The Real Reason Putin Supports Assad | Foreign Affairs.
In short, Putin wants no change in Syria, and his people will keep fighting for regime preservation in Geneva 2 and beyond, even as the country and the region implode. Caught between the ideological blinders of Obama and those of Putin, a rock and a hard place indeed, Syria has been lost and millions of her citizens are now paying the price. Acting in his own unique way, each leader managed to conjure up the worst case scenario had had dreaded all along, and since each is in the habit of running forward from his fuckups, the situation is bound to get worse. Regional meltdown is around the corner, and the fallouts will go global.