Russia has supported Kurdistan politically and logistically in the fight against [IS]
Russia supports them in their fight against ISIS.
Once ISIS is dealt with and the Kurds start demanding their own country Russia will drop them like a hot rock... or do you think Russia will help the Kurds against Syria, Iran, Iraq, and Turkey?
Kurdistan would occupy territory on all those countries if created.
The U.S, and Western E.U + Israel DON'T give a damn about borders.
Of course they don't but it is fun to throw their own words in their faces when they show their double standards.
The americans saw the play and quickly made sure that Russia wasn't going to turn over the war and win it easily in some sort of masterstroke just by being Assad's airforce. They're not stupid. They pushed and Russia blinked. Not to say all the blame belongs to Russia.
What are you talking about?
The US goes half cocked and fucks up and all of a sudden it is Russias fault?
From what I have seen they destroyed some old Fitters and Floggers... big fucking deal.
Replace them with MiG-29SMTs and they are much better off than before the US launched missiles at them.
New air defence systems will also help them defend themselves from any future attacks.
A no fly zone enforced by Su-35s would be the master stroke however...
It was a big mistake for Russia to at the very least not had aligned with one of the current Kurdish groups and set up camp in the North (early on, or at least as soon as they started getting weapons from U.S and making gains).
The Kurds have no future in Syria... there is no point in Russia supporting them because when ISIS and Daesh are brought down to a tolerable level then the Kurds will be the next issue. Would be nice if it could be sorted at a table, but they are armed and have been fighting long enough to know how to handle themselves so I doubt it.
The Kurds will say nice things about Russia as long as Russia plays along with "autonomy". As soon as that doesn't happen they'll scream.
Their fighting ISIS is enough for Russia, and having the US pay for it is a bonus...
The U.S clearly wants certain variations.
Who cares what the US wants...
They are playing with psychos... when they bite the hand that feeds the US will deal with them... or not... not Russias problem.
There is some rare point here in the people blaming the Kurds, but not blaming Iraq because of the same reason. Iraq received higher level armament from the US than the Kurds.
No one is blaming the Kurds for anything... they have their own agenda and issues.
Ideally once ISIS is done then Syria and the Kurds can talk about autonomy or something... but as I said above I doubt the Kurds will settle for anything less than independence... but then that would be a real genuine civil war that Russia doesn't need to get involved with.
Fighting Saudi Arabia and UAE and Qatar and their head chopper army in Syria is what Russia is in Syria for. If Assad leads what finally governs Syria then that is fine... if someone else is in charge then that is fine too for Russia.
This is not about Assad... the only reason Russia supports Assad is because the Syrian people want him.
The alternative is hundreds of factionalised terrorist groups which would lead to a Libya like Anarchy... acceptable for the US and the west, but not for Russia or the thinking parts of the world.
The US makes a lot of money by breaking countries and then selling services to rebuild... works best in oil rich regions that can generate revenue fairly quickly to pay to rebuild.