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    • Yonatan
    • 17.06.13 | 18:40 (IDT)

    Russia (inits previous incarnation as the USSR) used to have a pretty free hand here in the Middle East, with both Egypt and Syria as client states. In fact, when, in the Yom Kippur War of 1973, Israel gained the upper hand against Egypt and Syria, the USSR threatened to intervene unless Israel stopped fighting. Now, Russia has only one lone outpost in the ME, and that too is tottering. So it's easy to understand Putin's frustration.

    from the article: Russia vows to prevent Syria no-fly zone; U.S.: Issue not on table at NATO
    First published 17:30 17.06.13 | Last updated 17:30 17.06.13
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