Vladimir Putin is looking unstoppable after a string of victories that Trump handed to him on a plate
This week alone, the Russian president:
Replaced the US as the chief power broker in Syria.
Drew a NATO member, and buffer between Russia and Europe, close into his orbit.
Showed global ambition by hosting all 54 African nations to sign billions in new business deals.
His deal to jointly patrol northeastern Syria with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, made on Tuesday, establishes Russia as a power player in the war-torn country.
Putin is now a bridge between Turkish militants and Bashar al-Assad's regime, and a guarantor of regional security.