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Russia’s President Vladimir Putin reportedly said to Iranian president Hassan Rouhani over the telephone that any further Western strikes against Syria would lead to “international chaos”.
Coming out into the open Putin said that Washington, London and Paris are “directly clashing” with the Astana peace agreement launched by Russia, Iran and Turkey.
In like vein Iraq’s Foreign Minister Ibrahim al-Jaafari reportedly pushed the US Secretary of State, John Sullivan to leave the Syrian people to “determine their own fate”.
This boiled down to Russia, Syria, Iran, and Iraq having decided to remain focused on destroying ISIS, or Islamic State – which many in the region anyway see as a US backed body.
Meanwhile, Moscow, Damascus, Tehran and Baghdad banded tightly on debunking the alleged chemical attacks by Syria’s President Hafiz-ul-Asad on Douma, while many on the peripheries, wonder if the real purpose of the strikes had been to promote the arsenal of ballistic missiles each side has on sale.
Standing at a comfortable distance away from the Astana accord was Ankara, with Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan announcing his support for the strikes, but showing no disinclination towards acquiring Russia’s S-400 missile system.
In exchange, Russia wants Erdogan to deliver Arfin to Iraq. This demand being accepted is unlikely, but the fact is that the Russian forces did leave the Kurdish canton before the Turks began their offensive against it.
Behind everything is the US-Iran nuclear deal which the US wants to render null and void and the European Union (EU) not so, if what Federica Mogherini the EU foreign policy spokesman supports is anything to go by. He said, “The European Union has always made it clear that for us, keeping the agreement in place is vital”.
Onwards of this, Moscow, backed by Beijing, has indicated readiness to help Tehran reboot its civilian nuclear program, if the US decides to act unilaterally and withdraw from the deal.
Thus many, if not most political analysts see Putin’s Russia, not Trump’s US on top after the American, French and British adventure in Syria.