The Russian veto of the draft resolution condemning Iranian interference in Yemen brings to mind the Cold War era. It is clearly an incident reminiscent of that time, if not more terrifying in its import, which took place in the UN Security Council in the context of the Ghouta attacks. Although the military and humanitarian truce was finally approved after Russia’s several earlier vetoes against it, prevailing conditions and circumstances arising from this decision have made its implementation next to impossible. It has become clear that several trouble spots — not just only Al-Ghouta, but areas to the north of Homs and Aleppo, as well as the villages of Idlib, will remain vulnerable to capitulation, mass exodus of refugees or both in 2018.
Causes of Russian unease
The new face of the conflict is between Russians and Americans, which now overshadows the entire Arab sceneRadwan al-Sayed