Expert says Syria will become Russia’s “last battle”

Expert says Syria will become Russia’s “last battle”

PanARMENIAN.Net - Syria will become Russia’s “last battle” for maintenance of its presence in the Middle East, Armenian political expert said.

“A Russia – China – Iran coalition has been formed, that backs Syrian leader Bashar Assad,”Levon Shirinyan told a press conference.

More than 17,000 people have been killed in Syria since the outbreak of protests against President Bashar al-Assad in March 2011, according to UN estimates.

More than 150,000 Syrian refugees have officially registered in four neighboring countries – Lebanon, Jordan, Iraq and Turkey, while officials acknowledge that the real number of refugees is likely to exceed 200,000.

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"Abrahamyan's appointment came as a compromise, with his candidacy acceptable for the main political forces in Armenia," Arzumanyan said.
Abrahamyan has three weeks to form his cabinet and seek a vote of confidence from the National Assembly controlled by the RPA.
Stepan Safaryan noted that there is an invisible pressure on Sargsyan; "it’s coming from Russia, rather than Armenia," he said.
The course was aimed at professionals who successfully completed the Basic Criminal Intelligence Analysis Course in February 2014.
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