December 13, 2013

Russia Won't Be a Major Force in the Mideast

Alan Philps, The National

The Associated Press

Could the Kremlin be a source of stability to counteract the restive spirits in Washington? Or is President Vladimir Putin only interested in tripping up Washington, as he defends his beleaguered Syrian ally?

Diplomatic traffic has been intense between Moscow and the region, exemplified by the joint visit of Russia’s foreign and defence ministers to Egypt to rekindle a relationship that died when former Egyptian president Anwar Sadat expelled Soviet military advisers in 1972.

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