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    There is no such thing as "moderate opposition" in Syria, French academic Thomas Flichy de la Neuville told Sputnik, adding that it is Bashar al-Assad who is now representing the people of Syria.

    French historian Thomas Flichy de la Neuville, professor of International relations in Saint-Cyr's military academy and researcher in the Roland Mousnier Centre calls attention to the fact that there is no such thing as "moderate opposition" in Syria, if there was any it would have been nevertheless suppressed by radicals.

    "Russia's involvement in the Syrian conflict is not aimed at strengthening the regime of Bashar al-Assad. It is a part of a clear diplomatic strategy which envisages the eradication of the Islamic State, or at least its containment. In order to halt ISIL's advance Russia can count only upon the Islamic State's deadly enemies, such as Iran and Syria. I believe that one should not muddle Syria's domestic issues with Russia's geopolitical objectives," Neuville told Sputnik.

    In this image posted on Thursday, Oct. 8, 2015, by the Rased News Network, a Facebook page affiliated with Islamic State, shows Islamic State militants preparing to fire a mortar to shell towards Syrian government forces positions at Tal Arn in Aleppo province, Syria
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    According to the professor, Syria's internal balance of power is absolutely transparent: President Bashar al-Assad has won an overwhelming majority in Syria and enjoys wide public support. "So far, it would be futile to collaborate with forces which do not represent Syria and its population. We are facing a real war and we would gain nothing in terms of geopolitics, if we appeal to the people who do not represent the interests of Syrians," he said.

    "The only politician, who is able to form a national unity government, is Bashar al-Assad," the professor emphasized.

    In contrast, the "pseudo-leadership" which is dying to replace the present Syrian government has no influence on the current situation in the country, Neuville elaborated, adding that those who talk about the necessity of a regime change in Syria are missing the point.

    Commenting on the European Union's attitude to the ongoing Syrian crisis the academic pointed out that the absence of an independent foreign policy is now EU's key feature.

    According to Neuville, the powers which are currently playing the first fiddle in the Middle Eastern region are likely to sustain their status quo.

    "If we compare Russia's [counter-terror] operation with its dozens of strikes per week with one strike a week carried out by France, it is easy to guess who will preserve its influence in the region," the academic remarked.

    Neuville dismissed the assumption that the so-called "moderate" rebels constitute an anti-Assad opposition.

    "There is no moderate opposition [in Syria]," he explained, "If there was any it would have been suppressed by Islamists long ago; its [opposition's] political goals are as violent as those of the Islamic State."

    The views and opinions expressed in the article do not necessarily reflect those of Sputnik.


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