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originally posted by: DJW001
a reply to: tanka418
Thank you. Both gentlemen are involved in illegal activities. Putin runs his government using the same techniques that crime bosses do. He personally approves every corrupt business venture and uses his inside knowledge of loopholes to blackmail oligarchs into doing his bidding. Disloyalty is punished by death, economically or literally. As for Erdogan, his family connections to corrupt, illegal activities are well known. This is why " international law" is irrelevant. This is a turf war between two rival crime syndicates.
Putin has already signaled that he is about to throw Assad under the bus. He cannot afford a protracted campaign in yet another corner of the Near Abroad. The Russian Navy and Merchant Marine require unimpeded access to the Bosporus, and the Russian economy needs the Turk Pipeline to be constructed. Provided Russia gets to keep its Mediterranean port, it doesn't matter who heads the Syrian government. Contrary to what some people who are overly influenced by Russian propaganda, Turkey holds all the cards. All Putin can do is bluster to save face.
Many of those attributes you give to Putin can also be characterized as good politics and diplomacy. I won't argue that some tactics are "above and beyond" what seems reasonable. Nor would I argue that some activities are illegal, but, I would hasten to point out that these are the behaviors of virtually all world "leaders".
Some of what we perceive as "wrong" or "corrupt" are cultural differences; it is important that we properly adapt to this.
I was going to respond here with how that is what I had expected from the beginning. That Putin was more interested in stabilizing Syria, and then holding elections and possible replace Assad.