Putin In Syria: Russia Makes New Enemies, Gets Help From Old Allies

December 4, 2015
Vladimir Putin and Iranian President Hassan Rouhani during a summit of Caspian Sea regional leaders in the southern Russian city of Astrakhan |in 2014 | REUTERS/Alexei Nikolsky/RIA Novosti/Kremlin

Turkey has played a critical role in Russia’s economy, but also in its diplomatic and geopolitical strategy. Now Russia and Turkey, already at odds over the fate of Syrian president Bashar al-Assad, may have irreparably damaged their relationship. But Russia may be getting needed diplomatic support from China and new military assistance from Iran.

The previous post in our Putin in Syria column can be found here.