Putin’s even where you don’t expect

After his military victory in Syria, his diplomatic victory in Turkey, Putin reiterated with a business victory by selling a chunk of Russian oil giant Rosneft to Qatar. Far from putting the fox in charge of the henhouse – Putin will never be a sheep – the Russian president confirmed ties with Qatar that few – if not nobody – imagined they existed.

Similarly with Saudi Arabia, the Russian government has managed to get well enough with Qatar and therefore create common interests which will be very useful for the Kremlin, if necessary. Like him or not, Putin is the most brilliant statesman of his generation. In proportion to its means, its economy and its population, Russia is currently a superpower on the world scene, whether Barack Obama agrees or not…