Russia sees the renewal of diplomacy on Syria as a chance to lose the status of international pariah. It has found relevance by getting involved in a crisis where Western strategy is full of holes.
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"Russia’s military involvement in Syria and the new diplomatic efforts to end the civil war confirm that Russia’s political significance exceeds its GDP—not that anyone doubted that. But it also shows Russia the limits of its global reach—that it can make an impact in the world only in places where Western policy is full of holes that need covering."