Russia has changed the game plan and, during potential talks, may demand that Assad stay in power, Ring wrote in his article for Svenska Dagbladet. Such a situation goes against the plans of the US and Europe, which have been demanding Assad’s resignation.
"Russia’s policy [in Syria] means Moscow entered the international arena in a manner no one has seen for several years," the analyst wrote.
Now, the United States, Europe and Turkey will not be able to voice their demands without taking into account Russia’s interests.
Speaking on the possible elections in Syria, the analyst underscored: "Now, Syria is not a country where elections could give a result acceptable to the West. Elections can only be held in the area controlled by the government, but such a vote makes no sense."