Syria pays the price of vested interests
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Syria pays the price of vested interests

Date: 2016-08-22 15:24
Despite all the complexities in the Middle East, the Syrian crisis remains the most intertwined and the most complex and at the same time the key to resolving the rest of the crises in the area.

After more than five years into the Syrian Revolution, day after day more of the hypocrisy or the international community is revealed. The only understandable language of the international community organizations is their interests (oil, water, land, gas…). The UN Security Council is used ad libitum – at each party’s pleasure− and deactivates according to these interests, by opening their eyes to the rights of tigers in the temples of Burma, but closing them and condoning modern Hiroshima represented by Aleppo.

In the past days, we have witnessed many international movements linked to the Syrian crisis, with the most important of them the visit of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan to Moscow and his meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin. The two, after signing several economic agreements, proceeded to a closed session to discuss the Syrian crisis. This session lasted for more than two and a half hours without making any press statement on its results. A Russian source stressed to me that the two leaders did not reach a final solution with regard to the Syrian crisis, but they agreed on: (a) the unity of the Syrian territories; (b) total rejection of the establishment of a Kurdish entity in northern Syria; (c) emphasis on the need for cooperation of the two countries to face the US plan for Syria; (d) full support of Russia to the Turkish leadership regarding the enormous propaganda that the Western media have launched against the Turkish President and his moves after the coup.

Despite all the rhetoric from Turkish and Russian officials to closely resolve the Syrian crisis and the fact that they already set the lines for a Syrian road map, current events within Syria and especially Aleppo prove the opposite. Russia intensified its bombardment, and the number of air strikes on northern Syria, while the Turks, according to the leaks, have increased their support of the Syrian opposition. The question here is “where are the Americans in all that is being plotted?”

US administration, under the leadership of Barack Obama, reached its last days in the White House. The result of this is its limited role in international conflicts. This was the biggest incentive of Russia to the persistence of its military role within Syria, and the deterioration of the Turkish-American relations after the failed coup on the 15th of July. Increased tensions between the two countries led to the transfer of US nuclear weapons from the Turkish Incirlik base to Romania, which confirms that things reached a breaking point between them. All this contributed to the almost entire absence of US role in Syrian issues, narrowed down to controlling and supporting the Kurdish militias (YPG, PYD, SDF). In the midst of these changes, Turkish-Russian meeting aims to push the Americans away from the Syrian arena, while the US administration is trying to keep wasting more time until the new one begins its work in the White House.

Despite the importance of the Russians’ use of Hamadan base in Iran, the only impact of this move on the ground is the increase of violence and massacres. 

From my point of view, the only change that will be introduced to the Syrian arena after the Russian-Turkish and Iranian-Turkish meetings will be linked to the Kurds in northern Syria, while on the ground, the Russian side is still sticking with Assad, the Turkish side will not abandon the Syrian opposition, and things will become more complex, yet hope will remain. After all, Omran, the 3-year-old child, is still alive.
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Eva J. Koulouriotis is a Greek political analyst specialized in the Middle East. She has studied Economics, Public Policy and Business Administration. She is a member of the Greek political party of “Nea Demokratia”, head of the Women’s entrepreneurship section. Twitter: @evacool_f; Facebook: @evakoulouriotis

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