Analysis For Moscow, U.S. Strikes in Syria Encroach on Russia's Turf

In Russian, the region is not called the Middle East, but the Near East, and Russia does not appreciate Washington’s footprint on what it considers its own battlefields.

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MOSCOW – A popular Russian newspaper ran this front page headline this week: “Moscow and Tehran tell Washington: Fuck Off!” If that tells you anything about the mood in Russia before the U.S. strike on the...