The Debate

Assad in Moscow: Warm embrace or kiss of death? (part 1)

Three weeks after catching the West off guard with a bombing campaign in Syria, President Putin got Bashar al-Assad to make his first trip abroad since the uprising began. Why didn't Assad first visit his other main patron, Iran? Will going to Moscow ensure the Syrian president stays... or will it turn out to be the kiss of death? On Friday, the Russian foreign minister will meet his counterparts from Turkey, Saudi Arabia and the United States. Is a political solution actually possible?

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Produced by Charles Wente, Chris Davis and Emerald Maxwell

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