|Russia and the EU : Partners For Progress and Peace|
Russian President Vladimir Putin isn’t crowing about it. He doesn’t have to.
The Russian intervention so far has proven to be a stunning success, that is indisputable. Vladimir Putin and the Russian military ought to be particularly praised for having set goals fully
commensurate with their real capabilities.
Putin’s vindication was made clear by the enthusiastic reception afforded to him at the recent summit of G20 leaders in Turkey.. The Financial Times headlined: “Putin transformed from outcast to problem solver at the G20”.
In the meantime the so-called allies of the West in the Middle East, including, Turkey, Saudi Arabia, Qatar and other Gulf Arab states, have been exposed, not only by foes but also by friends for having been the major funding and facilitators of the jihadist terrorist brigades.
Putin also highlighted these "bad links" of our own Western alliance at the G20 summit, when he announced that the financing of the terror networks in Syria has come from “40 states, including members of the G20”.
During the G20 summit and on other occasions French President Hollande called for the U.S. and Russia to set aside their policy divisions over Syria and "fight this terrorist army in a broad, single coalition.". It seems to have worked..
Putin followed up by offering Russian naval coordination with the French aircraft carrier Charles de Gaulle in the eastern Mediterranean for future airstrikes against ISIL.
All this goes far beyond the usual rhetoric and shows that Vladimir Putin has true leadership qualities on tackling terrorism in Syria and beyond., obviously, also, as any political leader would subscribe to, with motives of self interest.
But, when the whole Middle East was on the verge of an implosion and Europe overwhelmed by refugees, Putin stepped up to the plate.
As the old English proverb goes: "cometh the hour, cometh the man".
Maybe it's time, therefore, that the EU gets more serious and involved into what the Germans describe as "Realpolitiek" and bring Russia back into the European fold as a partner.?