These lessons are not linked to the increase of military force, as the biggest advantage of Russia in the Middle East is not explained through it, said Paul Pillar in his article for National Interest.
“The lesson we have to learn from the government policy of Putin in the region, is how a foreign power is able to pursue fully and freely their objectives and interests only because it is willing to negotiate with everyone, not limited to those who considered their allies without letting old enmities hinder diplomatic efforts or cooperation”
In his opinion, Moscow is trying to build relationships not only with its old allies but also with their opponents, while not allowing discrepancies old stand in practical cooperation. In this regard Pillar cites as an example Russia’s contacts with Israel and Turkey.
By applying such a flexible and realistic diplomacy, Moscow has effectively managed to overtake Washington, which sees the contemporary world divided into allies and enemies, which does not allow you to promote your goals, says analyst.
The US has mutual interests with Iran in restoring peace in Syria and Iraq. However, all efforts to use this opportunity to find a strong resistance within American politicians.
“The US loses its opportunities while Putin, who is wiser than us, uses them” says Pillar, while calls to Washington to reflect on the perception of Russia, labelled across the Atlantic as the enemy.