Reform Party MP and security expert Eerik-Niiles Kross said Russia's real intent is being unveiled with the Syria move, and the nation's grand plan is every bit as dangerous as first thought.
“The first question is over Russia's aims in Syria," Kross said. "Firstly, to protect the regime of Assad, the same regime which foremost the US, but also its Western allies and the Syrian opposition, wants to resign. That is Assad, who has used chemical weapons against his own people, who is to blame for the migration crisis threatening Europe.”
Russia's aim in the Middle East is to replace the United States as the dominant power, Kross said, adding that the US media has reported how Russia demanded that the US withdraw its military aircraft from Syrian airspace. “This means Russia said it has taken over Syria's airspace. A clear signal that if you do not leave, we can shoot at you too,” he explained.
He added that the fact that Russia completed bombing missions near the city of Homs is even more worrying, as the city was host to the headquarters of the Free Syrian Army not long ago. According to him, the Free Syrian Army is a secular force fighting Bashar al-Assad and the Islamic State and it has received weapons from the West.
“While Russia said it is fighting the Islamic State, its first military operation was actually directed against the US and the Western allies,” he said.
Russia stated it has begun bombing Islamic State positions, although others, like the BBC, reported that it has begun carrying out air strikes against opponents of the Syrian president.
Editor: J.M. Laats