At the end of 2015, there was a major shift in attitude from western countries in regards to their involvement in the ongoing wars in the middle-east. Following Canadian Prime Minister Trudeau's lead, more and more countries pulled out of direct military intervention in crisis zones in the region, and by the end of 2016, only the U.S. and Russia were still carrying out military interventions.
As international pressure increased, the two countries found themselves in the same camp, against the rest of the western world. Unlikely allies as they were, this forced cooperation between the two, and in the latter half of 2017, they agreed to join forces, and coordinate their activity in the region. As the conflict kept on intensifying, and more and more countries joined the call to end any military activities and concentrate on humanitiarian aid instead, an unprecendented friendship started to bloom between the former rivals.
Today, in 2018, the U.S. and Russia have more enemies than ever in the international community, but, as they stand united, it seems there is little the rest of the world can do to stop the two superpowers from behaving as they please. And as history is constantly rewritten, it now appears as if most of the citizens of these countries see the other as a long-time, natural ally, with whom they entertain a healthy rivalry that keeps pushing them to exceed themselves. Whether this is something to be happy about, however, remains far from certain.