Moscow rift with As­sad

The Star Early Edition - - WORLD -

RUS­SIA is dis­cov­er­ing that it is los­ing in­flu­ence over Syr­ian Pres­i­dent Bashar al-As­sad, as he grows in­creas­ingly con­fi­dent about his sur­vival.

In an ef­fort to re­cover lever­age, Rus­sia is re­fus­ing to pro­vide air sup­port to en­able As­sad to be­gin an as­sault on the last rebel bas­tion of Idlib, ac­cord­ing to Rus­sian law­mak­ers and Krem­lin ad­vis­ers.

The Rus­sian stance, aimed at re­in­forc­ing its ef­forts to es­tab­lish so-called de-es­ca­la­tion zones to strengthen a cease-fire in Syria, is cre­at­ing a grow­ing rift with As­sad.

Wash­ing­ton Post

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