“It was a totally Trump show from beginning to end,” the senior adviser said. “A few of the president’s senior national security advisers viewed the mission as a minimized bad presidential decision, and one that they had an obligation to carry out. But I don’t think our national security people are going to allow themselves to be hustled into a bad decision again. If Trump had gone for option three, there might have been some immediate resignations.”
For Russia the crisis over Qatar is largely beneficial, because now instead of a single camp of enemies of Assad, it is possible to observe their internecine squabbling trying to pass each other responsible for the failure of the preceding policy.
A couple of years ago, the situation when Iran and Turkey will work together to cover Qatar (!) from Saudi Arabia, would look perfect oxymoron. Now, it is perceived as a logical consequence of the tectonic changes in the military-political situation in the middle East. Intervening in the Syrian war, Russia has accelerated the process of reformatting the region, and military successes helped to change the fact that part of these transformations was carried out in the best possible way for the Russian-Iranian coalition, and Assad
Of course, these requirements are in direct conflict with the concept of national sovereignty, but the decision on spanking Qatar has already been made, so we see such brazen demands from those who to put it mildly, are not without sin.
Qatar is hoping that the deployment on the territory of Qatar, of the Turkish army, which Erdogan has moved quickly in recent weeks, as well as the intercession of Iran, will keep Saudi Arabia from attempts at intervention to overthrow the ruling regime.
The key thing to understand is that the source of power of Poroshenko is not the “Ukrainian people”, but the good will of his foreign masters. If he is more or less satisfactory to the President Washington, he will continue to sit (at least until the end of the term) as President of Ukranaine. If he loses “credibility”, in this case, we will see a change of government through early elections or street protests, or through both.
As one of versions – Russian defense in Tartus shot down a US drone in the Eastern Mediterranean in Syrian airspace in retaliation for the downed su-22 and an Iranian drone, and the Americans tried save face by pretending it crashed in California. On the other hand, it may be just coincidence and these episodes are not connected, and shots were fired at other targets.
During the transfer of reinforcements in Eastern Hama from Aleppo an attack from ISIS, lit up the Russian military.
When one of the fighters started getting too close to Shoigu’s plane, a Su-27 flew in between the two and tilted its wings, apparently to underscore that it was armed with anti-aircraft weapons, at which time the F-16 flew off.
That’s not sitting well with Russia at all, as Defense Committee chairman Vladimir Shamanov, who was also the former Commander of Russian Airborne Forces, condemned the incident as “military rudeness” on NATO’s part.