Russian president Vladimir Putin is an arrogant man who seeks to control all situations, but for someone who spent formative years in the KGB, there is always an element of reality to his life. There are increasing signs that Russia grasps the end is in sight for Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. Mikhail Bogdanov, Deputy Foreign Minister sounded the first bugle sounds of recall from Syria. “An opposition victory can ‘t be excluded, unfortunately, it’s necessary to look at the facts.” In other words, goodbye old comrade.
If Putin can confront reality, what will it take for Assad to understand this is his last opportunity to leave in one piece with his family and find refuge in a nice dacha outside of Moscow. I have a hunch he will not lack for money.