Declassified

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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