Russia’s S-400 surface to air missile system and its Su-35 fighters in Syria are a major headache for the US-led coalition. However, from Moscow’s standpoint they create almost as many problems as opportunities.
Last Monday a UN aid convoy was targeted and destroyed by what appears to be Russian-made munitions. It is therefore likely that either the Russian Air Force or the Syrian Air Force carried out the attack.
The distinguished legacy of a British-born pioneer in UN peacekeeping operations should provide London with the impetus to provide further leadership on this topic at a ministerial conference it hosts this week.
General Sir Richard Barrons has laid out his concerns about the defence and security postures adopted by the UK, NATO, and the West more generally, at a time of what he argues is a substantially increased threat to global peace and security.
With the US recently increasing its air operations in Yemen, the West still has a role to play in the Houthi conflict. But what conditions need to be in place for the coalition to triumph conclusively?