Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov meets Secretary of State John Kerry in Geneva on Thursday. But from Russia’s point of view, Putin’s approach to Syria can be seen as understandable and logical, analysts say.
There is genuine concern within the Kremlin that an American strike could lead to an escalation or even a wider war.
Russian President Vladimir Putin's op ed in the New York Times blames the Syrian rebels, not the Assad regime, for chemical attacks as world leaders will meet in Geneva to discuss a potential Syrian chemical weapons disarmament. NBC's Andrea Mitchell reports.
“If anybody thinks that bombing and destroying the Syrian military infrastructure, and leaving the battlefield for the opponents of the regime to win, would end everything -- that is an illusion,” Lavrov said in August.
There are Russia’s fears about terrorism.
"A strike would increase violence and unleash a new wave of terrorism," Putin said in the Times op-ed. "Hundreds of militants from Western countries and even Russia, are an issue of our deep concern. Might they not return to our countries with experience acquired in new Syria?"
Putin has consistently compared his battles with separatist Muslim groups in the Russian Caucasus with the terrorism in the West.
“Russia is a victim of international terrorism too,” Putin said after the April 15 Boston bombings that killed three and injured an estimated 264.
The Iranian nuclear deal is another catch Obama and his tody Kerry. Obama wanted this deal so bad that he probably gave away the store to prove he was the peace diplomat. Now that he got the deal the Russians have said there is no longer a need for a European based missile system which the US wanted because of the Iranian nuclear threat. If the threat is gone as the Obama group then there is no need for the missile threat which the Russians are saying. I will bet that Kerry will say really Syria is the threat and that an immediate strike should be launched. This will get the affordable health plan off the front pages and give Obama the chance to assume the roles of war time commander in chief. .