December 18, 2013

Russia's Mideast Chess Game

Jiri & Leni Valenta, The National Interest

The Associated Press

Why does Vladimir Putin still support Syria’s Bashar Assad and flirt with the mullahs in Iran? What is his larger goal in the Middle East? Excavating some long-term, domestic roots of Russian conduct may furnish some important clues about the importance of the Middle East in general and Syria in particular for Moscow. The Middle East represents an important global theater for Russia. And for both America and Russia, the Middle East represents an area where they can cooperate.

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