A Russian military police officer stands guard at the Russian air base in Hmeimim, Syria.
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The same day that Russian diplomats struck a deal with Turkey over a demilitarized zone in Syria's last rebel-run region, dozens of Russian businessmen were flying home from Damascus, contracts in hand for trade with a postwar Syria.Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov dashed from one meeting to the next in the U.N. headquarters, stressing Russia's concerns about Syria with top diplomats of Iran and Turkey, and with U.N. Syria envoy Staffan de Mistura.Even as Russia flaunts its diplomatic success, it's also securing a military future with Syria. Russia announced Monday it's selling S-300 missile systems to Syria.Russia, for example, wants to rebuild Syria's train network.The next few weeks will be critical for Syria and for Russia's footprint.
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