November 21, 2013
Russia is becoming almost the key participant in all political processes in the Near East. During these days alone Israeli Premier Binyamin Netanyahu and his Turkish counterpart, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, have been in Moscow, one after the other. Sergey Lavrov is participating in a decisive round of talks on Iran by "the six." At the same time Russian diplomats are trying, after all, to set the Syrian "Geneva-2" in motion, communicating with Damascus and with representatives of the opposition, and are continuing work on the destruction of chemical weapons in Syria. Several days ago a Russian-Egyptian meeting was held in Cairo in the "2 + 2" format (the ministers of defense and foreign affairs), and weapons contracts are expected based on its results.
The situation is an unexpected one. Just a few months ago it was considered that Moscow was hopelessly losing its positions in the Near East. The last clients inherited from the Soviet past were losing power in their countries, new ones were not taking shape, and Russian policy was occasioning hostility and rejection on the part of the majority of capitals and religious and ethnic groups in the region.
With what is this turn of events connected?
While paying tribute to the move with chemical weapons, the elegant nature of which was appreciated by all and which will most likely go down in diplomatic history, it has to be admitted that Russia's successes derive from the failure of others.