January 15, 2014

Why Bashar al-Assad Is Staying

Todd Wood, Moscow Times

The Associated Press

The bottom line is that historical ambitions, commercial interests and security concerns will prevent Russia from ever allowing the Assad regime to be removed from power. In fact, expect Russia to use the current conflict and negotiations for peace to cement Russian goals in the region and to further the influence of Putin's resurgent Russian Empire. While the West stumbles from a lack of leadership, Russia will take advantage and Assad will remain in power for the foreseeable future.

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TAGGED: Syria, Bashar Al-Assad, Russia, Tartus

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