When Russian involvement in Syria is viewed in the context of supporting President Bashar al-Assad, reaction is totally negative. When it is considered as part of the fight against the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), the perception is mostly positive. The difference is determined by the fact that some players are mostly concerned by ISIS, others by the bloodshed of the Syrian civil war.
Risk and reward
To make direct involvement happen, the dividends should outweigh possible losses, but Russia will never send troops to fight on the ground.Maria Dubovikova