Syria-Russia Relations during the Syrian Crisis

Ankita Borah


:   The outbreak of an armed conflict in Syria in 2011 sent shock waves not only throughout West Asia but around the world. This particular war engulfed not only domestic and regional forces but major world powers such as US and Russia also. This paper’s main focus would be to explore and examine Syria’s increasing closeness with Russia at the backdrop of the domestic crisis. The issue at hand seems important because although Syria shared favourable relations with the Soviet Union, the early 1990s did not help to forge robust relations with Russia but their relationship was rather ambivalent. Gradually, in 2000s closer relations were witnessed between them while Syria was facing increasing international isolation due to a variety of factors. The paper aims to understand deepening of relations between Syria and Russia at the backdrop of the Syrian crisis by taking into account the political, military and economic dimensions.

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