Путин в Сирии добился всех стратегич. целей, которые ставил. Он жаждет вновь утвердиться на Ближнем Востоке, а на самом деле "имеет в виду Европу" (Putin wants to reassert Russian power in the Middle East, but it is Europe that he really has in mind).
The defeat of anti-Assad rebels who have partially controlled the city since 2012 would leave nothing on the ground in Syria but Assad’s regime and Islamic State. And all hope of a negotiated settlement involving the Syrian opposition will vanish. This has been a longstanding Russian objective – it was at the heart of Moscow’s decision to intervene militarily four months ago.
А последний абзац просто песня:
Putin likes to cast himself as a man of order, but his policies have brought more chaos, and Europe is set to pay an increasing price. Getting the Russian regime to act otherwise will require more than wishful thinking. Aleppo is an unfolding human tragedy. But it is necessary to connect the dots between the plight of this city, Europe’s future, and how Russia hovers over both.
И вообще Сирия, по мнению немцев, теперь зона ответственности РФ, если кто не знал.