The flurry of recent reports that have appeared in the Western media concerning a Russian military intervention in Syria are definitely wrong.
The episode tells us a great deal about Western political priorities and methods of news management, and about how stories about Russia can circulate even after it is clear that they have no truth.
What is going on? To get a sense of what might be happening, and why these stories of Russian military intervention in Syria are circulating, some background concerning Russia’s role in the Syrian conflict is needed.
The Saker has recently written an excellent piece explaining why a Russian military intervention in Syria is extremely unlikely.
Back in 2012 I also wrote a piece explaining how Western understanding of Russia’s Syrian policy is almost completely wrong. Russia does not have major economic, political or military interests in Syria, and the importance of Russia’s small naval facility (it is…
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