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What is Putin’s real agenda in Syria and Ukraine?

Russia's President is using the Syrian crisis for other ends

By Bill Browder   January 2016

Russian President Vladimir Putin speaks to journalists after meeting with French President Francois Hollande to discuss military action in Syria. ©AP, Alexander Zemlianichenko, pool

With Vladimir Putin’s recent military foray into the Middle East, everyone is wondering why exactly he is there. Russia’s President would have the world believe that he is helping to defeat Islamic State. More sceptical observers would say that he is in…

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