Where is 'best opportunity' to bring peace to Syria?

By He Wenping
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United Nations Syria envoy Staffan de Mistura speaks during a press conference in Geneva on March 15, 2016, on the second round of Syrian peace talks at the UN headquarters

United States Secretary of State John Kerry said Russia's plan to withdraw most of its forces, along with the opening of United Nations-mediated Syria talks in Geneva, may be "the best opportunity" to end the five-year civil war. The news gives hope for those seeking a political compromise in Damascus.

The Russian air campaign against the Islamic State (IS) started last September, which secured Moscow's high-profile intervention in the Middle East, and had tipped the balance in favor of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad that allowed him to recapture territory from rebels.

Moscow has become "the most visible existence" of the Syrian problem in the last seven months. Countries such as US, Turkey and Saudi-Arabia have never stopped criticizing; claiming Russia is using a crackdown on the IS to conduct bombings on Syrian rebels to strengthen the Bashar government.

Although the US hasn't involved itself with military forces, it has increased the arms and logistics of supplies to rebels. Turkey and Saudi Arabia have already come to the front desk, with the former continuing to bombard Kurdish armed forces in Syria and the latter holding large-scale military drills targeting Syria, expecting to expedite ground forces there.

"A war for the regional agent" was about to escalate. The timing of Russia's pullout sends a positive signal to make peace in the world. After two weeks of ceasefire, Syrian talks have restarted in Geneva. The economic plight in Russia has made Putin more determined to pull away from Syria.

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