Putin Got Exactly What He Wanted in Syria
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The Kremlin’s objective was always to achieve a negotiated settlement through the Geneva Talks that allows Syrian President Bashar al-Assad to remain in power for some time and for Russia to retain its key influence over his government. It was not to fight terrorism in Syria.
The Economist totally weighs in.
So he's stronger than he looks.