Analysis: Why Is Russia So Interested in Syria?

September 10, 2015 3:09 PM

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Analysis: Why Is Russia So Interested in Syria?

MOSCOW — Vladimir Putin's alleged murky moves to shore up Syria's embattled government militarily appears to be Russia trying to gain leverage amid isolation from the West, according to analysts.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov told reporters Thursday that planes have delivered military goods and humanitarian assistance to Syria in recent days, but insisted this was in line with current arms contracts.

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