The United States is forced to deal with growing competition from Russia and China across the Middle East after the defeat of the «Islamic state», reported Tuesday to the American parliamentarians, a senior us official. The head of the U.S. Central command (Centcom), General Joseph Votel outlined what measures these «great» countries have adopted to spread its military and political influence, challenging us interests from Syria to Afghanistan,» writes Missy Ryan in The Washington Post.
«Describing the main problems faced by the American army in the region, Votel focused, in his words, Moscow’s attempts to monopolize the events in Syria, where the course of the exhausting civil conflict has changed due to Russian military intervention in 2015, says the article. – Although President Vladimir Putin in December announced the withdrawal of Russian troops from Syria, Moscow has continued to provide Syrian President Bashar al-Assad with military support, which enabled his government to fight to reclaim regions under the control of the opposition.»
In Syria, according to Votel «Moscow plays the role of arsonist and fireman at the same time, (…) adding fuel to the fire intensities and then trying to settle them to your advantage, and then manipulates all parties as they can to achieve their goals,» reports Ryan.