How Military Coup in Turkey Affects US, Russia Efforts in Syria

How Military Coup in Turkey Affects US, Russia Efforts in Syria
Mon Jul 18, 2016 22:55:08

Military coup in Turkey has affected the situation in Syria as well as Ankara’s relations with Western allies.

Last week, United States State Secretary visited Moscow. He met with Russian President Vladimir Putin and his counterpart Sergei Lavrov. The main topic on the agenda was a US offer to Moscow to join efforts against terrorism in Syria.

According to The Washington Post, the US has proposed to establish the so-called Joint Implementation Group comprising representatives of defense ministries and intelligence. The group would station near Amman, Jordan.

The group would coordinate military operations against al-Nusra Front and increase the efficiency of coordinated actions against Daesh.

Moscow reacted to the initiative without much enthusiasm. According to Kremlin spokesperson Dmitry Peskov, there are still a lot of issues related to cooperation in Syria.

On the one hand, the White House shows willingness to cooperate with Russia in Syria. On the other hand, Washington is continuing to pursue its own interests in the region, an article on the Russian analytical website Svobodnaya Pressa read.

The US continues to support moderate opposition groups in Syria which are expected to topple President Bashar Assad, sooner or later. In order to make this possible, the US needs to convince Russia to stop airstrikes against those groups.

However, Washington’s game in Syria has been complicated after a military coup attempt in Turkey.

The Turkish turmoil may bury US and Russian efforts to settle the Syrian crisis; Sputnik reported.


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