Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Putin Taught America a Lesson of Multipolarity

The US refused Bashar al-Assad's removal, as John Kerry claimed. He also admitted that the White House's policy failed. Boris Mezhuev, political scientist and Professor at the Russian Academy of Sciences told Pravda.Ru in an interview whether it can be considered as Putin's triumph.

According to him, Russia's consistency played an important role in the Syrian issue. "Russia yielded to no persuasions of stupid advisers concerning the Assad's surrender. It maintained unity with Assad, and that is the only guarantee to establish relationship with the US," Mezhuev noted.

The expert added that there can be traced the methodology of Russian victory, which is not to surrender anybody and not to discard trumps in any case.

"It is clear that one should keep to hard, strong stance. Moreover, there could be observed predictability of the allies. Russia maintained its legal relations with everyone it wanted to and did not quarreled with any of the influential players in the region. It fell out neither with the Saudi Arabia, nor Israel, Turkey, Egypt.

Such a diplomacy showed that Russia is the most compromise force. With China such an alliance is not possible. Putin showed manliness and persuasiveness, as proving his point of view," Boris Mezhuev told Pravda.Ru.

He also noted that the policy of pulling chestnuts out of the fire had failed.

The main issue now is not to let the IS enlargement. An alternative coalition of former IS sponsors may wait in the wings, and launch a great war in the Middle East after the threat, i.e. the IS leaves.

It was a striking lesson of multipolarity for the US, a lot of things will happen in America, and they will be amazed. It will be just another world, that will remind of the state of war, but specifically in this region. That is, peace is based on multipolar relations but not on the fact that "we have friends in the Saudi Arabia, and we listen only to them," the political scientist concluded.


There is no military solution to Syrian crisis


The crisis in the Middle East has brought tens of thousands of refugees from Syria, Libya and Iraq to Europe. Syria is the main hotspot in the Middle East today. A military solution to the Syrian conflict does not exist - Bashar Assad's army would have destroyed all militants long ago otherwise, Orientalist Said Gafurov said in an interview with Pravda.Ru.

Refugee crisis in Europe triggered by Turkey

"Current TV reports are all about the refugee crisis in Europe. Crowds of refugees in European countries, piles of garbage in the streets and frightened Europeans who, in fact, have never been able to protect themselves. Is it a new wave of the great migration of people?"

"This is a very serious crisis, of course, but the the current amount of refugees is not dangerous to Europe yet. Some predict that their number may grow to one million people, though. In Russia, however, we have two million officially registered Ukrainian refugees."

"Don't you think that the refugees from Ukraine in Russia are very much different from the refugees that Europe is dealing with right now? It goes about language, their lifestyle and mentality. People have been migrating to Europe from those regions for decades. Today, there is a crowd of them migrating, and they do not know either local European traditions or European languages - they only want something."

"The Syrians say that the current events in Europe are a part of a deliberately organized action. All the refugees that have been flowing into Europe are coming from refugee camps in Europe. Most likely, it was the Turkish government who started all this. Turkey can not afford maintaining refugee camps. The Turks have actually started a war on two fronts: with the Islamic State and the Kurds. They do not need the problem of the refugees."

"Does Europe need this problem? People go to Europe without any belongings - they do not even have warm clothes."

"The Syrians, like all people, have their flaws. However, Syria has always been a "crossroads of the world." History has taught them how to be polite, how to learn to coexist with other nations, nationalities and religions. But I assure you, the Syrians quickly learn to adapt themselves to new conditions. According to official data, there are 100,000 Syrians living in Moscow today - does anyone notice that?"

"Against the background of the refugee crisis, everyone has suddenly discovered that "Europe without borders" is nothing more but a nice myth. In fact, Europe is fragmented, embittered, and everyone is blaming each other for what is happening."

"Migrants are cheap labor force. The Syrians and Libyans will certainly work for lower wages, without trade unions.

Does Russia take part in the Syrian conflict?

"A Ukrainian website has recently reported that Russia has already started receiving coffins with the bodies of Russian soldiers, who were killed in Syria. The Ukrainian media are in no way a reliable source of information. The question is - does Russia take part in the combat actions in Syria?"

"Someone said: "We are not crazy to go into Syria." There is no military solution to the Syrian crisis. The Syrian army, in its current state, is capable of destroying any city. Yet, this is not the goal for the Syrian leadership. The Syrian administration wants to solve the crisis by political means. A war in this case is a tool to create conditions for a political settlement.

"Of course, there are Russian specialists in Syria today. Russia has been cooperating with Syria for decades. Russian experts maintain Russian-made equipment in Syria and train the Syrian military. Still, there are no regular Russian troops in Syria. The rumors about the coffins appeared after the meeting with representatives of the Syrian opposition in Moscow. That was a breakthrough meeting. The UN set up four workgroups, in which all representatives of the current opposition will be represented. That was a huge diplomatic success of Russia, which, of course, they had to defame.

"Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov asked his US counterpart Secretary of State John Kerry why Washington considered Bashar Assad an illegitimate president. For some reason, when the US was signing the treaty for the destruction of chemical weapons with Syria, Assad was a legitimate president for the US administration.

"The essence of the Syrian problem is that during a direct, open and honest election, Assad gets sixty or seventy percent of the vote and becomes the winner in the first round already. Yet, the remaining 30 percent do not want to see him as president at all. The split in the Syrian society is so strong that people are ready to shoot each other. The country needs reforms, and Assad does not deny it.

The following year, Syria will hold parliamentary elections, and the opposition demands the government should be formed by the parliament, but not the president. The Syrian leadership does not mind delegating a part of the powers of the president to the parliament and the government."

Interview conducted by Inna Novikova

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