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At present, the Kremlin’s is seeking a diplomatic formula that would keep al-Assad in power while providing Western capitals with a face saving.
At the meeting in Paris, discussions began about the possible extension of the implementation of the Minsk agreements.
Moscow’s recent moves prove that it still has a strong influence in the Middle East – but this is above all the potential for destabilisation.
The operation in Syria is the first open military intervention by the Russian Federation outside the area of the former Soviet Union.