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Published in Press Stream:
October 22, 2015

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Published in Stream:
October 22, 2015
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The Interpreter
Russian-to-English translation journal, with original analysis and commentary on Russia's foreign & domestic policy.
How Far Will Russia Go To Support One Man?
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Stream: October 22, 2015
Publication: Putin in Syria
Rebels Reportedly On The Offensive In Hama & Latakia, Civilians Shelled By Regime In Response

Michael Weiss, on the visit of Syrian President Bashar al Assad to Moscow earlier this week:

“Assad’s public visit to Moscow to stroke Putin’s ego is not surprising given Moscow’s efforts to prop up the Syrian regime,” one U.S. intelligence official told The Daily Beast. “That said, it is interesting that Assad visited Moscow first—instead of Tehran—and that he left Syria in the midst of the regime’s largest counteroffensive in months.”

U.S. intelligence officials have previously assessed that the Assad regime is getting significant backing from Iranian ground forces, and that the support continues to grow, but that it’s not necessarily translating into victories. They think that while some tactical swings along the frontline might favor Assad’s regime in the near term, many provincial capitals occupied by his army remain under threat.

That may help explain Assad’s decision to be seen publicly aligning with Putin, who has supplied essential air cover to forces on the ground. The official characterized Assad’s Moscow visit as a publicity stunt that doesn’t bode well for the dictator’s future. “It only reinforces the notion that Assad has lost control of his country, and is now firmly under Putin’s thumb,” the official said.

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Assad Comes to Daddy in Moscow

Syria's embattled dictator Bashar al-Assad made a surprise visit to the Kremlin. No reporters in Russia's state-controlled press were informed of his arrival on Tuesday night; it was only when Assad had already departed home for Syria that Russian leader Vladimir Putin's press secretary, Dmitry Peskov, informed journalists of the talks.

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Oct 23, 2015 01:26 (GMT)