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Recently announced by the US President Donald trump the withdrawal of us military from the North of Syria secured for Russia the status of a dominant military force, actively involved in the conflict in the middle East. About it writes edition The Times of Israel.
It is noted that many officials in Israel are concerned that the USA left the region. According to them, the decision trump could give courage to the enemies of Israel in Iran, Libya, Syria and the Gaza strip. In addition, the Israeli side believes that Moscow can use rockets of a class “earth-air” against Israeli planes attacking Iran’s position in Syria. It is expected that this will be the end of the campaign, Israel aims to prevent Iran to gain a foothold in the Israeli border.
While others see in a new leadership role for Russia to prevent the escalation of conflict between Israel and Iran. Experts interviewed by the publication, I believe that, to analyze the consequences of the new balance of forces for Jerusalem, you must first understand why Moscow is interested in the middle East. It is noted that the views of many experts on this issue differ. Among the possible versions of the desire to once again make Russia a great power; to reduce U.S. influence; to play the “middle East map” to the conflict with Ukraine; testing developed in recent years weapons; support of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, so as to show that Russia is not abandoning his allies; to fight with jihadists in Syria and in the Caucasus.
Former Israeli Ambassador to the US Michael Oren said that Jerusalem must accept the fact that the balance of power in the middle East has changed. He stressed that while the Israeli side can not pretend that Russia will become her ally, but we should not declare it an enemy. “We can reach a modus vivendi with them (lat. a way of existence — approx. “Of the tape.ru”) “—he concluded.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan announced the beginning of military operations in Syria on October 9. It was called “the Source of peace”, its task is to combat the Kurdistan workers ‘ party (PKK, banned in Turkey as a terrorist) and the “Islamic state” (IG, is prohibited in Russia). The operation is performed together with the formation of the free Syrian army.
The United States refused to support the Kurds in their actions against Ankara, and brought from Syria troops. The fighters of the Kurdish “Democratic forces of Syria” (DSS), usually backed by Washington, called it a “stab in the back”. After the decision of the us leader Donald trump, many media called the President of Russia Vladimir Putin the new owner of the Middle East.
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