Unrelated to the lowering of rhetorical temperature between the US and China on the trading dispute front, the Russian Ruble is losing value faster than it has since the Crimean putsch. The US is likely to attack Syria and do extensive damage to Russian assets and prestige in the process. 48 hours ago the Israelis attacked a Hezbollah munitions dump. This is hardly news as the Israelis have been doing this systematically fort years since Syria fell apart in 2011 What is news is that the Israelis hit the enemy located at, and operating from a Syrian base from which the Russians operate as well. This is a major change and escalation of Israeli involvement in the region.