Russia’s Greatest Problem in Syria: Its Ally, President Assad

www.nytimes.com

Russia is in a difficult situation as it cannot withdraw from Syria without jeopardizing its achievements but gets entangled more and more in the intricate conflict:

"Mr. Putin can neither withdraw nor push real political change in Syria without risking the collapse of the Assad government, which would jeopardize both the effort to diminish American influence in the region and Mr. Putin’s own prestige. Mr. Assad, well aware of his leverage, resists Russian attempts toward compromise with the Syrian opposition"

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