Monday, December 21, 2015

UNSC Resolution on Syria Proves That 'Putin Was Right' All Along

UNSC Resolution on Syria Proves That 'Putin Was Right' All Along

In this Monday, Sept. 28, 2015, photo, provided by the United Nations, US President Barack Obama, left, and Russia's President Vladimir Putin toast during a luncheon hosted during the 70th annual United Nations General Assembly at U.N. headquarters

The UN Security Council adopted a resolution offering a roadmap to lasting peace in Syria, which reaffirms that Russia's vision for the war-ravaged country has been correct, L'Expression asserted.

Moscow always maintained that the conflict will not be resolved by ousting President Bashar al-Assad and that the fate of the country could only be decided by its own people. The unanimously adopted resolution makes no mention of Assad's resignation as a precondition for the launch of the peace process. It also provides a timeframe for a ceasefire and democratic elections.
Vladimir Putin "has reminded the international community that Russia is a country to be reckoned with on the geostrategic chessboard. No one can reshape the planet without talking to Moscow, which put an end to the unipolar world," the media outlet noted.
Russian pilots of the Su-34 at the Hmeimim base in Syria.
Russian pilots of the Su-34 at the Hmeimim base in Syria.
The UNSC resolution on Syria, according to L'Expression, will make Saudi Arabia and Turkey unhappy. Riyadh is using petrodollars and weapons to become the key country in the Middle East. For this reason, it is trying to weaken any country, which might not back Saudi aspirations, including Iran.
"Saudi Arabia has committed only 15 warplanes out of its fleet of 400 military aircraft to fly anti-Daesh missions in Syria. [At the same time,] nearly 100 planes take part in the Saudi-led campaign targeting the Houthis in Yemen," the Algerian newspaper stated. Riyadh is "mobilizing its arsenal of war against the Shia, not Daesh or al-Qaeda."
Since Saudi Arabia considers the Shia and not Daesh, also known as ISIS, a threat, it is doing everything to topple al-Assad, the media outlet asserted. This task has been complicated by Russia's successful counterterrorism campaign in Syria.
Riyadh, according to L'Expression, has made every effort to counter Russia in Syria. Unconfirmed reports suggest that the Saudis offered Russia $10 billion to back off but "received a categorical nyet."
Turkey is also unlikely to welcome the recent UNSC resolution with open arms. Several weeks ago, Russian defense officials released satellite images, which show routes Daesh fighters use to smuggle oil to Turkey. Later reports suggested that Ankara was also backing the brutal terrorist group.
Operation of Russian Aerospace Forces in Syria
Operation of Russian Aerospace Forces in Syria

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