What is the role of Russia in the Middle East today?

While NATO countries become more and more embroiled in the fight against brutal leaders in the Middle East, Russia is moving ever closer to the role of the middleman. How Russia reacts to an expected UN referendum condemning Syria for violence against protestors will determine Russia’s future role in the region. Alexey Malashenko, an expert on Russian and Eurasian politics at the Carnegie Moscow Center explains why Russia can successfully act as a mediator in the region.

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