Time and again, Vladimir Putin is at the helm

Russia’s economy may well be suffering from the Western economic sanctions over the conflict in Ukraine and US President Barack Obama may well be priding himself for the historic agreement on Iran’s nuclear program, this is still currently his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin who remains the most effective decision-maker on the international scene.

In Ukraine, confusion seems to intensify on the western side and concern keeps growing while any decisive action has yet to be decided. In Syria, Putin has seemingly managed to increase the western powers’ military focus on ISIS and to impose Russia as the decisive backup force both towards the destruction of ISIS and towards the coordination with and thus somehow the survival of Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad’s regime.