Russian President Vladimir Putin (R) shakes hands with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad during a meeting at the Kremlin in Moscow, Russia, October 20, 2015. REUTERS/Alexei Druzhinin/RIA Novosti/Kremlin
Bloomberg: Putin Aims to Lock In Syrian Gains Before New U.S. President
* Escalation continues even as diplomats gather in Switzerland
* ‘Once there is no ammunition, there is no war,’ lawmaker says
President Vladimir Putin is seeking to lock in gains from the Syrian battlefield, where forces backed by Moscow are laying siege to the city of Aleppo, before a new U.S. president takes office in January, according to top lawmakers in Moscow.
Russia is pressing on with an offensive aimed at capturing Aleppo, once Syria’s biggest city and commercial capital, within a matter of months as the U.S and its allies consider increased arms deliveries to rebels fighting President Bashar al-Assad’s forces. The Kremlin has rejected pressure to halt the bombardment of Aleppo, where 250,000 civilians are trapped in what aid groups and the United Nations have called a humanitarian disaster.
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WNU Editor: The world does not revolve around U.S. elections. The military strategy that is being implemented in Syria (if there is a strategy) will not stop because of what happens in the U.S., and regardless of who becomes the next U.S. President.