President Vladimir Putin was the most talked about person at the Annual Munich Security Conference, according to Maks Czuperski of the Atlantic Council. The Russian President’s involvement in Syria and the lack of action taken to stop him had people leaving the meeting rather pessimistic, Czuperski adds.
“The diplomacy that’s happening with Mr. Putin has provided him with a cover to conduct the air surveys to advance his own interests. He has not been doing what he said…not attacking ISIS, but creating an environment that allows Assad to be in power,” explains Czuperski.
Though the masses might understand Putin’s motive, there is not enough political will to move from conversations to actions.
This spring, the Atlantic Council will publish its report titled “Distract, deceive, Destroy: Putin’s War in Syria, which according to Czuperski, shows exactly what the Russian President is doing on the ground. “If we give the public evidence, they can engage their leaders.”
Hromadske’s Nataliya Gumenyuk spoke to Maks Czuperski, Special Assistant to the President and CEO at the Atlantic Council via Skype on February 14th, 2016 in Kyiv.