Take a second to get the mental image of a Vladimir Putin and Robin Thicke out of your head. I hate to make the reference to such an obnoxious song, but the correlation of terms is too good to pass up. Russia does indeed have some “blurred lines” with Syria, especially in regard to where their loyalty lies.
Russia and the United States have been in an awkward situation for awhile, especially with Edward Snowden and boycotting the Olympics. Obama deciding not to attend a summit in Moscow last month did not help the already troubled relationship between the two countries. Ever since the notion of chemical weapons use in Syria escalated in late-August, Russia has seemed to be more inclined to support any measure that the U.S. is against. In this, a military strike on Syria. President Putin himself has been very vocal about not buying into the idea that Syria used chemical weapons:
“I am convinced that it (the chemical attack) is nothing more than a provocation by those who want to drag other countries into the Syrian conflict, and who want to win the support of powerful members of the international arena, especially the United States,” Putin said.
Putin, in an uncharacteristic yet likely insincere statement, said that President Obama needs to consider his Nobel Laureate status and think about all the civilians that could be impacted by the decision to strike.
Today however, Russia’s foreign minister announced intentions to push for Syria to give up their chemical weapon arsenal in order to avoid an impending conflict with the United States. Solidarity with the U.S.? Fear of obligation to get involved? Probably not the first, but Russia has apparently acknowledged that Syria does indeed have chemical weapons even if they still deny that they have been used.
This broaches a genuine question of where Russia’s allegiance stands. Its highly unlikely that this is an act of support for the United States government’s intent to rid the world of weapons of mass destruction. Thoughts?
- Syria welcomes international control over its chemical weapons (undergroundpoliticsdotorg.wordpress.com)
- Russia has no detailed info on chemical weapons use in Syria – Putin (rt.com)
- Russia’s Blurred Lines With Syria (centerleftorg.wordpress.com)
- Russia urges Syria to place surrender chemical weapons (haaretz.com)
- Russia urges Syria to give up chemical weapons (huffingtonpost.com)