"Some say that if Donald Trump wins, it will be better. It clearly won't," the expert wrote for RIA Novosti. "It's not because Trump is lying when he says that he wants to promote constructive dialogue with Russia. His entourage will not let him."
Indeed, several high-ranking military officials in the US have placed Russia as a top threat for Washington and its allies. For Filippov, this is a clear indication that Moscow is targeted because it stands in the way of America's global dominance.
This is not to say that Russia and the US are not working together to bring lasting peace to Syria, but this cooperation has been limited. Moscow and Washington played a major role in kick starting the UN-backed peace process in the fall of 2015. Both countries brokered a nationwide ceasefire that has largely held since February.
"The ceasefire has been observed in most provinces of the Syrian Arab Republic," the Russian Centre for reconciliation of opposing sides in the Syrian Arab Republic confirmed in its latest report released on Monday.
However, earlier this month, Russian President Vladimir Putin and his US counterpart reaffirmed their readiness to step up coordination of American and Russian military activities in Syria.
In addition, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and US State Secretary John Kerry reached a deal aimed at enhancing the fragile ceasefire regime in Syria. They also agreed to work together on tackling al-Nusra Front, al-Qaeda's offshoot in the war-torn Arab country, although the details of this agreement have not been made public.