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    In this Oct. 12, 2011 file photo, supporters of the Syrian government hold a pro-Russian banner to show their support for President Bashar Assad and to thank Russia and China for blocking a U.N. Security Council resolution condemning Syria for its brutal crackdown, during a demonstration in Damascus, Syria.

    Russia in Syria: Putin is Doing Everything Right – German Magazine

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    The Russian president has been able to convince the West that those who want peace in Syria should cooperate with Assad to get things off the ground, German magazine Stern wrote.

    Russian President Vladimir Putin is again winning the respect on the international arena as he managed to offer a constructive solution for Syria, while other countries were at a loss, Stern wrote.

    During the crisis in Libya, Russia repeatedly spoke about the danger of NATO’s military intervention, which could create more chaos and bring Islamists to power. And now, four years later, Libya lies in ruins, and the influence of Islamic radicals is increasing, the article said.

    In the case of Syria, Moscow has called for diplomacy and dialogue with Assad and stressed that if the West resumes its attempts to "export democracy", it will open the door to Islamic radicalization. Now that the Syrian conflict has claimed the lives of more than 300,000 people and the flow of refugees to Europe continues, the West no longer has any plan to resolve the conflict.

    While Western countries are confused about what to do next, Putin is taking concrete action. And this is not only because he is willing to support his ally Bashar al-Assad, but also to prevent the spread of ISIL’s influence to the North Caucasus and the emergence of a new major threat to national security.

    The newspaper stressed that Putin managed to convince the West of the need for dialogue with the Syrian president and overcome the general state of hopelessness. He also proved able to propose an action plan that would help his ally to strengthen his influence in the region, improve Russia’s reputation on the world stage and put his potential enemy ISIL to its knees.

    In other words, "Putin is doing everything right — at least everything to ensure the interests of his own country," the newspaper wrote.

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