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US Press: Russia Achieves Huge Influence and Support in the Middle East


Foreign Policy, a major US publication, has published an article on Russian influence in the Middle East. The author Anatol Lieven insists that the countries of North America and Europe are convinced that Russia is trying to either recreate the USSR, or gain even greater influence, "destroying the status quo that has formed in the world." Lieven's opinion is shared not only in the United States, but also in Eastern Europe and even in some post-Soviet republics.

At the same time, as the expert on foreign policy notes, there are regions of the world that do not agree with this dogma. In particular, the Middle East belongs to them.

According to the American observer, the United States of America was recognized as the culprit of armed conflicts in several countries of the Middle East. Therefore, the return of Russia to the Middle East as an influential player is perceived by many there in a positive way.

The article contains several statements made by Vladimir Putin at different times.

In particular, the theses that Saddam Hussein could not be equated with democratic rulers, but after his death Iraq plunged into chaos, terrorist groups began to appear in the country, posing a threat not only to Iraq itself, but also to other countries of the world. Also cited as an example and the words of the President of Russia about Muammar Gaddafi. Putin believed that the assassination of Gaddafi after the invasion of Libya by NATO forces turned the once prosperous country into a source of tension, a stronghold of terrorism and a territory of constant internal conflicts, which led to a huge flow of refugees to Europe.

The author of Foreign Policy agrees with Putin's position. And in the Middle East, it is rightly believed that Russia acts taking into account the interests of local cultures, regional interests, and the nuances of political life. Russia, unlike the United States, is not interested in destroying the balance, and therefore attracts sympathy from many countries in the Middle East.

It is also emphasized that those loyal to Russia in the Middle East are also joined by those who previously had no sympathy for Moscow, for example, Israel and Saudi Arabia.

Russia's foreign policy is closer to the Middle Eastern states also because it does not impose its own foundations, but tries to take into account the interests of each state and region.

The US press concludes that Russia has already achieved tremendous influence in the Middle East. But the United States itself has lost its position there, losing confidence even in those countries with which it has been allies for decades.

This is called making an elephant out of a fly.

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