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I don’t know whether this is naive and futile, or whether Vladimir Putin will transform and allow himself to be told what to do by the US.
It is certainly a major u-turn for the Trump administration getting heavily involved in the Syrian quagmire and pushing for regime change.
Russia must abandon its support of President Bashar al-Assad’s regime if it wants an “important role” in discussions about Syria’s future, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said, setting up a clash with Russian leaders just before he meets them in Moscow.
President Vladimir Putin’s government has chosen to ally itself with an “unreliable partner” in Assad, whose reign is coming to an end, as well as Iran and Hezbollah, Tillerson told reporters in Lucca, Italy, where he was attending a Group of Seven meeting.
“We want to create a future for Syria that is stable and secure,” Tillerson said on Tuesday. “Russia can be part of that future and play an important role or Russia can maintain its alliance with this group which we believe is not going to serve Russia’s interest longer term.”
Putin may roll over and dump on the government and military in Syria that it has been propping up.
Putin may agree to do whatever the US tells him to do.
Putin may paint hammers and sickles on pigs and fly them over Red Square.
But the odds are this is going to end badly for someone, somewhere, and potentially for everyone, everywhere.