Russia and the Middle East
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Is Russia behind the Assad's attempt to foil the Geneva talks


A group of Russian deputies arrived in Damascus on the occasion of the so called "parlamentary elections". Does it mean Russia is tending to endorse this staged manipulation on the Assad's side?

Meanwhile the Syrian opposition delegation suspended its participation in Geneva talks. The Syrian government's chief negotiator has said his side is pushing for an expanded administration led by President Bashar al-Assad, and that Assad's own future was not up for negotiation. The Western-backed Syrian opposition said on Monday that it was taking what it called a pause from UN-sponsored talks in Geneva aimed at ending the five-year-old conflict. The oppositon wants some form af transitional governing body with full executive powers - but without Assad.

For the Radio Liberty Dr. Alexander SHUMILIN, professor of the Middle East studies, argues that the looming deadlock of the Geneva talks is being caused by the Assad regime planned strategy to impose its military supremacy in the battlefield as well as the "fait accompli" approach in domestic politics. It doesn't always go in line with the Russian vision of the Syrian settlement prospects.