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How Russia made the Middle East

The country’s current strategy risks fuelling a sectarian war

By Robert Fry  

Vladimir Putin speaks to the United Nations General Assembly in New York on 28th September 2015.

Speaking to the UN General Assembly in September, President Vladimir Putin laid out Russia’s position on Syria. It was a mistake, he claimed, to refuse co-operation with the Syrian Government. Assad was the only participant in the Syrian war with any democratic authority, Putin said, and was the best hope for defeating terrorism in the region, of…

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