Tuesday, March 15, 2016

‘Russia Changed Syria Conflict Dynamics’ – Abayomi Azikiwe, Pan-African News Wire Editor Says
March 15, 2016

The current situation in Syria provides “more promise for some type of political settlement” to the conflict than it was six months ago prior to intervention by Russia,” believes Abayomi Azikiwe, an editor of the Pan-African News Wire.

“The air campaign has changed the whole dynamics of the situation in Syria, throughout the entire Middle Eastern region. And this is a very very positive development as far as international peace is concerned,” Azikiwe told RT. “We have seen in the last two weeks as successful cessation of the hostilities. The situation in Damascus and other parts of the country is far different today than it was in September of last year.”

“The results of [the Russian strikes] have been enormous,” he added. “They have been able to destruct the supply lines, a lot of the economic bases for the strength of the Islamic State and other armed opposition groups to president Bashar Assad. They have been heavily degraded. So therefore the process is well underway in reestablishing Damascus as the central authority inside the Syria itself.”

“We also have to acknowledge the fact that there is an effort for a comprehensive political settlement. Now whether or not that is going to be realized has a lot to do with the role of the US, of Britain, as well as these armed opposition groups inside of Syria itself… This is going to put pressure particularly on the United States, on Britain and on NATO countries to come up with some type of compromised agreement,” Azikiwe said.

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