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    Game Changer: Russia’s Actions Drastically Changed Situation in Syria

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    Russia’s military capabilities displayed during the military operation against Daesh in Syria “were a shock to the US”, head of Russian upper house of parliament’s International Committee Alexei Pushkov said.

    "I’m certain that the military capabilities displayed by Russia were a shock to the US which apparently believed that only the United States and NATO can wage such a war," Pushkov told Rossiyskaya Gazeta newspaper.

    According to Pushkov, the reaction of many of the US presidential candidates who demand to punish Russia serves as proof of his conjecture. The US elite acts offended and appears perplexed by this development, as Russia’s actions have drastically changed the situation in Syria, he added.

    Furthermore, the Russian military operation against Daesh in Syria also managed to upset Erdogan’s plans as Turkey sought to use the terrorist movement "as a tool to spread its influence across the Middle East," Pushkov said.

    "When our Aerospace Forces targeted that mechanism (the Daesh oil exports), Erdogan became nervous and made an absolutely inadequate, reckless and purely reflexive decision," Pushkov said regarding the downing of a Russian Su-24 attack aircraft in Syria by Turkish forces.

    Russia has been launching airstrikes against Daesh targets in Syria at the request of Syrian President Bashar Assad since late September. Russia has also called for the creation of a broad anti-Daesh coalition.


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