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So how did Russia get involved in the six-year Syrian war in the first place - and Russian ties with Syria began to strengthen because of their. Russia's decision to install the S in Syria increases the risk of Russian- Israeli relations are currently going through the worst crisis they. Russia will be as involved in the Syrian peace as it was involved in the Syrian war. to discuss Syria's future, and on November 28, the latest round of Over many decades, Moscow has had a long-standing relationship with.
How The Syria Strikes Affect U.S.-Russia Relations
Russia made for a difficult year In the months since, the language has got more shrill; the accusations from Moscow ever more outlandish.
The two governments trade barbs at the United Nations, accusing each other of deceit and bad faith; arms control agreements are fraying. Trump's nominee for Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo said this week: Oleg Deripaska's company Rusal warned it might default on some of its debtwhich may in turn weaken major Russian banks. The expulsion of dozens of Russian diplomats by the US and Europe following the Skripal poisoning in the UK was meant as a stark warning to Moscow that its "reckless indifference" as one British official put it would not go unchallenged.
Moscow responded by expelling dozens of western diplomats and even accused the UK of staging the poisoning. President Trump was probably not exaggerating when he tweeted Wednesday: After the strikes, President Putin said they had "a devastating impact on the whole system of international relations. They will take steps to avoid that.
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But Russia may quietly encourage proxies and allies in Syria to attack US forces east of the Euphrates river and along the Iraq-Syria border. Ali Akbar Velayati, a senior adviser to Iran's supreme leader, said Thursday, "We hope big steps will be taken in order to liberate this area and expel the occupying Americans.
President Putin has long had a good relationship with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu but this week warned him against further military action in Syria, following airstrikes against Iranian militia last weekend that were attributed to the Israelis.
Amid this volatility, there is one certainty. The strikes by the US and its allies will not change the military situation in Syria one jot.
So can you remind us why Russia has interests in Syria at all? And briefly - I know it's a complicated story. Laughter Well, the short version of this.Why does Russia support Syria's al-Assad?
So, you know, Russia lost many of its positions in the Middle East, but that relationship with Syria has always been important. Then Putin was horrified by what happened in the Arab Spring, particularly what happened in Libya, and he was determined to shore up, you know, his ally, his partner in Syria. And he went into Syria in September in a big way - bombing - really to show the United States and the rest of the world that we were trying to isolate Russia after what happened in Ukraine, but Russia was definitely back.
Russia also has its own - only warm-water port in Syria and a significant airbase. And it's really used this intervention now in Syria to increase its influence in the Middle East as the U. So why hasn't Syria retaliated?
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In many ways, Putin sees this as a sort of proxy war between the United States and Russia. I think Russia wants to get to the edge with the United States, but the Russians realize it's - you know, the U. And so I think the Russians have understood we, I think, very carefully calibrated with them what we were going to do in Syria.
We deconflicted our operations. There were no surprises. And I think they don't want to, you know, make the situation any more dangerous than it is.
I would just mention that about six weeks ago, Russian mercenaries started attacking U. The Russian ruble plummeted about 9 percent against the U. Russia is actually hurting. Will we see Russia retaliate in a different way outside of Syria?
I mean, it could.
I think Russia is hurting. It's said that it's going to impose sanctions on the U.