Tag: Syrian opposition

In Interview with Bild, Putin Says ‘Premature’ to Offer Assad Asylum; Believes He Could Win Election

January 12, 2016

Live Updates: In part 2 of an interview with Germany’s Bild published at Kremlin.ru, President Vladimir Putin indicates that it is “premature” to offer Syrian President Bashar al-Assad asylum in Russia, and says he could still win the election in 2017. The previous post in our Putin in Syria column can be found here.

Putin Transforming Near Abroad into Near East, Mitrokhin Suggests

June 4, 2014

Staunton, 4 June – Vladimir Putin’s approach in Ukraine appears to be modelled on what he believes the West been doing in Syria, an approach that he hopes to use as the basis of a swap between Moscow and the G-7 but one that could transform what many in Russia continue to call “the near […]

Syrian Peace Conference Now Certain to Fail

January 20, 2014

The Geneva II conference on Syria starts this week. The Syrian National Coalition, the internationally recognized opposition group, has decided that it will attend. The SNC also indicated last week that hopes for success were slim. But those hopes have now fallen to zero. This is not my wish, nor my opinion, but the only […]

Syria, S-300, Sarin and the President’s Pen

May 22, 2013

The New Times has gone to London, Moscow, Tel-Aviv and Damascus to learn about the new diplomatic duel between the Kremlin and the West, the Russian missile systems provided to Assad and its impact on regional dynamics. The talks between US Secretary of State John Kerry and Russian President Vladimir Putin with Russian Foreign Minister […]