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How Sochi Conference is Bad News for the US

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While the meeting was going to be intense not just because of the varying, though not diverging, interests of Russia, Iran and Turkey, but also because of the situation developing on the question of creating a US-Turkey jointly managed “safe zone” in Syria, the outcome of the conference has meant a different thing. Turkey was certainly freaking out because of its still un-finished agenda vis-à-vis Kurds, who, in the words of Erdogan, continue to receive support from NATO and remain a major security threat. The latest Sochi conference was thus held against the backdrop of a sustained US diplomatic push to wean Turkey away from both Sochi and Astana processes and thus cause a major dent to the conflict resolution efforts that Russia has been spearheading for the last two years or so. While it certainly a positive sign that the parties met again, and the conference was held successfully, what is even more important is that the outcome of this conference has once again meant the prospects for a US return to the Syrian end-game are next to nill.

This is not just because Syria and Russia are willing to........

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