No One But U.S. Believes Russia Will Abandon Assad

Obama is hoping that Putin will not indefinitely tolerate the costs of war.

Deputy Secretary of State Antony Blinken, in Bahrain.

Photographer: MOHAMMED AL-SHAIKH/AFP/Getty Images

The Obama administration began a new diplomatic process Friday to solve the Syria crisis -- a gambit that depends on Russia to eventually push Syrian President Bashar al Assad to step down. But not even America’s allies think Russia will reverse its support for the dictator.

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