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How will Jordan's pivot to Russia pay off?

Jordan and Russia have agreed on military coordination in Syria after a long silence in Amman about Russian intervention there.

After weeks of avoiding public comment on Moscow’s military intervention in Syria that started Sept. 30, Jordan and Russia made a surprise announcement Oct. 23 that both countries had agreed on military coordination in Syria through a joint mechanism.

The announcement was made in Vienna during a press conference held by Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and his Jordanian counterpart, Nasser Joudeh. The latter said that he hoped that “coordination between the Jordanian and the Russian armies will be effective against terrorists of all shades,” adding, “There are deep coordination channels between Jordan and Russia over Syria.”

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