InoPressa. «Sheikh» Putin saves Assad, but threatens the safety of Russians

«Putin is coming, Obama is watching» — that characterizes the current state of U.S.-Russian relations WP. NYT, by contrast, saw in the speeches of Putin’s desire to Woo the West and calls for cooperation with Washington. Moscow correspondents write about the potential danger of Russia being drawn into vnutriukrainskie the conflict between Sunnis and Shiites. «Putin is unable to control the changeable Syrian conflict,» argues pessimistic FT.

«Putin is coming, Obama is watching» — that characterizes the current state of U.S.-Russian relations, columnist the Washington Post’s Charles Krauthammer.

«Guess who just suddenly appeared in the Kremlin? Bashar Assad, the dictator and destroyer of Syria, now the next pet of Vladimir Putin. After four years, during which time he holed up in Damascus, Assad called on Russia to he knelt before Putin showed the world that today the middle East issues are solved not in Washington, and in Moscow, and was officially blessed by what is happening now capture Syria four States under the leadership of Russia», — the journalist writes.

Putin does not restore the former Soviet Empire, but he re-asserts Russia’s ability to project power beyond its borders, believes author, listing such events as the annexation of Crimea, the strengthening of Russia’s military bases in the Eastern Mediterranean and launch cruise missiles from ships in the Caspian sea. «You will see the most impressive demonstration of the distribution of Russian military influence since the cold war,» the article says.

«Of course, for Obama it doesn’t matter» — ironically by a journalist. «In the modern world, he said at the UN last month — a measure of force no longer serves the control of the territory». «The fact that he actually believes in this fantasy, showed a complete abandonment of Iraq and the loss of U.S. bases from which we could spread influence in the region (primarily by preventing, through its control of Iraqi air space, the modernization and strengthening the weakening of the Assad regime Iran)», — stated in the article.

«Everyone living in the zone of conflict who were counting on US, we should start packing your bags, going to Germany,» ironically concludes the author.

«On Thursday, President Putin spoke with the most energetic for the whole past period, calling for cooperation between Washington and Moscow in Syria and other places,» writes the correspondent of The New York Times Neil MacFarquhar, retelling the speech of the Russian President on the meeting of the International discussion club «Valdai» in Sochi.

In the opinion of analysts, Putin with renewed vigor tried to Woo Washington and the West. «This is a key element of its original strategy of intervention in Syria,» the article says. Many believe that in this way Putin is trying to overturn Western sanctions.

The journalist has the impression that in his speech, Putin outlined a broad plan for global cooperation with the United States and the West in General. Some of the people present at the meeting say they don’t recall Putin so ardently called for a change in relations with Washington. «It’s most encouraging words about U.S.-Russian relations, which I’ve heard of Putin for many years, said Clifford Kupchan, Eurasia Group President. — I think he will, at least, peaceful coexistence with the United States.» While Kupchan doubt that the White house will step aside, as the Obama administration and the American society find the idea of cooperation with Putin unpleasant.

Putin’s actions in Syria strongly and clearly declares that Russia continues to play a dynamic role in geopolitics, wrote in his article for the International New York Times, Maxim Trudolyubov, editor of opinions of the newspaper «Vedomosti».

Assumes Trudolyubov: Putin is Russia’s role in Syria similar to what Bush tried to do in Iraq. But if the United States was considered a panacea democracy, Putin has advocated a centralized authoritarian state.

«We generally do not distinguish between Shiites and Sunnis,» said Putin in a televised interview on October 11. The author comments: «Representing the ignorance about these differences, Putin is using the world stage to push one of the main theses of his political credo — the idea that any activity of any organization not approved by the state, hostile to the current government».

«Taking sides with Assad, our President has created the image of the «Sheikh of Putin» noble friend, who came to the rescue of the ruling Alawite, which is besieged by rebels — mainly Sunni. He has made Russia an actual ally of the Shiites, but it seems that does not take seriously the differences between branches of Islam,» reads the article. Putin probably does not care about the fact that the majority of Russian Muslims are Sunni.

About the potential danger of Russia being drawn into the conflict vnutriukrainskie writes The Christian Science Monitor. As recalled by Moscow correspondent Fred Wier, Putin justifies the need for military intervention in the Syrian conflict, the threat of Islamic extremism to Russia which has its own Muslim population and surrounded by post-Soviet Muslim republics.

«Like many former American leaders, Putin probably underestimates the risk of long-term gains — and that, interfering in the Affairs of Syria, Russia may realize the fear is trying to prevent», — said in the article.

«According to experts, a lot depends on how long delayed Russian intervention in Syria and how it will end, according to the author. — Moreover, this campaign (…) can speak to the Muslims is not what the rest of the Russians — and also to divert the resources that would be better used for the prevention of dangers closer to home.»

«We need to be very careful to minimize any provocation to the Russian Muslims. (…) We cannot afford to underestimate how attractive the ideology of extreme jihadism, especially for young Muslims. This is a very real and long term threat,» said Vladimir Sotnikov, expert of the Institute of Oriental studies in Moscow.

«In some ways it is a continuation of our long war in the North Caucasus, which Putin was able to calm down, inject into the region huge amounts of money, says independent security expert Alexander Golts. — I’m afraid that Russia will again become vulnerable to all the consequences of Islamist extremism, including terrorism in our cities».

«Putin will not be able to control changeable the Syrian conflict» — pessimistic claims the Financial Times.

«The appearance of conflict is constantly changing, and since then, as Russia last month began to apply its airstrikes, it has become especially volatile. If the tragic Syrian conflict ever and was a comprehensive narrative, but now it is not. Instead, a huge number of rapidly growing secondary storylines, which often give rise to unintended consequences,» writes our correspondent in Beirut, David Gardner.

«Likely the unintended consequence of the» beginning of the ground operation led by the Syrian army with the support of Iran, according to the author, can become «a new Exodus of refugees» outside the country. If the onset of the Syrian Kurds, with support of the coalition led by the USA in Raqqa — the capital of ISIS — will succeed, there is a risk of military intervention in the conflict Turkey, a NATO ally, has already threatened invasion. The author recommends that world leaders «to get acquainted with the schemes of «Who supports whom in Syria», which is now published in many media, and see whether they are consistent among themselves».

Translation InoPressa




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