Putin is a cold and calculating chauvinist. His foreign policy presents Russia, as the big dog... which needs a big enemy. Putin PR campaign was built for hostility against the west. A few years ago, Russia was competing for a European path. Today under Putin, they are a bastion for Christian orthodoxy... and 'Russia for Russians' neo-nationalism. One morning Putin wakes up and decides... no S - 300 missile defense system for Syria or Tehran. By night-time, the missiles are cellophane-wrapped and shipped via the Baltic Sea.
Palestinians report IDF airstrikes on Islamic Jihad targets in southern Gaza Strip (Haaretz)
from the article: In the poker game with Obama on Syria, Putin playing the Israel card