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Russia’s Middle East crusade

Russia’s growing influence in the Middle East is a result of the United States’ lack of strategy in the region. Through its engagement in Syria, Moscow seeks a return to the first league of global players.

In mid-December 2017 Vladimir Putin unexpectedly visited the Hmeimim air base, southwest of the Syrian city of Latakia. He was the first president of a major power to visit the war-torn Syria since the conflict began seven years ago. The visit resembled a victory parade. While the level of triumphalism was clearly over the top, as Syria is still immersed in the fight against the self-proclaimed Islamic State, Putin, two years after sending his troops, can deem his endeavour a success.
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February 26, 2018 - Paweł Pieniążek - Hot TopicsIssue 2 2018Magazine

Mission accomplished. Vladimir Putin’s unexpectedly visit the Khmeimim air base in Syria resembled that of a victory parade. Photo: en.kremlin.ru (CC)

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