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‘It’s like before World War I’: How US and Russia are battling for Middle East influence at rival summits

WorldNews Thursday, 14 February 2019
‘It’s like before World War I’: How US and Russia are battling for Middle East influence at rival summitsDueling Middle East conferences unfolded in Poland and Russia on Thursday, highlighting the competition for influence and the hardening of geopolitical blocs confronting each other over the volatile region. In Warsaw, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, Vice President Mike Pence, and President Donald Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner headlined what was billed as a “peace” conference but amounted to an attempt to pressure sceptical allies to join a gelling anti-Iran alliance that includes Israel and the Arabian Peninsula monarchies. “Leaders from across the region agreed that the greatest threat to peace and security of the Middle East is the Islamic Republic Iran,” said Mr Pence in speech that...
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