Can Putin really 'win' the Syrian conflict?

As featured in Daily Telegraph

Russia in Syria


Russia still has options in Syria: in principle, it could exit the conflict at any time. To secure its interests, as it will seek to do, Russia is in the long run likely to be more flexible on negotiating a settlement than some of its allies. To reach that stage, it must keep fighting other powers in this multi-layered struggle, thus adding numerous other interests to the mix and reducing its own control over the outcome.