Russian-Israeli Conflict in the Skies of Syria
The National Interest -

Paul R. Pillar

Security, Middle East

Russia, Iran and the Syrian regime have been functioning as allies in the Syrian war despite their different interests.

The sudden ruffling of Israeli-Russian relations over the accidental shootdown by Syria of a Russian surveillance aircraft, killing fifteen crew members, is the sort of incident apt to happen when a modus vivendi joins parties with much different perspectives, one of them broad and the other narrow.

Russian president Vladimir Putin has the...

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