On Monday, September 27, President Barack Obama is scheduled to meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin.
This meeting comes after the announcement of Russia militarily building up in Syria. According to the Pentagon, “Russia has sent aircraft, tanks and missiles into the war-wracked country” (CNN). Although Russia has repeatedly criticized US strategy in Syria, they are now taking “initiative in international efforts to end the conflict” (Reuters).
Though it seems as though the United States should be accepting towards the help of Russia in the fight against ISIS, it is actually making it more complicated.
To break it down, there are three political powers in Syria—the Assad government, the Grand Coalition, and ISIS. The United States is against the Assad government and ISIS, and as a result is the leader of the Grand Coalition to free Syria from these groups. Although, Russia wants to join in the fight against ISIS, they want to through partnership of the Assad regime, an idea that the US is fervently against.
Col. Steve Warren, spokesman for the western coalition, stated, “We do not support the presence of Syrian government officials who are part of a regime that has brutalized its own citizens.”
What are your thoughts on what is going on in the Middle East? Should the United States accept Russia’s help to fight against ISIS or do you believe it is morally wrong to support a regime that has terrorized its own citizens?