The Syrian civil war is all but concluded. And the result must be described as a complete success for Vladimir Putin. No other party in the conflict can claim to have gained as much from the conflict as Putin has. Not even President Assad himself. And President Putin has every intention to capitalize on this success.
Putin has benefited immensely from the way in which the wave of refugees from Syria into Europe has destabilized the political edifice of the European Union, and the internal politics of many EU member statesDr. Azeem Ibrahim