Syrian army reversals spook Russia into hasty military build-up

September 19, 2015 2:26 AM

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Syrian army reversals spook Russia into hasty military build-up

For Putin, Russia's bolstered military assistance in Syria is a potential diplomatic trump card and a handy way of diverting attention from Ukraine's frozen conflict.

MOSCOW - For President Vladimir Putin, Russia's military build-up in Syria is a potential diplomatic trump card and a handy way of diverting attention from Ukraine's frozen conflict. But it was a panicky realization that the Syrian government was being turned over on the battlefield that tipped the ...

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