After using its veto power in the Security Council to halt any efforts to remove President Assad of Syria, the Russian government came out swinging at the Syrian strongman. President Medvedev stated bluntly to Assad: “if the Syrian leadership is incapable of conducting such reforms, it will have to go.” In other words, end the violence, create some semblance of a democratic government or the roof will fall in.
To reinforce the seriousness of the situation, Turkey, once the strongest supporter of President Assad, also came out with warnings. Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davuloglu told the Syrian leader: “Every domestic crisis in Syria will affect Turkey, Iraq, Lebanon, Jordan, Israel and Palestine. So when an internal conflict in Syrian poses a risk to Turkey, we will take all necessary measures.”
What exactly will it take to persuade Assad to wise up?