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Russia’s Interests in the Syrian Conflict: Power, Prestige, and Profit

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Despite the crimes against humanity committed by Bashar Assad’s regime in Syria and despite the growing international pressure, Russia provided steadfast international political support to the regime during the development of the conflict in Syria in March 2011-July 2012. The article examines Russia’s position and analyzes the reasons behind its support for the regime, arguing that it was primarily motivated not by material interests but rather by the foreign policy doctrine of multipolarity and the wish to maintain influence and reputation in the region.

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