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Russian warplanes taking off from the aircraft carrier Admiral Kuznetsov, December 2016. Russian forces were engaged in operations in Syria. Courtesy of PA Images/Andrei Luzik

The Russian Military Commitment in Syria and the Eastern Mediterranean

Rod Thornton
Article, 17 October 2018
Russia, Syria
Russia is likely to stay in the region for the long term.

Western powers are normally keen to stress that their overseas military interventions will be distinctly finite. Russia’s President Vladimir Putin, however, is doing no such thing in relation to Syria. As Rod Thornton shows, he has made it clear that the commitment of Russian forces to the Eastern Mediterranean region is very much for the long haul.

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