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Russia Is Taking Advantage Of U.S. Policy Lapses, And Is Expanding Its Global Influence

ArmchairPolitiicianRussia, August 28, 2017, by Brad Peery, WWW. ArmchairPolitician.US,

The Russian policy is well-defined. Their actions include: Undermining democracies; Taking advantage of ethnic and religious tensions; And, developing new locations for gathering intelligence, and projecting military influence.

President Obama’s foreign policy lapses have created many problems. The vacuum he created in Iraq and Syria has been beneficial for many parties. ISIS moved in and established caliphates in Mosel, Iraq and Raaqa, Syria, and took control of large parts of both countries. Syria went through its own civil war, with various militant groups fighting Bashar Al-Assad, and his Syrian dictatorship. The U.S. was largely on the sidelines. Obama wanted to overthrow Assad, but couldn’t find a strategy to make that happen. Obama drew a red line over Assad’s use of chemical weapons, but he failed to respond when Assad used chemical weapons in late 2015 in the Syrian town of Sarmeen and Idlib Province. This is just one chemical weapons attack account from Syria*. Russia and Iran stepped in and supported Assad, and his power has improved immensely, with ISIS being substantially defeated, and Iran on its way to developing a military supply route from Iran to Lebanon, and then to the Mediterranean.

Turkey, a NATO country, has defied NATO and reached an agreement with Russia to purchase the latter’s most sophisticated missile-defense system, the S-400. Under the $2.5 billion agreement Ankara would receive two batteries of the antiaircraft missile from Moscow within the coming year and then produce two more batteries in Turkey.”

*”With the world’s attention focused on the question of Russian influence in the United States and the European Union, the Kremlin is quietly making inroads in another region critical to both the United States and Europe: the five North African states of the southern Mediterranean shore.

Russian and Algerian officials gathered at a St. Petersburg shipyard last month to shatter a champagne bottle on the first of two so-called Black Hole submarines built for the Algerian navy. The same day, news broke that Russia had deployed special forces and drones to a Soviet-era base in western Egypt to bolster a militia leader in neighboring Libya. Late last year, the secretary of Moscow’s national security council traveled to Morocco, where the king invited Russian President Vladimir Putin to repay the visit he had made to Moscow earlier in the year. And in Tunisia, where Russian tourism jumped tenfold in 2016, the Kremlin signed a deal last autumn to build a nuclear power plant.”

*Russia’s Charm Offensive in North Africa:
Its Growing Economic and Military Influence in the Region
By Oren Kessler and Boris Zilberman, Foreign Affairs, April 3, 2017

ArmchairPolitician.US Opinion:
Russia and the U.S. are on collision courses in Europe, especially with regard to the small countries that surround Russia and are vulnerable to Russian attack. Russian sanctions are now in place over their meddling in the U.S. presidential elections. Sanctions are also in place because of Russia’s annexation of Crimea, and inciting violence in Eastern Ukraine. Russia is also aggressively expanding its influence in the Middle East and Africa.

*“Putin’s Russia Is Going Global”, By Eugene Rumer, and Andrew S Weiss, August 4, 2017, Wall Street Journal
*Syria Is Using Chemical Weapons Again, Rescue Workers Say
By Anne Barnard And Somini Sengupta, New York Times, May 6, 2015

ArmchairPolitiicianRussia, August 27, 2017, by Brad Peery, WWW. ArmchairPolitician.US,
Russia Is Being Sanctioned For Interfering in the 2016 Presidential Election: Russia Has Responded Negatively

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