For Europe, it is now crucial to settle the Syrian crisis only through diplomatic mechanisms which, in turn, require Russia’s involvement in the peace process.
"With the mounting refugee problem to cope with – on top of the Greek debt crisis, et al – Europe also wants to put Ukraine on the backburner. Kiev is already sensing the dull roar of a European retreat from Ukraine," he wrote.
"Conceivably, both Europe and Russia would at some point begin to visualize – that is, if they haven’t already – that the conflicts in Ukraine and Syria are joined at the hips politically insofar as an altogether different mindset riveted on shared interests and common concerns has become necessary to resolve them," Melkulangara Bhadrakumar added.
What is more, as the Ukrainian conflict gradually de-escalates Russia and the EU are taking steps to strengthen their ties under the so-called "Normandy format".
Bhardakumar proved the assumption with a set of major energy deals struck during the recent Eastern Economic Forum between Russia’s Gazprom and European energy companies, including E.ON, Royal Dutch Shell, OMV and Wintershall.
"Most certainly, Russia’s position on Syria is much stronger today than at any time in the past year or two. For one thing, the tensions over Ukraine are easing, the ceasefire is holding and the focus is now on the diplomatic track. The beating of war drums between Russia and NATO has all but died down, too. Suffice it to say, Russia has the space today to accelerate its politico-military thrust in Syria," the author explained.
Taking into account the changes, Syrian President Bashar Assad is in no danger of being removed from power, according to the expert.
As a result, a meeting between Russian President Vladimir Putin and his American counterpart Barack Obama during the UN General Assembly in New York is inevitable, Bhardakumar presumed.
The current developments in the Syrian crisis require constructive dialogue between Moscow and Washington, he added.
According to the analyst, if the two leaders meet in New York this would be a starting point to restore close contacts between Russia and the US and may result in a reset in their relations. The current situation in Ukraine and Syria would encourage the process.