Russia and US tensions

Earlier last week the UN General Assembly had a meeting and it seemed the long-expected environment for America and Russia to discuss what the best course of action in Syria could be. But even though nothing was settled in these discussions Russia decided to strike the country by air on Wednesday. Russia’s intervention is aimed to defeat ISIS and reduce the flow of refugees to Europe. However US officials affirm that so far they did not seem to be aiming at territory under IS control. Furthermore they announced that they had only been informed about the attack an hour before it took place. The US welcomed this military action but only as long as it is directed against IS and al-Qaeda like groups.

The Refugee Tragedy

  Four years after the start of the Syrian civil war, more than 200,000 people have died in the cross fire, and it is estimated that there are at least 7.6 million displaced people. Countries like Lebanon, Iraq or Turkey have been taking in refugees from the war inside their borders. The EU, faced with the rapidly expanding tragedy, though slow to react, is gradually increasing the trains to bring refugees into countries like Germany or Austria. However some states are still reticent about giving asylum to refugees arguing that jihadists might go through their borders claiming to be refugees. Some others have completely closed their borders to them, endangering the EU borderless Schengen agreement.