The Syrian crisis continues as Russia is now under fire for supposedly killing Syrian civilians as it continuously conduct its fight against the ISIS in Syria. Specifically, concerned countries across the globe are blaming president Vladimir Putin for exacerbating refugee crisis for other countries. The ceasefire agreement is also raising concerns on whether countries part of the bargain can really hold up their end of the deal.
US Senator John McCain spoke at the annual security conference in Munich only to say that a crucial part of Russia’s plans is to “to exacerbate the refugee crisis and use it as a weapon to divide the transatlantic alliance and undermine the European project.” The senator also said that Russia is treating Syria “as a live-fire exercise” to test it out its military capabilities and understand its chances of exercising authority in the Middle East. “Mr. Putin is not interested in being our partner,” CNN quoted McCain, who is also serving as the chairman of the U.S. Senate’s Armed Services Committee.
He discussed that Russian President Vladimir Putin appears to be looking forward to “shore up the Assad regime.” Russia has since been under fire from the rest of the world as its air strikes in Syria reportedly turned for the worst, doing more harm in the region than good. “He wants to re-establish Russia as a major power in the Middle East. He wants to use Syria as a live-fire exercise for Russia’s modernizing military, he wants to turn Latakia province into a military outpost from which to harden and enforce a Russian sphere of influence — a new Kaliningrad, or Crimea — and he wants to exacerbate the refugee crisis and use it as a weapon to divide the trans-Atlantic alliance and undermine the European project,” McCain alleged.
Russia is also being condemned for its clear disregard of the civilians. Riad Hijab, former Syrian prime minister and head of the High Negotiations Committee, alleged that the Russian military killed 58 Syrian civilians alone in the last 10 days. “The action that I see is that Russia is killing Syrian civilians,” he said as quoted by CNN. The chilling allegations came days after Russia affirmed that a new world war is brewing in Syria.
Russia on the other hand is adamant that it is willing to cooperate with the United States in the fight against the ISIS. President Barack Obama also reportedly called Putin to urge Russia to participate in defense cooperation in fight against ISIS. “In particular, the President of Russia noted the need to organize close working contacts between the Russian Defense Ministry and the US Department of Defense, which would make it possible to combat ISIS and other terrorist organizations in more effective and better-planned fashion,” said the Kremlin Press service in a statement.