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Financial Times - United Kingdom | Tuesday, September 29, 2015

West must not trust Putin on Syria

With his policy in Syria Russian President Putin is pursuing objectives that run counter to the interests of the US and the EU, the conservative daily Financial Times warns: "Russia faces a threat from Islamist terrorism in the Middle East; but Moscow is also seeking to retain its military foothold in Syria. More significantly, Mr Putin wants to turn world attention away from the conflict in Ukraine, which has transformed him into an international pariah; and he wants to distract the attention of Russians at home from a shrinking economy damaged by western sanctions. He is anxious to demonstrate that Russia is a great power that cannot be ignored or isolated."

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