Is the finger deliberate??? Putin at BRICS press conf 16 Oct 2016 Photo KremlinWhat is Putin's assessment of the US accusation that Russia is tampering in its presidential election and, in retaliation, its  cyber, economic and military threats aimed at Moscow? According to Putin, it is an attempt to distract voters. As for sanctions, the US and its allies can "screw themselves."

Russia versus USA Photo YouTube screenshot Binkovs Battleground channel mod01a.pngIt is no secret that, at best, Russia and the United States are "competing" with one another. On the surface, the issues are Syria, oil, nuclear weapons, and superpower leadership in the Middle East. Who is winning? This Israeli perspective suggests an unlikely answer.

Putin Erdogan meet in Turkey on 10 Oct 2016 Photo YouTube screenshot RT channelAccording to one assessment by Israeli intelligence, Russian President Vladamir Putin and Turkey's President Tayyip Erdogan are scrambling to take advantage of the power vacuum left in the Middle East by US President Barack Obama. As Moscow soldifies it superpower presence there, it is already carving up a portion of Syria for shared control with Ankara.

Putin Erdogan Aleppo Jerusalem Photo credits on faceIn China and behind closed doors, the world gave Putin the nod to partner with Turkey, not the US, for "charting the next steps in the Middle East."

Putin Obama meet in China re Syria Photo YouTube screenshot MLordandGod channelAt the G-20 economic summit in China, Obama and Putin met to discuss Syria. One President grimaced, the other smiled. Diplomatically, Russia continues to win; tragically, Syria continues to lose; and warily, Israel continues to adapt to a new superpower in the Middle East.

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