Syria

“Putin revels in others’ weakness. A man with a facelift who poses bare-chested on horseback is not a well man”

The Syrian desert city now recaptured from ISIS has a long affinity with St Petersburg, and the Hermitage will be vital to its restoration

“The West should acknowledge that a ground deployment of sorts is, ultimately, the only way to quash IS”

In both Ukraine and Syria, the Russian President has exploited the West’s weakness to divide Nato and halt the advance of democracy

‘Europe must force Iran to rethink its support for Assad, the main cause of Syrian misery and the migration crisis’

“I’ve said it before: where do the Israel-bashers stand on Syria? I’ll say it again because I hear a resounding silence.”

“The Obama White House has bought into Iran’s narrative that there is a convergence of interests over Islamic State in Syria and Iraq”

The Parisian political elite has lost touch with reality and the public

‘In the savage quagmire of Iraq, the Kurdish enclave is a state in all but name—and one that displays Western traits of decency, tolerance, freedom, stability and prosperity’

‘In Syria and Iraq my enemy’s enemy is not my friend, not even by the wildest stretch of the imagination’