A Foreign Policy email leads with the headline: “Kerry travels to Russia to push Putin on Syria.” The source for the article is BBC news where they use the term,”persuade”.
Persuasion is obviously best with Putin as we have lots of experience with him. While his relationship with President Obama has been chilly, it is because Russia often opposes U.S. actions and intentions to engage in unseating foreign governments. That is troublesome for Russia for a couple of reasons:
- They are not that comfortable with their own stability as an emerging democracy.
- They believe that intervention by foreign governments should be a last resort.
Now, it is true that they learned the hard way about intervening in other governments, and some say, they are just jealous. No matter, Secretary John Kerry is probably a whole lot easier for Putin to converse with than was Hillary Clinton. He is as stern, but less abrasive, perhaps.
There are economic reasons for why Russia has been a holdout against meddling in Syria’s civil affairs. Russia has been a long-time ally and supplier of weapons.
“Russia’s foreign ministry has criticized the West for politicizing the issue of chemical weapons in Syria. Carla Del Ponte, of the United Nations Independent International Commission of Inquiry on Syria, has suggested chemical weapons were used by opposition fighters rather than the Assad regime. The United States however has dismissed the statement saying it believes that Syria’s chemical weapons stockpiles remain under government control.”
It would be most beneficial for Russia to join the U.S. in unseating the Assad regime. Russia’s supporting the U.S. might make it easier for China to come along too. Kerry has his work cut out for him.
Perhaps he should lead the conversation with a thank you for providing authorities with leads and information about the Boston bombers. Dealing with terrorists from Putin’s part of the world would be more effective if we strengthen our relationship.
“Kerry in Moscow to bridge gap with Russia on Syria
John Kerry and Sergei Lavrov hold news conference
US Secretary of State John Kerry is in Russia to try to bridge the divide with Washington over the Syria conflict.
He is to have talks with President Vladimir Putin in Moscow but the two disagree on the future of President Bashar al-Assad.
Russia, which supports Mr Assad, refuses to back US pressure designed to force him to step down.
The US recently said it does not rule out providing arms for the Syrian opposition.”