Putin plays trump card in high-stakes Syria standoff

Putin plays trump card in high-stakes Syria standoff (via AFP)

After over two years of isolation and vilification as the last significant friend of Bashar al-Assad, Russian President Vladimir Putin appears for now to have played a trump card in the Syrian crisis with a plan for the regime to hand over chemical…



 



Russia seizes initiative with plan to secure Syria chem arms

Assad warns against strikes as Russia seeks chem arms deal (via AFP)

Bashar al-Assad warned Monday the United States will “pay the price” if it attacks Syria, as Moscow unveiled a plan to head off strikes by collecting Syrian chemical weapons Assad appeared on US television to pre-empt a media blitz by US President Barack…