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Politico: Putin gets bogged down in Syria

Michael Crowley

«Against the backdrop of the visit of U.S. Secretary of state John Kerry to Moscow next week in order to meet with Vladimir Putin, American and Israeli officials assert that Putin’s intervention in Syria shows less effective results than hoped Russian President. This may force Putin to be more willing to cooperate with the U.S. in their efforts to stop the civil war in Syria,» writes Politico.

Putin hoped that his intervention at the end of September will lead to strong three-month offensive, will result in large territorial gains by the Syrian regime, according to Israeli defense Minister Moshe Aalana.

«The whole idea of the Russian presence in Syria is to launch an offensive, said ya’alon. Seems it’s failed.»

According to the analyst of the research center Institute for the Study of War (Washington) Chris Kozak, Russia achieved their «priority objectives», loosening the tempo of the offensive of the rebels and saving the regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

Now Putin has faced protracted battles and, according to some sources, tensions in relations with its allies in the Syrian theater of military operations, the author notes Michael Crowley.

According to Western sources, there are indications that Iran suffered significant losses, including the deaths of several senior commanders of the Islamic revolutionary guard Corps, brought more than half of its forces, which attests to the failure of his plans, and perhaps the tensions in its relations with Moscow on strategic issues is increasing.

Kerry hopes to discuss these issues with Putin and Russian foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, when will you come to Moscow. «This suggests that the debate in the administration about whether to isolate or enable the Russian leader in the diplomatic process, has strongly tilted towards the latter option,» — says the author.

Kerry also will try to persuade Russia to participate in the next round of Syrian peace talks, which the Obama administration wants to organize in new York on 18 December, says the publication.

«Despite talk about the failures of the Syrian campaign of Putin and some Russia experts doubt that the Russian President is of great concern,» writes Crowley.

The Director of the Kennan Institute at the Wilson Center Matthew Rojansky believes that if Putin is in a bad mood, then this is not the situation on the Syrian front, and the fact that Turkey had shot down his plane, and also a statement last week that NATO invite Montenegro to join the Alliance.

«And then, and more will the response, — said Rojansky. — Can’t say what exactly, but serious.»

Politico: Putin gets bogged down in Syria 11.12.2015

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