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How exploitation of Crimea benefits Syria

Over Crimea's five years under the Russian rule, the peninsula has been used in a number of ways to support various Russian activities in Syria.
Russian President Vladimir Putin addresses the crowd during a concert marking the fifth anniversary of Russia's annexation of Crimea, in Simferopol March 18, 2019. Yuri Kadobnov/Pool via REUTERS - RC1E8C97C900
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Russia celebrated on March 18 the fifth anniversary of what Moscow considers the return of Crimea to the fatherland and what most other nations see as annexation of the peninsula from Ukraine. Over its five years under Russian rule, Crimea has come to play an important role for Russian foreign activities, including as a hosting venue for international events. One such event, the fifth Yalta International Economic Forum, is scheduled for April 17-21.

The program of the forum initially featured none other than Bashar al-Assad himself — a rare occasion of foreign travel by the Syrian president being announced months ahead of time. Later, however, Syrian Ambassador to Russia Riyad Haddad said that Assad would likely be unable to attend the forum. Deputy Foreign Minister of Russia Sergei Vershinin commented that “Syrian partners have already taken a major, substantial part” in the last event, and the level at which the country will be represented again is still “up to the president of Syria personally.”

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