Assad's Visit to Moscow Shocked Western Countries
Western countries, especially the United States, were shocked by a sudden and unexpected visit of Syria's Bashar al-Assad to Moscow during such a difficult period of his country's history.
The Western mass media prone to jump to hasty conclusions is already full of prejudiced positions and evil comments on this event. But there is no will to soberly evaluate the situation. Russia who had boldly taken the initiative and plays the principal role in the fight against the Islamic State, shows the US-led coalition what aims can be achieved if you really want to put an end to the evil called "IS".
Assad's unexpected visit to Moscow proves the fact that Russia's positions in Syria are strengthening. Meeting with President Vladimir Putin, Assad thanked Russia for the assistance to his country during a difficult and crucial time for the Syrian nation and expressed confidence that terrorism will be defeated soon. Assad stressed that any military action provide for further political steps, and he is ready to take them. Putin has supported his position saying that under the current situation in Syria, Russia proceeds from the fact that the post-war long-term settlement in the country is possible only on the basis of the political process.
The Russian Prime Minister, foreign ministers and defense ministers of the two countries took part in this meeting. According to the Syrian ambassador in Moscow Riad Haddad, their presence at the meeting indicated of the importance of discussed issues.
After Assad's visit Syria can expect an intensification of Russian air force actions aimed to support the Syrian army offensive, says Professor of the Department of Comparative Politics, an expert of the Russian Council on International Affairs (RCIA) Victor Sergeev.
"Assad's visit and the talks prove that Russia is firmly intended to support the Syrian people, and it is the main thing", – said Victor Sergeev, noting that "the future of Assad should be the subject of political negotiations, part of which was the visit of the Syrian leader to Moscow". The expert suggested that during the talk the two leaders could have nibbled at cooperation with Iran, which plays an important role in the fight against the Islamic State.
This struggle launched by Washington and its allies formally underway for over a year, but to no avail. The real struggle with IS thugs started Sept. 30, when Russia, after an official request Assad launched pinpoint airstrikes on targets of Islamic State in Syria. Russia's air forces launched more than 750 attacks, annihilating hundreds of militants, dozens of control centers, warehouses and other supporting facilities of the terrorists. Moreover, four ships of the Caspian Flotilla fired 26 SS-N-27 "Sizzler" cruise missiles to terrorists' objects. The missiles successfully hit the targets.
On Tuesday, the Russian Defense Ministry spokesman Major-General Igor Konashenkov announced that Russian warplanes in Syria made 55 sorties and attacked 60 targets of the Islamic State and al-Nusra Front terrorist groups for the last day.
According to the General Staff of the Russian Armed Forces, under the strikes of the Russian aircraft terrorists have begun to retreat, having lost most of the weapons and equipment on the line of contact with the Syrian forces, which are conducting ground operation. Russian intelligence UAVs are used to control the situation.
Meeting with Assad, Putin confirmed that the terms of the Russian operation in Syria will be limited by the offensive operations of the Syrian army. He also precluded the possibility of using the Russian Armed Forces on the ground. The two leaders expressed confidence that only the joint efforts of all those who are sincerely interested in defeating the terrorists and are making a real contribution to it, the victory can be achieved.
Russia has always been a true friend of the Arab countries, has a vested interest in peace and harmony in the Middle East, and has consistently opposed any action aimed at destabilizing the situation in this important region. Moscow slammed the Anglo-American aggression against Iraq in 2003, which caused the current tragic events in Syria and Iraq. Bashar al-Assad's visit to Moscow proved that the Russian government will continue to do everything in its power to help Baghdad and Damascus in the fight against "plague" called the Islamic State. Defeating the terrorists will allow to discuss the issue of the post-war political settlement that will help to establish a lasting peace on this suffering land.