At what price may Putin sell President Assad out?

By Political Analyst Alexander Nazarov

One often encounters a stream of  articles, analyses and/or op-eds run by Arab press, especially the ones published or funded by Gulf states,  promoting the idea that Moscow is ‘bargaining’ to get a higher price for its political posture.

The authors of such stuff argue that Moscow would sell out its political posture once a certain price or other convenient  interests  are offered in exchange.

We, in Russia, have a common saying: “Each one judges others according to own qualities”. Hence, it is extremely difficult for those who practice bargaining as a tradition or who habitually buy and sell political positions to conceive that others  have different motives  behind their political positions. Hence comes the essential need to analyze the core motives behind Russia’s foreign policy.

The CIA hand in spreading chaos across the Middle East is self-evident and too clear for everyone to even try to clarify. On the opposite end of that, Russia  is deeply interested  in stabilizing the region and maintaining security and stability.

The potential success by the terrorist Caliphate would pose a serious threat to Russia because it would entail the possibility of exporting destabilization to Russia, itself, as well.

Syria is just a small corner of this vast world. In this spot, Russia is facing and trying to tackle this mess and destruction.

But Russia, unfortunately, does not have many allies on board willing to join her war against mess and devastation, not even  in the Middle East itself, whose countries are supposed to be most concerned for regional security and stability.

Oddly enough, we see the contrary taking place. We see how some Arab countries are igniting fires and enflaming strife at the doorsteps of their neighbors, without reckoning that the flames of fire would spread out to their own homelands.

It is very difficult to persuade anyone that Russia does not betray allies because it upholds noble principles and noble values.

To them, being “noble” is in itself questionable in the light of its potential usefulness and/or practically rewarding.

On the other hand, the United States has betrayed its closest  allies: Mubarak of Egypt and the Kurds. It has no real  allies in the Middle East except for Israel.

But even with  this specific peculiar alliance one can hardly determine which of them is the main and which is the auxiliary; who follows whom or who is a vassal of the other.

The United States  is prepared to let down, dump, betray or replace any of its allies. It would not bother  bit nor bat an eye lid about it for a moment.

In the meantime, Russia has not let Assad down even in the darkest moment. By doing so, Russia would only get a real and genuine ally, but also demonstrates an example to the Arabs to  show them the difference between the kind of  relations she maintains with allies and that of the United States. It shows how Russia treats her allies and how the US does.

The difference is simply huge. This might be the reason why hired pens in the US and in the Arab press try to belittle this difference and refuse to shine light on it.

But, well,  there is a bribe that  Russia might accept to give up Syria. There is a bribe to be offered to Russia to withdraw its planes and not to help in the fight against the terrorists. This bribe is that no other country would intervene in Syria’s affairs.

It is when the United States abandons the aggression it is waging on the entire world. It is that the West abides by international norms and conventions and stop the illegal provocations and air raids on the Syrian territories.

In brief, for Moscow to stop supporting Assad, others should stop supporting those who are hell-bent to isolate and/or topple him.

At the end of the day, Russia has always been urging all parties of the crisis to maintain dialogue without pre-conditions and without any foreign intervention.

Russia’s standpoint can be summed up by its considerate concern for the interests of all parties. Until this condition is met, the  price for Russia’s abandoning  support for the fair and just settlement in Syria is almost  equal to her abandoning own national security.

This is a glaringly clear  truth. It is shining like the sun, yet it is beyond the grasp or the imagination of those who write about moneys.

The source: Translation into English of an article published by RT Arabic.



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