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Is Russia About To Ditch Syria? The Truth Is That It May Not Matter
A senior Turkish official said that Russia had agreed on Monday to a new diplomatic approach that would seek ways to persuade President Bashar al-Assad to relinquish power, a possible weakening in Russia’s steadfast support for the government. Fighting raged around Damascus, the Syrian capital, and its airport, disrupting commercial flights for a fourth straight day…
After meeting in Istanbul on Monday, President Vladimir V. Putin and Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey said they had agreed on a new approach to resolving the conflict.
“We are neither protecting the regime in Syria nor acting as their advocate, but remain worried about Syria’s future,” Mr. Putin said at a joint news conference with Mr. Erdogan.
Russia has been hinting for months that it might be prepared to try a new diplomatic angle with Syria, but very little (if anything) has actually changed. Russia is still supplying the country with weapons, and according to some news reports hard currency, and it is still concern-trolling about the plan to put Patriot missile batteries in Turkey. I suppose it’s possible that Moscow will, all of a sudden, change course and join the “Dump Assad” bandwagon just as it’s possible that I make the roster of the injury depleted Philadelphia Eagles. However, like I said back during Russia’s torturous and unending process of gaining WTO membership, I’ll believe it when I see it and untilVladimir Putin goes on TV and says “Assad’s dead to us” I’ll operate with the assumption that Russia is still behind him.
read more at-http://www.forbes.com/sites/markadomanis/2012/12/04/is-russia-about-to-ditch-syria-the-truth-is-that-it-may-not-matter/