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-- we're gonna bring in now colonel Cedric Leighton.
Retired army and their president specifically & Associates.
Hello colonel are you first -- At -- it's great to be with you I'm good how are you doing I am doing well I know you had a chance to listen.
On the report there from Leland in the last thing we left off the point was all about.
Russia and -- be important strategic global positioning when to pick up fear.
You get your take on that it would legally insane he listens to it in essence this becomes -- against the United States.
Well it's kind of like the Cold War all over again in his bid to end what you're what you're looking at here are fellas.
The positioning of Russian forces you have to keep in mind that the Russians have a small.
Navy base on the Mediterranean in Syria it's at a place called torches and that the navy base is very little toe hold on the -- in the Mediterranean.
And did that is one thing that they want to protect it also gives them a bridge had not only into Syria.
But also for Hezbollah and any other Lebanese faction or faction residing in -- -- -- at this point.
That they want to support so they've got a vested interest from their point of view.
-- keeping it that port open.
I and also allowing it to be there for things like ship repair and other.
Somewhat strategic uses for for Russia and allows them to also exercise a great deal of influence in that part of the Arab world and -- take precious take that imagine -- that.
Listen America has strategic -- so why can't we.
Right exactly Russia sees itself is being hit it equal of the United States.
They are ego for lack of a better term -- really hurt.
By -- the collapse of communism and not so much because of the ideology -- that you know clearly played a part.
But was more important for them it was the fact that it affected dear.
View of their own nation.
-- -- Russians have a great deal of pride -- in their country they have a great deal of pride.
In they are historical accomplishments and it just the sheer vastness of the country.
Lends itself to being a great power and they believe that the innocence.
Deserved to be a great power on a par with United States and any other historical great power that existed -- now of course -- China being a player on the world stage the Russians feel that they have to get in there and exercise a degree of influence that they haven't exercised really.
Since the collapse of the Berlin Wall and that sort of positioning though makes -- some.
I'd imagine difficult.
It does and that's why you see when you go into the plan to talks that are either planned for June are now July.
And you -- you listen to all the different different things that are going on.
Between the United States and Russia about possible.
In -- peace talks -- -- negotiations.
Dealing with Syria into the post Assad.
Syria that we hope to see.
That's those talks are basically.
A work in progress between the United States and Russia.
And the Russians believe that they have the diplomatic leverage.
-- you would get what they want out of these talks and the other thing is is that they also believe that they can box the United States in diplomatically they think that.
Do you that the -- United States -- Doesn't have a very solid partner in the Syrian rebels.
And they're going to take advantage of that -- -- encouraging the Assad regime to go on the offense and you're seeing that.
In a lot of the military actions that are going on right now within Syria.
You've got actions along the Lebanese border you -- -- actions.
You know we in the areas that are written in new -- mix control between rebel and government forces.
And the government forces are trying very hard.
She would gain control so that there have better negotiating position -- initiative should those talks in Geneva actually take place.
That's what they want to do they want to get into negotiating position.
Of strength that they want to make sure that.
The -- view of the Syrian government to the Russians.
The Iranians are all together in -- basically on this same sheet of music.
And that then will allow them to in -- to -- the terms of peace in Syria.
Against the rebels and that's what they're trying to accomplish at this point yet but what above Russia's demands.
It at this point saying in -- of those peace talks saying hey listen aside has to still be.
In order for us to even come back to the table -- to continue any peace talks.
Right and that is the significant divergence.
From the US and European Union view.
Because if you listen to remarks by you president -- -- to France and prime minister Cameron of Great Britain.
As well as President Obama here in the United States it is very clear that took the position of all three countries is that.
Assad must go and in this particular case what you're looking it is the Russians are.
In essence you keeping -- solid as their proxy use their man.
And although they could you conceivably allows somebody else to take over.
There is nobody that they see that has the allegiance that Assad has I think has the -- that are basically.
In allegiance with them aligned with him that would include not only his -- -- -- but also the Christian minority in Syria.
As well as some other Shiite groupings within Syria and so they believe that that.
Is what they can base the air power play on where is sort of from our point of view from the western point of view.
We believe that Syria needs to.
In essence get rid of its regime right now and have these fresh start -- that the integrity of the country can be -- Basically kept it intact and that is what we're dealing with here we don't have we have a very divergent view and because of that divergent view.
We're not really going to achieve very much -- these negotiations have afraid.
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