Russia’s grip on Syria tightens as brittle ceasefire deal leaves US out in the cold

Russia’s economy may be stumbling as oil prices fall, but in a week of extraordinary military and diplomatic turmoil over the war in Syria, President Vladimir Putin has proved that his global influence and ambitions have only been sharpened by financial troubles.

For now he seems to be calling all the shots in Syria’s civil war. Russian jets allowed Syrian government troops to break out of a stalemate in Aleppo, cutting supply routes into a city that has been a rebel stronghold for years.

  • Drunk_by_Noon

    Was it tampered with?
    Did we get it back in parts?

  • simus1

    The ethnic turkmen majority areas in northern syria whose anti Bassar al-Assad inhabitants like to use parachuting Russian pilots for target practice are unlikely to be part of any peace pause. Just the opposite in fact, when Russian jets get caught up on regular business and Putin wants to poke sultan erdogan and his cannon fodder.

  • Putin is *THIS* close to getting that pipeline.

  • Hard Little Machine

    Obastard never wanted any foreign presence at all. He’s got that. Now he needs to sit the fuck down and shut the fuck up.