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Il Sole 24 Ore - Italy | Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Russia's take on Assad prevails

Moscow has won the long row with Washington over the role Assad should play, the liberal business paper Il Sole 24 Ore writes: "As cynical as it may seem, Putin's position is more consistent and more realistic than the American stance. Putin has managed to sell his idea of Assad as the lesser evil. ... In the past weeks Ankara, Canberra, Berlin and London have signalled a change of position and now no longer categorically reject an Assad-led Syria. In so doing they have essentially rewarded Russian interventionism. Nevertheless it is paradoxical that the person who is being cast as the lesser evil is responsible for the most of the civilian casualties of the four-year civil war."

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