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Beri Atwan: What did you expect Russia to do after Turkey crossed “redlines”

A good section to ponder from Abdel Beri Atwan in his London-based Ra’y al-Yawm on September 26:

“…There are reports that the flow of modern Russian weapons, soldiers, and equipment into Syria so heavily came as a result of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s crossing of the red lines when he supported the entry of “Jaysh al-Fatah” into Idlib and Jisr ash Shughur, and their advance towards Latakia, thus posing a threat to the Russian forces and interests. Erdogan’s retreat, as noted three days ago when he abandoned his call for the departure of President Al-Asad, came as an expression of his willingness to correct that mistake. We can go farther to say that Russia – through an understanding reached with the US – has worked out all the details of the new scenario for military intervention in Syria. President Erdogan has realized that moving against this current is fraught with dangers that threaten him personally, his party, and Turkey itself. Therefore, he decided to completely or partly abandon both the Syrian opposition and his Ara! b allies (Saudi Arabia and Qatar), just as he had earlier abandoned Libyan leader Mu’ammar al-Qadhafi and joined the NATO’s intervention in Libya….”

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Written by nickbiddlenoe

October 2, 2015 at 3:10 pm

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