18 months after having defied the world to annex Crimea, Russia’s President Vladimir Putin is taking aim elsewhere. Last week, Putin confirmed what Western governments had suspected, that Moscow is putting boots on the ground in Syria. It remains unclear how many troops and exactly the extent of the military hardware which the Kremlin will deploy to protect the Assad dictatorship. However, there is every indication that this is no fleeting Russian adventure, rather a Middle East foothold for Mos...

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