Moscow’s limited military engagement in Syria has helped to bring stability to several regions of the embattled Arab country and boost morale of the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and its allies, Syrian political analyst Osama Dannura told RIA Novosti, adding that Russia’s campaign saved Syria from repeating the fate of Iraq and Libya.
People inspect the damage as they stand near a Save the Children sponsored maternity hospital after an airstrike in the rebel-controlled town of Kafer Takhareem in Idlib province, Syria © REUTERS/ Ammar Abdullah Accusations of Russian Airstrikes on Syrian Hospitals, Convoys Completely Groundless – Foreign Ministry Russia launched its counterterrorism operation on September 30, 2015, following a request from Damascus at a time when armed radical groups were on the offensive in key Syrian provinces and the fate of the government appeared grim. The militants held the initiative on the Syrian battlefield thanks to support from Qatar, Saudi Arabia and Turkey, Dannura explained, adding that the rebels are a stone’s throw away from key urban centers. Russia’s involvement was instrumental in helping government-led forces and their local allies break the tide of the years-long war. “The Russian Aerospace Force changed the agenda in Syria,” the analyst confirmed. Moscow prevented radical groups active in Syria from making further advances, the analyst added. Russian-led efforts have helped to “improve the overall situation in the country, ensure stability in many regions and improve the morale of the Syrian Arab Army and its allies.” Many in Syria think that Russia “saved the country from repeating the fate of Libya, the Balkan nations and Iraq,” he observed. A man walks on the rubble of damaged buildings in Aleppo, Syria September 25, 2016 © REUTERS/ Abdalrhman Ismail Syrian Crisis: Where Do We Go From Here? Dannura went further by saying that Russia is also trying to foil external efforts to overthrow President Bashar al-Assad. In Syria, Russia is “fighting against attempts to use terrorism as a means to depose governments,” the analyst said. Russian officials have long stated that the Syrian crisis could only be resolved through diplomacy and an inclusive dialogue without preconditions. The Kremlin has also insisted that the Syrian people are the only ones who can determine the fate of their country and choose its leaders.
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