Russian, US Relationship In Syria Remains Complicated
of the Brookings Institution argue against any inclination by the US to try to lessen or halt Russia’s involvement.
They believe that the low standing in the Middle East and the large number who doubt American claims that we are in the region to combat ISIS makes opposition to Russia a dangerous game. Conversely, the US cannot endorse the Russian missions because that would be a tacit approval and effective endorsement of Syrian dictator Bashir al Assad.
“There is another option: the United States and Europe should reject all calls to pour more fuel on the fire. Instead, they should work with Russia, and Iran, and Turkey to cut the flow of weapons into Syria,” the pair write in Foreign Affairs. Russia is offering the US “far broader cooperation” than merely the coordination of air strikes in order to fight Islamic State in Syria, but Washington is not ready to accept it, the Russian Defense Ministry has stated.