Is the US benefitting from the war?
The US is also further tightening its sanctions against Russia. From an economical point of view it seems to be benefiting from the situation, but does that also apply in geostrategically? Europe's press analyses the indirect consequences of the Ukraine war on Washington's international position.
The real winner is the US
Both economically and in terms of security policy, the US will benefit most from the fallout of the Ukraine war, the Financial Times points out:
“From 2026, if all goes well, liquefied natural gas will arrive via tanker on the shores of northern Germany. ... And those exports are the least of it. If Germany honours its recent pledge to splurge on defence, then the US should be able to share more of Nato's financial and logistical burden. A Europe that is more tethered to America and at the same time less of a drain on it: no Kissinger could have schemed what the Kremlin is poised to achieve through accident.”
Emergence of an alternative world order
The fact that alongside China, Washington's traditional allies are also refusing to isolate Moscow internationally is proof of the US's loss of power, political scientist Lina Kennouche comments in La Tribune:
“The reactions of numerous countries, including the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia, to the war in Ukraine reveal a significant weakening of US soft power. America is no longer able to mobilise its traditional allies, who question its role as 'benevolent hegemon'. This shift appears to be a clear indicator of the move towards an 'alternative world order'.”
Solution for Syria postponed
The Ukraine war is also reshuffling the cards in Syria, T24 observes:
“Just before the war, the US and Iran were on the verge of a handshake regarding the nuclear deal, and discussions were underway as to whether this rapprochement could be used for developments in Syria. To elaborate, not only Ankara but also other international players believe that the path to a viable solution for all sides in Syria would entail a reconciliation among the four dominant powers, Russia, Iran, the US and Turkey. ... The Ukraine war has now torpedoed the negotiation process on Syria that was taking place between Russia and the US behind closed doors.”