MOSCOW, August 29 (Itar-Tass) - There still is a chance of stopping external armed intervention in the conflict in Syria, the director of the Russian Academy of Sciences’ Institute of Oriental Studies, Vitaly Naumkin, said on Thursday.
“I have not lost hope that it will be possible to get back to a peace settlement of the problem. The United States needs Russia to go ahead with the dialogue with Syria and Iran,” he said. “President Obama should cooperate with Russia, if he does not want to slide into the abyss George W. Bush found himself in in his day as a result of his policies.”
Naumkin said that all of the previous actions and statements were pushing the United States towards handling the situation in Syria from the standpoint of force.
“A great force has been gathered. Much resources have been wasted. The initiators - the United States - and its allies have found themselves in a dead end.
Naumkin believes that even if the situation follows the worst scenario, one should not expect the beginning of a military operation by Western allies against Syria in days.
“Obama is unlikely to dare take this move on the eve of the G20 summit in St. Petersburg,” he said.