- Russia is activating its military aid for the Syrian regime of Bashar al-Assad up to the point of direct involvement of Russian troops in the Syrian conflict
- Assad’s regime= only reliable ally of Russia in the region
- control of Syria over the transit of Iraqi and Arabian oil
- opposing attempts to depose Assad == Kremlin = opposing very possibility of a “regime change”
- rise of ISIS enabled partial normalisation of US relations with Iran => Assad regime stopped being less unacceptable to the US
- activation of Russian help for Assad = already established fact => prepared to work with Russia in an aerial campaign against the Islamic State
- Kremlin’s tactical course +continuation of its struggle for a “fairer multipolar world”
- victims of Syrian regime are far greater than those of ISIS
- Support for Assad = support for a dictator
- Blow to legitimacy of the capitalist system
- Propaganda war and ISIS
- Meeting to focus on humanitarian issues for Syria
- Chemical warsite and Pushing king of the South
- UK forces EU to lift embargo on Syria rebel arms
- Russia supplying weapons to Syrian President Bashar Assad’s regime
The editors of the Russian socialist website openleft.ru analyse why Russia is now openly moving troops into Syria to support the Assad regime.
Cartoon by the activists of Occupied Kafranbel.
A whole range of evidence [also here] indicates that Russia is activating its military aid for the Syrian regime of Bashar al-Assad up to the point of direct involvement of Russian troops in the Syrian conflict. Why now in particular, and what lies behind this?
Taken individually, neither military and political ties, nor economic ties between Russia and the Syrian regime are sufficient to explain the stubborn support for Assad from the Russian Federation, which had become the source of a serious conflict with the West even before the events in Ukraine. Of course, Assad’s regime is now the only reliable ally of Russia in the region, the loss of which would make it unable to continue playing…
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