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Russia’s Kurdish Gambit: US Ally in Syria Takes Moscow’s Side

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The announcement of the leadership of the Syrian Kurds that they would open their first foreign office in Moscow is telling: their choice of Russia over Washington or Western Europe signals that Russia is allying with the Kurds in the Middle East, which will certainly undermine US and Turkish policy in the region, according to the Israeli media.

Wednesday is set to see an inauguration ceremony of the first European office of the Syrian Kurds, which will be located in Moscow. The ceremony is to be attended by Russian foreign ministry officials as well as representatives from several other countries, according to Abdulsalam Ali, the Syrian Kurdish envoy in Moscow.

“The choice of Moscow and not Washington or Western Europe is telling,” says The Jerusalem Post.

“Putin appears to be making another shrewd play for power in the Middle East by allying with the Kurds, in a step that undermines United States and Turkish policy in the region,” states the Israeli newspaper.

The US has established its cooperation with Syrian Kurdish fighters against Daesh (ISIL/ISIS). It has developed working relations with the Syrian Kurdish YPG (People's Protection Units) – the military wing of the Syrian Democratic Unity Party  (PYD) – the most dominant force among the Syrian Kurds and an affiliate organization of the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK), a Kurdish group located in Turkey which remains listed as a terrorist organization by the US, Turkey, and the EU.

Meanwhile, Turkey has denounced the move.

Recep Tayyip Erdogan issued what can be considered as an ultimatum to the US this week, saying that its, that it’s “either us or the PYD”, Gallia Lindenstrauss, a Turkey expert and research fellow at the Institute for National Security Studies at Tel Aviv University told the newspaper.

“Russia’s Kurd gambit”, the outlet says, takes advantage of US hesitancy in fully supporting the Kurds because of worries about angering Turkey.
This “makes Ankara’s life much more difficult as it continues fighting a Kurdish insurgency at home.”

“It is highly likely that Russia will take advantage of the trend and support the Kurds, effectively turning an American ally into a Russian one,” the newspaper quotes Shmuel Bar, a senior research fellow at the Samuel Neaman Institute for National Policy Studies at the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology in Haifa, as saying.

This opinion is also echoed by The Guardian, which says that the possible alliance between Russia and the Syrian Kurds “puts Erdogan in a corner”.

“A big, new military operation against Kurdish strongholds, in defiance of both Russia and the US, would be a sign of Erdogan’s desperation, marking a potentially catastrophic spreading of the Syrian conflict,” the outlet states.

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  • hopscotch64
    And that's how it's done!!!!!!
  • backfromthegraav
    Well soon it will be Kurdistan .... Turkey will either cease to exist or be a nice little land locked state inside Kurdistan that is used to house tens of millions of migrants !
  • ivanwa88
    US have the Iraqi Kurds well and truly in their camp! so good solid move to legitimise Syrian Kurds who are at significant odds with Iraqi Kurds....confused? well like I said!!?
    US has definite agenda to pump oil from northern Iraq in Kurdistan for the benefit of Turkey and Israel to keep them happy.....for how long?
  • luka
    viva la revolusion, viva new contry Kurdistan
  • dna1991
    An independent country for Kurds carved out of Turkey. Ottaman empire usurped many areas which were not theirs.
  • beydety
    The Syrian Kurds are the best of all Kurd factions.
  • Mikhas
    Of course the J.P (Squatter News) fails to mention that Kurds from neighbouring Iraq are israels allies (b*tches) and that the Zionazi squatters in occupied Palestine gets a lot of their oil from them mixed with stolen blood-drenched oil from Syria, eagerly exported by mullah Erdogan and his clan via Turkey.

    "israel" and the UShave put their stake on a Kurdistan (vassal) of sorts based on the Iraq-Barzani model, a model the Syrian Kurds doesn´t necessarily subscribe to. They can as far as we know, go for autonomy within Syria, something latest developments, talks with Damascus and as described in this article points to. Wise choice by Putin, again.
  • Kenneth Whittles
    Mr Putin has moved another piece on the chessboard that is the Middle East. Turkey if it is wise will concede. If it does it may salvage a place in the new order.
  • vendor
    Wow, Shmuel Bar thinks alike many Russian right wingers on this website :) Must be brotherly love :)
  • dvdgrg09
    The US "help" to the Kurds is an anti-Russia tactic, while the Russian help to the Kurds appears to be a strategic decision to permanently include them in the regional politics, which is why they are opening an office in Moscow.
  • siberianhusky
    And the American politician keep digging and digging deeper holes for themselves they will never get out. Its like in that kids tale of a scorpion crossing the river on the back of another animal after it promised it not to sting it Never the less it does it any way because as it says, It is in my nature to do it"

    This is America for you, it is in its nature to bomb and beta the crap out of other nations "because it is in its nature to do it"
  • teddy jin reply todvdgrg09(Show commentHide comment)
    dvdgrg09, and it is likely that the russians =- putin

    have already long ago coordinated this with ASSAD and syria - that is; ARAB syria.

    that should the kurds eventually insist on autonomy and even independence. so long as they make good and even friendly relations with ''syria proper":

    russia has BOTH their backs against further attempts by the USA, TURKEY, ISRAEL, WAHABBISTS...

    it's really a win -win for all .

    for if SYRIA had been demolished if russia did not come -- not only would that be so -- but any future chances of good relations with kurds is gone -- and syria would also -- was already losing - lose the OIL -rich kurdistan anyway.

    better -- if it eventually comes to that -- to just let it go

    keep russia's good graces and trust -- as well as that of what will be forever grateful KURDS that will become syria's allies:

    independend or ''autonomous" BUT allies .

    i think this is the background of how putin has balanced BOTH ''arab syria" and the inevitability of a kurdistan . they can always discuss lesser details later once all the matter has stabilized and focus on the BUILDING of their ''countries" along the silk roads - Eurasian Integration etc...

    AND they can both -- arab syria and kurdistan -- can finally look at each other as partners, allies - who SHARED a common dilemma of TERRORISTS against each of them -- and a COMMON challenge that they fought - the destruction of the COMMON THREAT to each of them.

    they would then have a certain special relationship and memory that

    with RUSSIA backing both of them - as well as hezbollah and iran --

    they - each in their separate ''territories" DID fight in a common cause in order to restore stability and bring back the progress and prosperity they can BOTH be partners in.

    it's really all "win-win" as the chinese like to say -- who will THEN POUR MONEY into both syria, kurdistan, - along with the massive rebuilding from the ground up that RUSSIA already had stated when russia started the operation.

    ABOVE ALL -- syria , kurdistan -- will REGAIN their sovereignty WITHOUT COERCION by the USA -

    AND AS NATIVES - along with russia -- iran, etc -- of EURASIA which INCLUDES the middle east --

    such peoples gain the kind of independent STRENGTH that they could not have before RUSSIA came to help them. and boot out the 'AMERICAN BOOTS ON THE FACE OF A HUMAN" .
  • dvdgrg09in reply toteddy j(Show commentHide comment)
    teddy j, the recent threats and actions by Turkey prompted the US to split from the Turkish position, which is a good sign for the Kurds and their future in Syria at least. Russia's commitment has forced the US to choose, and fortunately for everyone they made the right choice in this case.
  • teddy jin reply todvdgrg09(Show commentHide comment)
    dvdgrg09,
    how true.

    another ''behind the scenes"| maneuver by the USA is this:

    the SAUDIS turkey ''together" -- notice how they SUDDENLY enter into the fray with direct attacks (turkey yesterday) on syrian military positions -- that is a DIRECT act of war - army to army - from an outsider to the syrian country.

    the SAUDI'S announcing "assad must go by force " ....

    which country enabled and really created the conditions for this?

    the USA -

    since the USA can NOT DARE to confront the RUSSIAN"SYRIAN partnership

    in what is the ONLY legitimate UNSC , UN sanctioned legitimate actions to defend syria and destroy the ISIL created BY THE USA AND ITS allies...

    the USA needs a MASK behind which to enforce its ORIGINAL and ONLY motive..''assad must go" and take control and ''make the russians illegitimate" once assad goes.

    that can not happen -- but the USA now tries to DISRUPT the consolidation by russia/syria of syrian sovereignty and finishing off the terrorists AND any designs by the USA/TURKEY/SAUDI ARABIA /ISRAEL;
    so what does the USA do?

    do what every COWARD nation does -- HIDE BEHIND the mask of its ''allies"

    who will of course be the ''nation pawns" of the US itself. in the american war against syria, against russia, against iran (in syria) - against eurasia and the middle east.

    this REMAINS AN AMERICAN WAR. with saudi/turkish faces

    REGARDLESS of the ''appearance" of ''disagreement with turkey" -...

    the SILENCE of the USA about the SAUDI/TURKISH ILLEGAL actions towards and inside SYRIA --

    REFLECTS the fact that THE USA -- WERE IT TO ENTER OR EVEN CONTINUE any of its ''sorties" or ANY presence at all -- is ILLEGAL AND CRIMINAL.

    so it hides behind the ILLEGAL actions of turkey and saudi arabia.

    SO LONG AS DISRUPTION OF THE RUSSIAN OPERATION stays.

    it's an american war with ''local faces"

    make no mistake about that.
  • armorin reply toteddy j(Show commentHide comment)
    teddy j, thank you....
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