How US Sanctions Cementing Russia, Iran, and China’s Influence on Syria’s Geopolitical Orientation

US envoy James F. Jeffrey’s remark that Washington is no longer seeking Assad’s ouster should be taken with a grain of salt as regime change in Syria remains America’s priority, argues international affairs and security analyst Mark Sleboda, explaining how US sanctions have accelerated the rapprochement between Syria, Russia, Iran, and China.

On Tuesday, Syrian Foreign Minister Walid al-Muallem highlighted that the US Caesar Syria Civilian Protection Act seeks nothing short of starving the citizens of the Arab Republic. Besides this, the latest batch of sanctions is targeting those engaged in reconstruction activities in the war-torn country.

The Caesar Act came into force on 17 June imposing sanctions on 39 Syrian officials including President Bashar al-Assad and his wife and envisaging penalties against any global actor that does business with Damascus. Nevertheless, the Syrian foreign minister expressed confidence that Damascus would manage to overcome the challenge.

‘US Sanctions are a Tool of Regime Change Policy’

The ramping up of the Trump administration’s “illegal economic war of sanctions” on the Arab Republic marks “a shift in methodology” in its long-held policy of regime change against Syria, says Mark Sleboda, a US military veteran and international affairs and security analyst.

According to the military veteran, the US has focused on implementing sanctions since a jihadi proxy war and overt military invasion and occupation of Syrian territory and resources…

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