(Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, right, and Syrian Foreign Minister Walid al-Moallem enter a hall hand in hand for their talks in Moscow, Russia, Friday, Jan. 17, 2014. The Syrian authorities are ready to pool efforts with the opposition to fight terrorists, Muallem said in Moscow on Friday. (AP Photo/Pool) )
Russian defiance a confidence builder for Syria’s Assad
Allies » Moscow’s takeover of the Crimean Peninsula signals its new assertiveness.
By ANNE BARNARD
| The New York Times
First Published Mar 21 2014 11:46 pm • Last Updated Mar 22 2014 05:16 pm
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