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De Volkskrant - Netherlands | Friday, October 2, 2015

Russian bombs no solution for Syria

A solution to the Syria conflict is further away than ever, warns the centre-left daily De Volkskrant after the start of the Russian airstrikes: "Everything indicates that what Moscow really wants is to keep Assad's army in the saddle to strengthen the Syrian president's bargaining position. The Kremlin is convinced that the chaos will only grow in Syria if Assad's regime collapses. Russia's intervention will certainly be effective in the short term: the rebels are powerless against the Russian fighter jets. But in the long term the bombings will only hinder negotiations on a change of regime. ... However, even Moscow will admit in the end that there can be no solution with Assad. And then both Russia and the West will have to accept a painful compromise."

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