After nearly a month of conducting daily airstrikes, Russia is beginning to reveal its political and strategic intent in Syria. Russia is playing a major role in the new round of talks in Vienna for a political solution in Syria.
“There is a growing sense among the diplomats and politicians of the Middle East and the West, that Russia has a better chance than most to combine its increased influence to end the Syrian conflict,” Pakistani newspaper the Daily Times reported.
Israel, Iraq and Egypt are actively developing cooperation with Russia. These countries, perhaps, do not entirely approve of the actions of Russia in the region but they are very impressed with the way in which Vladimir Putin has managed to pinprick the Americans.
The situation in Syria has significantly improved Russia’s ties with Iran, Turkey and Saudi Arabia despite the fact that Turkey and Saudi Arabia are at odds with Russia, largely because Russia’s intervention now complicates their strategic objectives in the region.
However, Turkey needs Russia more than vice versa and Saudi Arabia, despite their dissatisfaction, hopes for cooperation with Russia. “In this regard, Russia has managed to neutralize the critics from the Middle East,” the author concluded.