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Russia sees ‘madness’ of US drive to oust Syria’s Assad: Analyst

Moscow is more concerned to resolve Syria’s years-long crisis, and if there is a power to make a difference in the country it is Russia, not the United States, says a political commentator.

“I think the Russians have been more concerned. They see the madness of the whole drive to oust [Syrian President] Bashar al-Assad,” Tim King, founder and editor of Global News Network, said in an interview on Friday.

“This radical ISIL group just needs to be countered somehow and the Americans did nothing but bring it into fruition,” he noted.

“Russians have more resolve and I think that it’s possible they could really make a difference,” he said.

He made the remarks when asked to comment on a statement from White House spokesman Josh Earnest that Washington “remains open to tactical, practical discussions” with Russia over the fight against the Daesh (ISIL) terrorist group in Syria.

The US says Russia has sent artillery units and tanks to an airport in Syria’s western province of Latakia, along with dozens of personnel and temporary housing units for hundreds more.

At least seven giant Russian Antonov An-124 military transport aircraft have taken off from a base in Russia during the past week to transport equipment to Syria, The New York Times reported, citing US officials.

“The Russian intervention is very interesting at this point, it’s happening and it’s underway, and Americans maybe can learn a lesson from this; after having created this whole mess” by supporting in the militants fighting against the Syrian government, King told Press TV.

“It is so completely important to the US government and Israel of course to have a regime change” in Syria, he said.

Syria has been gripped by deadly violence since March 2011. More than 230,000 people have reportedly been killed and millions displaced due to the violence mainly fueled by the foreign-sponsored militants.

The United States and its regional allies — especially Qatar, Saudi Arabia and Turkey — have been supporting the militants operating inside Syria since the beginning of the crisis.


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