1. Choosing Sides

    Russia to Meet With Syrian Opposition

    In this image taken from video obtained from the Shaam News Network, which has been authenticated based on its contents and other AP reporting, smoke rises from buildings from heavy shelling in Homs, Syria, on Thursday, Dec. 27, 2012. (AP Photo/Shaam News Network via AP video)

    Shaam News Network, via AP video

    No amount of criticism can keep Russia away. Russia reached out to the Syrian National Coalition for Opposition and Revolutionary Forces on Friday through the Russian Embassy in Egypt and “expressed readiness to conduct a meeting,”  according to Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov. Russia, a longtime ally of Bashar al-Assad, has yet to formally recognize the group. But in another indication of a policy shift, President Vladimir Putin recently said that Russia is “not preoccupied that much with the fate of the Assad regime.”

    Read it at The Washington Post