Russia’s special envoy for the Middle East discussed with the U.S. special envoy for Syria the prospects of a political settlement for Syria in Moscow on Friday. Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov met with the head of a major Syrian opposition bloc on Monday. The following day, Lavrov reiterated Moscow’s stance that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad is legitimate. The resolution of the Syrian conflict is strongly connected with Russia now, but that does not make the task easy.
Syria has become a matter of honor for Russia after Libya was left to the mercy of the international coalition. Moscow considers Assad as necessary to keep Syria from splitting up and to stop the spread of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS). Russia has succeeded in making Syria free from chemical weapons, thus depriving the West from a strong pretext to intervene.
Russia has succeeded in making Syria free from chemical weapons, thus depriving the West from a strong pretext to interveneMaria Dubovikova