Russia’s grand strategy: how Putin is using Syria conflict to turn Turkey into Moscow’s proxy

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Turkey, Russia and Iran have actively involved themselves in the Syrian conflict, each with their own divergent interests.

  • Mustafa Demir
  • The Conversation

Moscow and Tehran have put their support behind the regime of the Syrian president, Bashar al-Assad, hoping it retains its influence over the strategic Syrian region.

Demir 2bMeanwhile, since the very beginning of the crisis in 2011, Turkey has been obsessed with removing Assad.

So far, the three countries have managed to accommodate their various aims.

And the meetings between the three powers in 2017 and 2018 – in…

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