There is no doubt that Russia under Vladimir Putin is not the weak state that it was after the disintegration of the Soviet Union. The Russian president wants to restore Russia to the glory of the USSR and its geopolitical position. Its military intervention in Ukraine, through which it controlled strategic sites in Crimea, was followed by Moscow annexing the peninsula after a mockery of a referendum whereby the local people apparently voted to join the Russian Federation.
Russia has also intervened in Syria to end the revolution against its ally, the killer Bashar Al-Assad. It wanted to keep him as …read more
Source:: Middle East Monitor