Vladimir Putin is looking unstoppable after a string of victories that Trump handed to him on a plate

  • Russian President Vladimir Putin went on a victory lap this week, replacing the US as chief power broker in Syria, and gaining a closer ally in Europe’s backyard.
  • This is a far cry from the Putin of 2014, who became an international pariah after promoting civil unrest in Ukraine and annexing Crimea.
  • President Donald Trump effectively handed him these victories by pulling out of Syria, diminishing the US interest in Ukraine’s security, and inviting Putin back to the world stage.
  • Trump’s Syria withdrawal, in particular, made “Russia look like a major world power on the world stage,” said James Nixey, head of Chatham House’s Russia and Eurasia program.
  • The European Union, too internally divided to agree on a coherent Russia policy, has also failed to rein in Putin.

Vladimir Putin is on a roll.

This week alone, the Russian president:

His deal to jointly patrol northeastern Syria with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, made on Tuesday, establishes Russia as a power player in the war-torn country.

Putin is now a bridge between Turkish militants and Bashar al-Assad’s regime, and a guarantor of regional security.

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