In the wakes of the Paris attacks, three of the most powerful leaders of the world are now opening doors to unite forces and eradicate the ISIS from the face of the Earth.
UK Prime Minister David Cameron and U.S. President Barack Obama made the first moves to cement ties with Russian President Vladimir Putin whom they have tried to isolate in the past. There are positive indications that Mr. Putin is glad to be on board.
The trumpet sounding off an imminent World War 3 had been blasting since Russia invaded Crimea in March 2014. From there on tensions between NATO, a strong U.S. ally, and Russia became very ripe. There were fears of a looming nuclear war. On the other side of the arena, U.S. and Russia friction worsen as they tried to one up each other with regards to the advancement of their nuclear weapons, citing each other as highest threat against one another. The tensions escalated as Russia and China forged an alliance in the midst of the South China Sea dispute, of which U.S. vowed to protect its Asian allies. What unfolded next was the so-called proxy WW3 happening in Syria when Russia conducted airstrikes against terrorist organizations, including U.S.-backed separatists against President Bashir al-Assad regime. Each day, WW3 came knocking on their doors.
However, events took a U-turn in the aftermath of the Paris attacks. Mr. Cameron and Mr. Obama agreed to a diplomatic bid to convince Mr. Putin to join them in their fight against the barbaric ISIS.
Morning News USA reported that Mr. Obama and Mr. Putin had already talked during the sidelines of G20 Summit in Antalya, Turkey. Though nothing had been confirmed after the talk, French President Francois Hollande said he once again asked for the world leaders to meet with him. According to a report from CBS, Mr. Hollande said he had requested a meeting with the U.S. and Russian presidents. The said meeting shall unify the strength and achieve a result that has been too long to come: the defeat of the ISIS. The French president called for a union of all who can fight this terrorist army in a single coalition.
On Monday, Mr. Cameron and Mr. Putin also met for the first time in a year after relations turned sour over the Ukraine crisis. Speaking ahead of the meeting, Mr. Cameron acknowledged the differences with the Brits and the Russians. “Not least because they’ve done so much to degrade the non-[ISIS] opposition to Assad, people who could be part of the future of Syria,” Mr. Cameron told press as quoted by The Telegraph. “But the conversation I want to have with Vladimir Putin is to say look, there is one thing we agree about which is we’d be safer in Russia, we’d be safer in Britain if we destroy ISIL. That’s what we should be focusing on,” the prime minister said.
According to a source who has spoken The Telegraph, the UK, the U.S. along with the European countries want to achieve a clear consistent approach to Russia on ISIS and Syria. Mr. Cameron, Mr. Obama, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French foreign minister Laurent Fabius and Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi were also said to have conducted meeting on the sidelines of the G20 summit.
The source stressed that all involved leaders were one in saying that having Mr. Putin on board is a number one priority. “We want this to be the start of more productive discussions and eeforts on the political process in Syria,” the insider said.
During Putin’s and Cameron’s meeting, the Russian president stressed that Russia and UK bilateral relations are not going through the best time. But nonetheless, the president sees signs that things are picking up a bit, including through intergovernmental commission’s work. Mr. Cameron, on the other hand, was humble. “It’s clear to me that we must work together to defeat this scourge of terrorism that is a threat to Britain, a threat to Russia, and a threat to us all. And as you say, there is an opportunity to talk about our bilateral relationship as well. So, thank you for this opportunity,” he told his Russian counterpart.
During a press conference held with Russian press after the G20 Summit in Antalya, Mr. Putin was asked about the possible fundamental changes in the relations between Russia and the West after the Paris attacks. “If our partners now feel that the time has come to somehow change our relations, we welcome this; we never renounced joint work or closed our doors. It did seem to me that – at the expert level, at least – at the level of discussing problems, there is clear interest in renewing work in many areas, including the economy, politics, and security,” Mr. Putin told press.
Mr. Putin said that he thinks that unity among the involved nations is something that not only can be done but “must be done.”
“There is nothing difficult about it. We must organize specific work to prevent terrorist attacks and fight terrorism on a global scale. We also suggested engaging in anti-ISIS cooperation. Unfortunately, our partners in the United States initially refused. But indeed, life moves fast and often teaches us lessons. And I think that now, everyone is becoming aware that the only effective way to fight terrorism is to fight it together,” the president concluded.