Expert of Arabic studies Arayik Harutyunytan considers Russia’s actions in Syria are rather successful. He believes that by engaging in the Syrian issue, Russia comes out of the isolation of the past 1.5 years. Besides, Russia shows the West that in order to solve the issue of migrants and prevent the inflow of refugees, it’s necessary to solve the very reason of it.
The term of Russia’s presence in Syria depends on several factors, he said. “First of all, it depends on the objectives Russia pursues. Russia’s statement that it’s not possible to solve the issue through air strikes only envisages possible land operations, as well.”
Director of the “Caucasus” Institute, political scientist Alexander Iskandaryan says that “what’s happening in and around Syria is more complicated than presented by the media.” According to him, Syria will never be the same it was before the war. “Syria is divided and will remain so,” he said.
Alexander Iskandaryan considers that “the settlement of today’s complex problems in Syria exceptionally in a military way is obviously impossible.”
Arayik Harutyunyan believes that Russia and the West are destined to cooperate with each other, at least when it comes to the exchange of information on air strikes against ISIS. He considers that Russia and the United States ate in secret talks on the future developments in Syria and says the results of it will be tangible obvious in 10-15 days.