It’s always easy to spot the Kremlin narrative by reading the Russian state-run press. After initially denying any role in allowing U.S. forces to operate freely near Russian troops in Northern Syria to recently kill ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, Russia is now praising Trump’s actions in killing the terrorist coward.
In his press conference yesterday morning Trump declared, “I want to thank the nations of Russia, Turkey, Syria and Iraq and I also want to thank the Syrian Kurds for certain support they were able to give us.”
“We told the Russians we’re coming in because we had to go over them … but they were very cooperative, they really were good,” Trump said. “And we did say that it would be a mission that they’d like because … they hate ISIS as much as we do.”
The Russian Ministry of Defense was quick to deny and initially mocked the claim.
“The Russian Ministry of Defense does not have reliable information on the U.S. servicemen conducting in the Turkish-controlled part of the de-escalation zone of Idlib an operation on yet another ‘elimination’ of the former IS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi,” said Major-General Igor Konashenkov state-run RIA Novosti.
However, this morning, the Kremlin’s tone seems to have changed.
“If this information about al-Baghdadi’s death is indeed confirmed, in general we could speak about the US president’s serious contribution to the fight against international terrorism,” said Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov, noting that the news about the IS chieftain’s death could not trigger negative response from Russia’s authorities, reported Russian state news agency TASS.
Peskov noted that the Russian military had indeed seen US aircraft and drones in that area.
As CD Media’s political editor Court Anderson described yesterday, the killing of the leader of the Islamic State seems to have been a 4D chess move by The Donald, outsmarting Turkey, Putin, the Democratic Party and the Western press.
One wonders if we are seeing the fruit of a grand deal between Russia and the Trump administration which looks to solve long-simmering problems in the region. We have suggested this may be the case before.
Tsarizm will report on any further insights and updates.
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