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MOSCOW, September 5 (Itar-Tass) - The United States will inevitably deal a strike against Syria although over a half of the country’s population is against this idea and nearly all of its closest allies have refused to participate in such use of force, the director of the Russian Institute of Strategic Studies, Lieutenant-General Leonid Reshetnikov, has told ITAR-TASS in an interview.
“The Americans are obsessed with the intention to do away with the Bashar Assad government. I believe they have left the point of no return behind,” he said. “Although Russia is doing its utmost to prevent aggression the United States will possibly deal a blow.”
“The aggression, should it take place, will bring about a sharp aggravation of the situation in the Middle East,” the analyst believes. “Over the past three to four years the United States has created in the region a whole belt of states that have to exist in the condition of semi-chaos, semi-destruction and semi-functioning. This is true of the whole of North Africa, Iraq and Afghanistan. Syria is next. Then there will follow Iran, if it does not surrender to the Americans’ demands.”
General Reshetnikov believes that “this smells like war near Russia’s southern borders.”
“The United States is building a corridor from China to the Mediterranean, where it will be deploying its military basis, just the way it has done in Afghanistan in Iraq, because it regards this part of the world as its oil and gas artery,” Reshetnikov concluded.