Live Updates: The Kremlin has denied claims published by the Financial Times that the late GRU chief, Igor Sergun, had travelled to Syria to ask, without success, that Bashar al-Assad step aside. The previous post in our Putin in Syria column can be found here.
The Syrian regime has won its first victory since Russian airstrikes were launched in Syria. Is Russia about to escalate its direct involvement on the ground? The previous post in our Putin in Syria column can be found here.