Counting on Russia

Print edition : October 16, 2015

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. Photo: Vahid Salemi/AP

Russian President Vladimir Putin with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry before a bilateral meeting in Sochi, Russia, on May 12. Photo: JOSHUA ROBERTS/REUTERS

In front of the Russian embassy in Damascus in 2013, during a rally in support of the Syrian regime. Photo: Muzaffar Salman/AP

Weapons seized from the Islamic State  in Kobane, northern Syria, on September 6. Photo: YASIN AKGUL/AFP

Russia’s military aid and support to the Syrian government, coupled with the refugee influx into Europe, force the U.S. to drop its regime change agenda and look for a political solution.
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