|“We are far from Western-style neo-colonial interventions aimed at turning countries into protectorates with puppet governments.”|
In Boulevard Voltaire, March 16, 2016
Translated from French by Tom Winter
March 14, much to the surprise of the West, Vladimir Putin told his Defense Minister to withdraw the Russian contingent from Syria.
By withdrawing, Russia shows that it does not impose a choice. This intervention has allowed us to see two camps: That of democracy through the ballot box, and that of the illegitimized army supported by those who exploit chaos.
Even though centered on the defense of its own territory, the Russian Army has shown that it is capable of projecting force rapidly and efficiently beyond its frontiers. The effectiveness of the resources committed to the project has imposed on NATO the necessity of sheathing its usual smugness. And Russian arms companies have demonstrated the quality of their production in the field and will certainly derive competitive advantages.
The coming months will also let us see whether Iran will strengthen its influence in the Middle East. The Kurdish question is goint to be a major test for Iran’s diplomacy. It is a good bet that, under the influence of Tehran-Moscow diplomatic axis, we will witness a stabilization of the region because of the decline of Western nuisances.
No offense to critics of Russian foreign policy, but Russian policy has delivered an important message for the emerging multipolar world. Russia is ready to assist States militarily to regain their sovereignty. We are far from Western-style neo-colonial interventions aimed at turning countries into protectorates with puppet governments.
In calling for the withdrawal of the Russian contingent in Syria, Putin has just shown that Russia knows how to use its military power to restore the democratic order in a country, and not turn it into banana republic.
Highlighting the principles of international law which are the basis of its action and the withdrawal of its forces, Russia is sending a strong message.
People can count on Russia to help them recover their sovereignty within a framework of international legitimacy.