Short of U.S. military action, which now appears nil, there is little leverage to convince Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in Damascus to cooperate. In the divided crucial city of Aleppo and other parts of northern Syria, Assad, backed by Russia, seems bent on controlling as much territory as possible should peace talks ever succeed.
“We don’t want to have a deal for the sake of the deal.”
President Vladimir Putin urged the warring sides to immediately observe the 1994 ceasefire.
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Friday's agreement did nothing to halt Russian bombing for at least another week, allowing government forces to press on with their offensive.
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Karen Dawisha is the Walter E Havighurst Professor of Political Science at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. She is a world-renowned Russia expert who has written extensively about Soviet foreign policy, Russia-Middle East relations, and contemporary Russian politics.