The Real Reasons for Vladimir Putin’s Syria Op-Ed

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By Patrick Reevell, Rolling Stone
15 September 13

Russia’s president is savoring a moment where he can take the moral high ground in an international crisis.

n a long op-ed published in The New York Times this week, titled “A Plea for Caution from Russia,” Russian President Vladimir Putin pleaded for the U.S. not to launch military strikes against Syria. Instead, citing international law and concern for civilians, Putin urged America to pursue Russia’s proposed plan for Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad to hand over his chemical weapons.

The moral high ground is not usually a place where you’d find Putin – a man better known for jailing critics, persecuting gays and steamrolling smaller countries. Since the Syrian crisis began, Putin has stood by Russia’s long-time ally, blocking any U.N. criticism of Assad’s regime, while upping arms shipments to the war-torn nation. For two years, Russia has had to…

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