Saturday, October 15, 2016

Are The Russians - Syrians Trying To Drive The Rebels Out Of Aleppo Before The Next U.S. President Formally Takes The Office?

Russian President Vladimir Putin (R) shakes hands with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad during a meeting at the Kremlin in Moscow, Russia, October 20, 2015. REUTERS/Alexei Druzhinin/RIA Novosti/Kremlin

Bloomberg: Putin Aims to Lock In Syrian Gains Before New U.S. President

* Escalation continues even as diplomats gather in Switzerland
* ‘Once there is no ammunition, there is no war,’ lawmaker says

President Vladimir Putin is seeking to lock in gains from the Syrian battlefield, where forces backed by Moscow are laying siege to the city of Aleppo, before a new U.S. president takes office in January, according to top lawmakers in Moscow.

Russia is pressing on with an offensive aimed at capturing Aleppo, once Syria’s biggest city and commercial capital, within a matter of months as the U.S and its allies consider increased arms deliveries to rebels fighting President Bashar al-Assad’s forces. The Kremlin has rejected pressure to halt the bombardment of Aleppo, where 250,000 civilians are trapped in what aid groups and the United Nations have called a humanitarian disaster.

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WNU Editor: The world does not revolve around U.S. elections. The military strategy that is being implemented in Syria (if there is a strategy) will not stop because of what happens in the U.S., and regardless of who becomes the next U.S. President.


B.Poster said...

Puytin ould care less about who the next US president is with regards to Syria. In other words, he's not going to stop trying to eliminate all opposition to Assad just because a new POTUS assumes office.

I could not have expressed your editor comment any better than you did. While I suspect Mr. Putin would prefer Mr. Trump as under a Trump Administration there seems a greater prospect of deals on Ukraine, lifting of sanctions, joint action on fighting ISIS, and other things important to both countries.

That is assuming he really wants peace with America. If instead his hatred toward America is visceral to the point of wanting to carry out genocide against the American people, there would be no amount of American policy changes that could lead to better relations.

The world definitely does not "revovle" around US Presidential elections. Definitely not Russia. Russia and Putin's goals and objectives in Syria are not going to change no matter who the next POTUS is.

In fact, Americans give the election little thought. Most Americans are far to busy just trying to survive to spend much time thinking about it. I'm sure most people in the world spend even less time thinking about the current or future US president than Americans do.

Stephen Davenport said...

True but the US response will different than the current administration regardless of who wins the US election. The rules will change.