Russian Mediation Efforts in Syria

Syria / March 10, 2016


Russian mediators are helping the Syrian government to broker deals with rebels seeking to lay down their weapons or to relocate to insurgent strongholds, as Moscow plays a role underwriting local truces with besieged opposition fighters.

National reconciliation minister Ali Haidar also said escalating military pressure was forcing more rebels to seek out deals that have resulted in some moving from areas of Damascus and Homs to insurgent strongholds in Idlib and Raqqa.

Haidar’s comments in an interview with Reuters reflect the dramatic shift in momentum in the Syrian war since Russia began air strikes in support of President Bashar al-Assad on Sept. 30.

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on March 15, 2016

What are your thoughts on whether or not the reports of Russia scaling back their involvement in Syria are a sign of success or failure in their mediation efforts in dealing with the conflicting parties in the region?

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