Published on Mar 17, 2016
After all the initial Western giddiness over the partial Russian pullout from Syria & the talk of an apparent, but false, rift between Moscow & Damascus, President Putin today issued an unequivocal clarification. Russia is still to remain in the fight to defeat terrorism in Syria, & can increase its involvement at a few hours notice, as approved for by the legitimate Syrian govt, to further that very cause. At the same time, Russia wants this move to be seen as a move that all sides can take advantage of to finally further peace in Syria. We still wait to see if the Saudi-backed opposition will step up.