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Kremlin Relishes U.S. Pullback from Syria, Turmoil in Ukraine

Kremlin Relishes U.S. Pullback from Syria, Turmoil in Ukraine by Vladimir Isachenkov – Associated Press

From Syria to Ukraine, new fault lines and tensions are offering the Kremlin fresh opportunities to expand its clout and advance its interests.

The U.S. military withdrawal from northern Syria before a Turkish offensive leaves Russia as the ultimate power broker, allowing it to help negotiate a potential agreement between Syrian President Bashar Assad and the Kurds who were abandoned by Washington.

And in Ukraine, where the new president saw his image dented by a U.S. impeachment inquiry, Russia may use the volatility to push for a deal that would secure its leverage over its western neighbor…

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