Withdrawal from Syria and Putin’s dual realism | Katehon

Having achieved significant results, Russia is faced with the desperate resistance of the West as it once did in the Ukraine, and before that in Georgia. The current situation in Syria called for a continuation of the war or an exit from the conflict. Continuation of the war meant an increase in the air group, the possible start of a ground operation, a high probability of a military conflict with Turkey with unpredictable results, and the strengthening of US sanctions and their armed support for militants, including supply of man-portable air defense systems.

Continuation of the war in Syria would lead, therefore, to a global conflict with the United States, which would be interpreted as an attempt not simply to occupy a higher position in the existing system, but to reformat it and create its own rules. Russia’s actions showed that it initially did not set itself such a task, or that those who advocate such anti-Western global targets do not have a crucial say in the Russian leadership. That is why Russia was involved in the negotiation process, and is putting pressure on Damascus, which was prepared to fight with the support of Russia to the finish. Russia does not leave Bashar al-Assad, but weakens its support to such a level where he is more concessive and involved in the negotiation process, with the prospect of federalization, i.e. defragmentation of Syria, looming on the horizon.

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Alert at Incirlik Air Base | Southfront

The alert level at Turkey’s İncirlik Air Base in Adana province (Turkey) has been raised to its highest level. Incirlik Air Base is the home of the 10th Air Wing (Ana Jet Üs or AJÜ) of the 2nd Air Force Command (Hava Kuvvet Komutanlığı) of the Turkish Air Force (Türk Hava Kuvvetleri). The Air Base also houses warplanes for the U.S.-led coalition.

The alert level at the base has occasionally been raised to Threatcon Delta, the highest alarm level, rather than Threatcon Charlie, the next highest level after Delta. This threat level is usually only used when there is information on a specific, known threat.

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Moscow does not rule out that Kiev is preparing military scenario of returning Donbass | Tass

Moscow does not rule out that Ukrainian authorities are preparing for a military scenario of returning Donbass but hopes that this will not happen, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Grigory Karasin told TASS on Wednesday.

“I would not want to think like this, though, honestly speaking, those events that Ukrainian Armed Forces organize in close proximity to the contact line, including rotation of servicemen, strengthening the military component, demonstrate that the military scenario is probably not ruled out,” Karasin said.

The diplomat expressed hope that this scenario “will not settle down in the heads of those people who make decisions” in Kiev.

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Salih Muslim: Time Has Proved Us Right

The fact that decisions are taken directly by the community implies that we´re talking about the right decisions. Unlike other political models, the Democratic Confederalism does not impose a system; it eases the co-existence with our neighbours. When sovereignty rests with the people, and if there is a sincere commitment to democracy and the neighbouring powers cease to interfere in the decisions of the Syrians, then we will reach to an understanding and a country in peace. Returning to your question, our most immediate goal is to change the mentality of the people and it is something we have already done with many of our Arab, Turkmen or Assyrian neighbours … The Democratic Confederalism doesn´t root in the “nation-state” concept but in that of the “democratic state.” Unfortunately, changing the mentality that roots in monolithic types of government can take a very long time.

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