Russian President Vladimir Putin (C), Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu (R) and Syrian President Bashar al-Assad visit the Hmeymim air base in Latakia Province, Syria December 11, 2017. Sputnik/Mikhail Klimentyev/Sputnik via REUTERS
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It has also adopted the policy of sieges that the regime and the Jewish state employed in Lebanon in the 1980s.And just as Israel with such policies changed facts on the ground, and continues to do so, the Assad regime has been using the U.N. and other countries to advance this strategy by creating hurdles and introducing new conditions every time a conference is held to address the conflict, whether it is in Geneva, Istanbul or Astana.Even Staffan de Mistura, the U.N.'s Syria envoy, after strenuous years of trying to make the Syrian regime budge, has come to the same conclusion, finally throwing in the towel and calling a spade a spade.
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