After the terrorist attacks in Brussels in March, 2016, a Russian top official Zhirinovsky, Deputy Chairman of the State Duma of the Russia, the leader of the second biggest party on Russia and a five times Presidential Candidate, made the following statement:
That is beneficial for us. Let them perish and die. (Video at Youtube)
I'd like to know how exactly the Russia benefits from these tragic events.
Some observers (like The Washington Post) quickly suggest that the Russians offer the West „closer cooperation with Moscow in the global fight against terrorism“ — obviously, in exchange of loosening economic sanctions for its past and current aggressions.
The Newsweek article, „Brussels Attacks are Good for Russia, Says Nationalist Leader“ also suggests:
Zhirinovsky’s rationale was that after such attacks European countries would see Russia as an ally and align themselves with Moscow. “Let them then come to us and beg us,” Zhirinovsky said.
This does not sound very convincing:
- The Russian troops has been withdrawn from Syria after making little, if any, harm to ISIS;
- The retreat has occurred just before the coalition was ready to start ground operation in Syria. If it started, the direct military conflict between the coalition and the Russia would become inevitable;
- Besides the Middle East, there are no other places the coalition is planning to fight terrorism in the nearest time, and where the Russian troops can be pf any help;
- The entire behavior of Russian top officials looks like blackmailing: "you either cooperate with us or else wait for more terrorist attacks";
- This also raises a pretty straightforward question of who is responsible for attacks in Brussels. I'd like this to be out of scope of this question, but it seems that Belgian police has already prevented some terrorist attacks by capturing 16 Russians back in summer 2015 (WSJ).
So, besides of the highly controversial argument of Russian hopes of becoming an ally in fight against terrorism, how exactly the Russia benefits from the recent terrorist attacks in Brussels?