        It's easier to stuff the face of an arsonist, .. " hi
  5. iliitchitch
    iliitchitch 30 October 2015 06: 31 New
    +1
    The "starting point of the carry" is a pile of dung left for us in the BV by America, which he gently invites us to rake first. Eh, carry, Sergei Lavrov is a worthy student of A.A. Gromyko, who was called "mister no", not a match for you ... No matter how that carry got drunk from despair.
  6. parusnik
    parusnik 30 October 2015 06: 34 New
    +2
    Russia has become a new force in the region, and one has to reckon with it...Do not give in to the pressure .. otherwise it is impossible .. just show the slack .. sit on the neck ..
  7. aszzz888
    aszzz888 30 October 2015 06: 54 New
    +3
    At the same time, the prince called Putin "a man who has done a lot of harm to innocent people throughout Syria."


    Does the prince mean ISIS by "innocent people"?
  8. Tanker55
    Tanker55 30 October 2015 07: 29 New
    +2
    Russia is truth and power. Putin is our president.
  9. Sasha75
    Sasha75 30 October 2015 08: 02 New
    +9
    And they will be cured))).
  10. F.Vastag
    F.Vastag 30 October 2015 08: 09 New
    +2
    Cartoon Caricature from Edmontonjournal USA - Passable !!!
  11. Denis DV
    Denis DV 30 October 2015 08: 12 New
    +1
    Among the points of contact between the US and the Russian Federation, Kerry called "the need for refugees to return home"

    Libya, Iraq, Afghanistan and a couple more African countries - return! Or do they want to "return" these refugees as ISIS recruits to Syria?
  12. Taygerus
    Taygerus 30 October 2015 08: 31 New
    0
    "Mr. Kerry also noted that" we agree with the need to achieve victory over the Islamic State or any other terrorist group. "

    they agree in words, but in reality continue to arm thugs from ISIS, everyone is trying to find some moderate opposition that is not in nature and unreasonably accuse our pilots of bombing civilian objects, while they themselves are unceremoniously bombing hospitals and wedding cards. As they say, such friends (allies) do not need enemies.
  13. rotmistr60
    rotmistr60 30 October 2015 08: 53 New
    +1
    Russia has become a new force in the region, and one has to reckon with it.

    Therefore, such hysteria and harsh pressure in the Western media. Maybe our actions in Syria will finally completely open the eyes of Europe (I’m not talking about the United States - it’s useless) and it (Europe) will finally begin to think and act adequately.
  14. robbihood
    robbihood 30 October 2015 10: 36 New
    +2
    For some reason, in all the materials of the Russian media about the power of Russia, about the operation in Syria, etc. NO WORDS ABOUT THE ECONOMY?
    The other day, Apple released a financial report. This is a large, fashionable and promising, but an American commercial company. Its 2015 financial revenues amounted to, do not faint - $ 234 billion.
    She does not own mineral resources, resources, deposits, wells and other diamonds in stone caves. She does not have a “unique geographical location” or “unique treasures of Siberia”.
    There are all kinds of ordinary shareholders, yes managers, yes developers, yes programmers, and advertisers. In general, all those whom in Russia suddenly for some reason became fashionable to treat with disdain.

    Now let's compare the revenue of Apple and the revenues of the federal budget of Russia - the largest country in the world (with diamonds, Siberia and oil), whose leadership is in hellish fantasies about world leadership and global confrontation with the West. Do not faint - $ 197 billion
    That is, Apple earns more than the entire “state of the Russian Federation”. This is despite the fact that Apple, although the largest company, does not hang over the American economy like Gazprom over the Russian one - in the USA there are a significant number of companies in size comparable to Apple.

    Why do these numbers make me fearful? Because it shows once again: people make the state, region or company rich - human capital, not oil and not Siberian treasures.

    And with you, and with us, (the TV is yours), no matter how you turn on the TV, there is some kind of official, an unwise person shouting: America wants to chop off our territory. Fuck America, this territory is permafrost, if it already chops off the most valuable things - in 2015, 265 thousand people from Russia applied for a green card to go there. And "nerds" with brains. And businessmen who have created their own business. But not seeing prospects. The thieves have already left.
    And immediately to those who say: well, they have iPhones, and we have Iskander.
    We cannot win the race for the Iskanders if there is no common economic power. As you can see, Apple, if its shareholders go crazy, will be able to buy more iskanders than Russia. Especially considering that you have a budget deficit of 3%, and Apple’s margin is 40%.
    That's what you have to beat all the bells, not the new power. Although it is important, but with a strong economy.
    If harsh, please forgive, but we are in the same boat.
    1. Victor-M
      Victor-M 30 October 2015 11: 46 New
      +1
      -Now let's compare the revenue Apple and federal budget revenues of Russia
      -I.e Apple earns more than the entire “state of the Russian Federation”. This despite the fact that Apple although the largest company
      - We can’t win the race for the Iskanders if there is no common economic power. As you can see Apple if its shareholders go crazy, it will be able to buy more iskanders than Russia

      They still have McDonald's. laughing
      1. 1536
        1536 30 October 2015 19: 37 New
        0
        In fact, Coca-Cola has the biggest profit. And everything speaks for the fact that we have no track management. The government of the richest country in the world, in fact, could not manage a cement plant somewhere near Novorossiysk, if it were in real conditions, and not in a game invented by them. So they sit, "run" the country, dreaming of running Apple.
    2. ans
      ans 30 October 2015 15: 57 New
      0
      Quote: robbihood
      whose leadership is in hellish fantasies about world leadership and global confrontation with the West
      - you are exaggerating ... The President spoke on this score ... "We are not chasing ephemeral titles" superpower "" ... There is no need to exaggerate. This is firstly ... and secondly - please do not confuse a hedgehog with a snake. The state budget of our country is in deficit of 3% ... And the USA has a pre-DEFAULT !!! You feel the difference ... No need to compare a private TRANSNATIONAL company with the national budget !!! In my opinion, if it's harsh, I beg your pardon, but you have porridge in your head ...
      1. robbihood
        robbihood 30 October 2015 17: 10 New
        +2
        Quote: ans
        And in the USA - PRE-VALID !!! You feel the difference ... No need to compare a private TRANSNATIONAL company with a national budget !!! In my opinion, if it’s harsh, please forgive me, but in your head is CASA ...

        Sorry, but WHY can’t you compare? The dollar, and in Africa, the dollar is green. As far as I can remember, both in the USSR and then only predictions that tomorrow in the USA will default and life will stop there. Decades are the same mantra. Yes, how skillfully it turns out for you - to determine the menu of the head of people whose opinion is different from yours - porridge, borsch, mashed potatoes, etc. For me it's a little wild. But maybe in Russia this is customary - it can be seen from your talk shows.
        1. ans
          ans 31 October 2015 17: 41 New
          -1
          Quote: robbihood
          Sorry, but WHY you can't compare

          You can compare as much as you like, especially since if you wish you can compare anything with anything ... For example, Belarus and Honduras .... But ... why exaggerate! And you, apparently, it is very necessary ... Probably for a sense of their significance ...., with relative insignificance .... Maybe in Belarus it became fashionable!
          PS /
          Thank you for responding to my comment! But I had to answer yours! We know our weaknesses ... And believe me, our weak spot is not Putin, and not Power ... Sorry if I was sharp! BUT ... still do not feel the agenda of recent history, for us in Russia it looks kind of wild!
  15. Robert Nevsky
    Robert Nevsky 30 October 2015 11: 48 New
    +1
    His Americans are afraid!
  16. cniza
    cniza 30 October 2015 14: 07 New
    +2
    Quote: rotmistr60
    Russia has become a new force in the region, and one has to reckon with it.

    Therefore, such hysteria and harsh pressure in the Western media. Maybe our actions in Syria will finally completely open the eyes of Europe (I’m not talking about the United States - it’s useless) and it (Europe) will finally begin to think and act adequately.



    At least somehow they are trying to save the face, but attempts are in vain, because they do not know what to do ... "the east is a delicate matter" ...
  17. Kyrgyz
    Kyrgyz 30 October 2015 15: 17 New
    0
    It seems that it doesn’t say anything that the US partners are fleeing to Russia, it just became clear that Russia wasn’t written off and the knockout turned out to be a knockdown, so the participants of the regatta diversify their ties instead of 60 percent of the control over them, the United States will have 35, which of course is not 60 but also a lot then Russia will confirm for itself as a strong player, the rest will be divided into other poles China Germany England is local, they do not see this as a collapse of the USA but as the end of a monopoly on politics, which as a whole corresponds to the weight of the USA in the world economy, it is no longer 50 percent with Responsibly and opportunities to wield are melting away.
    Around 18-19 centuries, the orchestra of the great powers returns.
  18. Dimon19661
    Dimon19661 31 October 2015 06: 08 New
    0
    Quote: robbihood
    For some reason, in all the materials of the Russian media about the power of Russia, about the operation in Syria, etc. NO WORDS ABOUT THE ECONOMY?
    The other day, Apple released a financial report. This is a large, fashionable and promising, but an American commercial company. Its 2015 financial revenues amounted to, do not faint - $ 234 billion.
    She does not own mineral resources, resources, deposits, wells and other diamonds in stone caves. She does not have a “unique geographical location” or “unique treasures of Siberia”.
    There are all kinds of ordinary shareholders, yes managers, yes developers, yes programmers, and advertisers. In general, all those whom in Russia suddenly for some reason became fashionable to treat with disdain.

    Now let's compare the revenue of Apple and the revenues of the federal budget of Russia - the largest country in the world (with diamonds, Siberia and oil), whose leadership is in hellish fantasies about world leadership and global confrontation with the West. Do not faint - $ 197 billion
    That is, Apple earns more than the entire “state of the Russian Federation”. This is despite the fact that Apple, although the largest company, does not hang over the American economy like Gazprom over the Russian one - in the USA there are a significant number of companies in size comparable to Apple.

    Why do these numbers make me fearful? Because it shows once again: people make the state, region or company rich - human capital, not oil and not Siberian treasures.

    And with you, and with us, (the TV is yours), no matter how you turn on the TV, there is some kind of official, an unwise person shouting: America wants to chop off our territory. Fuck America, this territory is permafrost, if it already chops off the most valuable things - in 2015, 265 thousand people from Russia applied for a green card to go there. And "nerds" with brains. And businessmen who have created their own business. But not seeing prospects. The thieves have already left.
    And immediately to those who say: well, they have iPhones, and we have Iskander.
    We cannot win the race for the Iskanders if there is no common economic power. As you can see, Apple, if its shareholders go crazy, will be able to buy more iskanders than Russia. Especially considering that you have a budget deficit of 3%, and Apple’s margin is 40%.
    That's what you have to beat all the bells, not the new power. Although it is important, but with a strong economy.
    If harsh, please forgive, but we are in the same boat.

    You do not confuse the income of the FB, Yabloko, and the country's GDP. And by the way, the boats we have after 1991 are different. And this ... if you have already sold your army. Then excuse us, but you and I are not on the way. You are so for us strongly do not worry, Russia can stand up for itself.
  19. bad
    bad 3 November 2015 14: 24 New
    0
    Quote: Tankman55
    Russia is truth and power. Putin is our president.
    -fact laughing