We should not be surprised at Russia’s continuing support for Syria’s brutally repressive regime — particularly Vladimir Putin’s refusal to condemn President Assad for the recent chemical weapons attack on his own people in the Syrian town of Khan Sheikhun.
After all, Russia and the former Soviet Union have a long history of backing repressive regimes. Indeed, the Soviet Union was quite happy to sign a non-aggression pact with Hitler during the
Second World War and then sit back as the Nazis invaded country after country — until they invaded Russia itself.
Putin, a former member of the KGB, is a throwback to the old Soviet-style leadership and appears to have only one aim: to restore Russia’s influence to the level it enjoyed as the Soviet Union during the long decades of the Cold War.
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