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'One Must Be Blind Not to Realize That Russia is Defending Europe in Syria'

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The threat to European interests in the Middle East comes not from Russia, but from Turkey and Saudi Arabia, says French Middle East expert Roland Lombardi. Ankara in particular has a great deal to lose, and in its desperation might try to pull NATO into a reckless military campaign against Russia, the analyst warns.

Interviewed by France's Atlantico news website, Lombardi, an independent consultant and analyst specializing in the Middle East, suggested that the goals Moscow is pursuing in Syria do not pose a threat to the West, but on the contrary, are protecting European interests.

The Russian air operation in Syria, in the analyst's view, has three objectives: a) to see Russia become a regional or even global power through a successful demonstration of its ability to resolve conflicts in the Middle East; b) to support the Syrian government "so that it will eventually become de facto the single bulwark against Al-Qaeda and Daesh (ISIL)," and c) to fight against radical Islamism, which poses a threat not only to the region, but to Russia and its 20 million-strong Muslim community as well.

"Which of these objectives are a threat to the West?" Lombardi bluntly asked. "One must be either blind or a complete idiot not to notice that, when Russia defends its interests in the Middle East, it is simultaneously defending the interests of Europe, and particularly those of France," the analyst bitingly added.

"Is it necessary to recall that the terrorists who struck France in 2015 were not obeying orders from Moscow? Or that it was not Russia that funded or supported some Salafist imams from the Muslim Brotherhood to preach violence and hatred in our nation in some French mosques?"

France's diplomats, Lombardi notes, "quickly forget that the Russians were the first to support our intervention in Mali in 2013! More recently, who was it that offered their support when we sent our fleet and aircraft to the eastern Mediterranean in retaliation for the November bombings? Again, it was the Russians!"

"Let's not deceive ourselves," the analyst says. "Today, the only threats to the world order are our 'allies' – the Turks and the Saudis; the same people whose double game with some terrorist and jihadist groups has appeared out in the open; the same people who still want to install the Salafists or the Muslim Brotherhood in Damascus and in all the Arab capitals affected by the Arab Spring."

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's dream of becoming the neo-sultan of a neo-Ottoman empire has been fading before his eyes, Lombardi warns. Facing growing international isolation, Ankara is supported in its Syria policy only by Saudi Arabia. And here, more and more frustrated, the world is in danger of a Turkey attempting to involve NATO in a war against Russia. 

"Tensions between Turkey and Russia have reached unprecedented levels over Syria…Ankara and Riyadh are increasingly isolated on this issue (even Qatar has left the game). They are the big losers – Turkey especially. This is why in a reckless, headlong rush bordering on panic, the Turks, supported by the Saudis, have threatened to intervene in Syria – less to tackle Daesh than to 'save' their protégés and to hit the Kurds (who are our brave and valuable allies against Daesh)."

"In blocking the current negotiations," Lombardi notes, Turkey is "paradoxically allowing the Russians to gain time to shell all of Bashar Assad's opponents, without distinction. Thus, frustrated, angry and feeling abandoned by the Americans, Ankara might act unpredictably. The danger is that Erdogan might decide to [openly] cross the Syrian border with his army."

"Such a move would never receive a mandate from the UN Security Council (where Russia and China have the right of veto). He [Erdogan] expects an escalation, and an error on Russia's part, in order to evoke Article 5 of the NATO charter, which would force the alliance to help him, and which, incidentally, would be catastrophic. Serious provocations, along the lines of the downed Russian jet last year, must be expected. Hopefully, the Russians will not fall into a trap, and keep their cool. And we must hope, above all, that the Americans, one way or another, succeed in returning their turbulent 'ally' to reason."

Ultimately, Lombardi concludes, "in Syria, whether we like it or not, the solution proposed by Russia is the most serious, the most reasonable, and corresponding to common interests."

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  • Marques rouges
    Yes, but the globalists' plan is to DESTROY Europe as we know it, not to defend it !

    Merkel and Juncker won the Coudenhove-Kalergi prize : Kalergi wanted a new Europe, without borders, where the local people would be replaced by new mixed and colored race, with the "new aristocracy", the Jews, as leaders ! These are Kalergi own words, you can google it, his book is titled Practical Idealism.

    Obviously, as of today, the plan is well advanced !
  • Mikhas
    The EUrofags are more interested in defending US´s interests than their own.
    well, that and shooting themselves in one foot, while jumping around on the other.
  • Porkbelly Porkerpig
    Sometimes, being blind and stupid isn't all that easy.
    It takes a lot of power and influence to deny the truth.
  • motherland101
    Pure and simple=Russia is in Syria to defend its own interest. No altruism there at all. You must be blind to not see that.
  • siberianhusky
    And France HAD such great leaders as Charles de Gaulle. Where have to gone too ?
    Will they give Marine Le Pin a chance to give France a rebirth and dignity ?
  • rogertidy
    Islamic terrorism is a threat to all European countries, including Russia. Therefore, in combating terrorism in Syria, Russia is standing up not only for itself but for the whole of Europe.

    I agree with the author on the dangers posed by Saudi Arabia and Turkey. However, the main culprit responsible for the present tensions in the Middle East is the United States. Its invasion of Iraq destabilised the whole region. Moreover, the war in Syria was provoked by the US, using local Sunni extremists as its fifth column. US general Wesley Clark has pointed out that there was a US plan to overthrow the Syrian government as long ago as a few months after 9/11, which of course had nothing to do with either Syria or Iraq.

    Whether it is Iraq, Syria, Libya or many other countries, US aggression and subversion brings only war, misery and the break-up of formerly united sovereign states.
  • The problem is the synagogue of satan is in charge of the MSM and BBC,etc. The people are being wound up against Russia and Putin EVERYDAY, with very cunning articles and posts. The internet remains the only force against these devils who are fomenting mass hysteria against the resistance to the neocohens and NWO.
  • in reply tosiberianhusky(Show commentHide comment)
    siberianhusky, Bernard Henry Levys are trying to con Garcon into accepting they are the new de Gaulle !!
  • jimbogoofball
    I have heard much about this article 5. However I have no idea what it says or is supposed to do. When will nato tell us all in the world whether or not they will help erdo. If they would step up and say either we help him or not. Can they help erdo if the Syrians fire back at them? How can that be? If they are allowed to keep fingering the world and we all have to sit here and dont know if this nato will take on Mister Putin? My limited education tells me that they can not. So why dont the Syrians fight back and stop the shells coming in from turkz? We just need to know where nato stands in this nightmare they started and now see they can not do. Thank you Mister Putin.
  • Mother Gorilla
    The Europeans are much too involved with themselves, Grexit, Brexit, LePenists etc., and in the second line with America, the issues of TTIP, how to get the most advantageous trade deals... If the refugees had not come, they wouldn't know the Middle East even existed, let alone Africa. So, that is why they wouldn't have noticed Russia's good works.
    On the other hand, the East Europeans attract their attention to Russia's supposed evil deeds in Ukraine or the Caucasus. Sometimes a bear at the door is a welcome deflection from internal problems.
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