When making decisions on Syria, Russian President Vladimir Putin is guided not by likes and dislikes, but by the interests of the country. He spoke about this in an interview for the documentary film by Evgeny Poddubny “No room for error. Christmas visit to Damascus ”. A fragment of the conversation was published on the Russia 1 website.
“When making decisions of this kind, I mean now not a flight, of course, but decisions in the Syrian direction, I am guided primarily not by my likes and dislikes, but by the interests of the Russian state,” the Russian leader said.
In May 2020, the United States said that Putin was apparently tired of the country’s participation in the increasingly prolonged civil war in Syria. As noted by Newsweek, Syria remains Moscow’s main ally in the Middle East, but the current president of the country, Bashar al-Assad, is increasingly testing the Kremlin’s patience.
The Syrian civil war began in March 2011. The main participants in the conflict are government forces supporting President Bashar al-Assad, the so-called moderate opposition and Islamist groups. The opposition is supported by Turkey, Russia is helping the Assad government.