The emerging situation in the world indicates the West is ready to start moving towards Russia, Tony Brenton told in an interview to RT.
He pointed out that idea of suspension of relations with Russia in the West was caused by the Ukraine crisis.
“We’ve demonstrated our discontent. Now and I’d rather hope that over time we’ll begin to move back to more normal relationship,” Brenton said.
From day one of the conflict the Western countries were against Bashar al Assad staying in power, but now they agree he should resign within a determined period of time and it means that relative progress has been done in this regard, Brenton added.
“[W]e also agree with Russia that we don’t want Assad go in the way, which leaves us in a total mess and Islamist takeover. So there is a lot of common ground there.”
In the West for a long time many cherished illusions that there are some moderate forces which could lead the way in the country once Assad was ousted. However, it’s become obvious ISIL has a very strong influence in the region.
According to Brenton, so-called “moderate” rebels include Free Syrian Army, which remain linked to extremist groups like ISIL and al-Nusra Front, a subdivision of al-Qaeda. And it would be difficult to figure out, which of them are “good guys,” deserving to rule the country during the transition period.