Did Putin’s Russia just obliterate decades of US lawlessness in the Middle East?
Washington has not gotten away with an “Arab spring”, in Syria, as Russia has clearly shown that it will not allow the United States to overthrow any leader who refuses to act on their orders, writes the Financial Times.
Syrian government troops supported by Russian aviation made a major breakthrough in Aleppo, and now it is safe to say that Moscow has all the chances to reverse the course of the conflict, the newspaper notes. If the forces of Assad are taking Aleppo, Moscow in talks on a ceasefire on Friday in Munich, will be able to play their most powerful cards.
Ending one of the bloodiest conflicts in recent years, Russia will be able to put the settlement of the Syrian crisis at the top of its major foreign policy victories. Firstly, in September, when Russia began airforce operations in Syria, it showed that, along with the United States, it is a nation with significant influence in the Middle East.
Also, by actively participating in events on the international scene, Moscow is regaining the strategic initiative, which it lost to the West in the first years after the end of the Cold war, and forced
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