Are Putin and Assad redraw the region again?
The visit of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad to Russia last week and his meeting with President Vladimir Putin established a new reality at the regional and international levels.
The visit, which was previously announced by the media, which did not happen in previous years, means that Assad has complete control over the situation inside Syria in the first place, in addition to his indifference to Western positions that call for his stepping down or trying him on various charges.
The visit coincided with the promotion of Arab and international openness to the Syrian regime, especially in the wake of the earthquake that struck the country on the sixth of last February, which the Syrian leadership made the best use.
The meeting also came in conjunction with an attempt to isolate the Russian leadership in the wake of the International Criminal Court’s decision to prosecute President Vladimir Putin, which means strengthening his position at a time when the Syrian president was stressing Moscow’s decisions in its actions in Ukraine, in addition to his demands to increase Russian forces in Syria, which means strengthening The Russian presence on the shores of warm waters and its international standing militarily, politically and strategically.
The importance also lies in the two leaders discussing arranging the region’s cards in terms of strength and steadfastness in their countries, especially with regard to the Syrian-Turkish reconciliation and arrangements for quadripartite meetings of Russian, Syrian, Iranian and Turkish officials and diplomats, and this means arranging the region’s cards away from the United States, which is originally present in the Syrian regions illegally. Arranging the Syrian-Turkish reconciliation in the Russian house means bringing in an important force that is the second in terms of the number of military forces in NATO, alongside a regime in Damascus that has long been rejected by the class alliance and worked to remove its president from power and support the opposition against him.
Neglecting the Caesar sanctions imposed on Damascus and the sanctions imposed by European countries on Russia, the process of rebuilding Syria was also discussed, and the panel discussion in Moscow exceeded the Western threats to institutions, companies and governments that dare to support the Syrians and rebuild their country, and the West has always used the reconstruction of Syria as a sharp sword hanging over the Syrians necks, threatening them with it and demanding concessions on national sovereignty.
Although the meeting is the third between the two leaders, it is considered a qualitative shift in the two countries and came at a sensitive and fateful time that paves the way for a next stage that indicates major changes in the region.