Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Putin stands tough on Syrian intervention

Vladimir Putin met with several political giants over the past several months to discuss his position on the issue of Syria and its civil war.

Putin, though, has not changed his tone on the issue, Time reports.

One of the leading spin doctors in Russian state TV, Mikhail Leontiev, is one of few that are praising Russia's role in the crisis.

"The West is running to us," Leontiev said on June 4 after the latest delegation from Europe left, Time reports. "They need us. They want to talk to us. When was the last time that happened?"

The saturation of visitors in such a short period of time is unprecedented in Putin's career. In the past four weeks, visitors to Russia have included British Prime Minister David Cameron, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, all of whom have asked Putin to stop providing the Syrian military with arms shipments and diplomatic cover.

On June 4, the E.U.'s two most important officials visited Putin. European Council President Herman Van Rompuy and European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso managed to win a vague concession from the Russian leader.

While Putin's defense minister and other senior officials have said the country would carry out its arms contract with Syria, Putin said in Yekaterinburg that the plans had not yet been realized because they may "disturb the balance of the region." Russian state TV has been casting Syria as the victim of U.S. bullying.