Best of 2016: Kommersant Newspaper Describes Assad as ‘The Dog’s Tail’

Russian publication mocks Syrian president after failing to comply with orders from Moscow

The Russian newspaper Kommersant published and article titled “Assad… the dog’s tail” in which it discusses the political options available to the Bashar al-Assad and his regime before and in light of the Russian presence on Syrian territory.

The article comes days after Russia’s envoy to the United Nations called on the Syrian president to “abide by Russian instructions” after Assad expressed his disapproval of the ceasefire plan in Syria and his belief in its futility.

Assad’s rejection of the plan embarrassed Russia in front of the international community after it reached a three-point deal in Munich with the International Syria Support Group, as the agreement should have opened the door to ending hostilities in Syria.

The Russian newspaper commented on what Bashar al-Assad was trying to prove to Russia through his actions, which resemble “the dog when it begins to wag its tail,” calling on Putin not to accept any political settlement that would include removing him from power.

This article was translated and edited by The Syrian Observer. Responsibility for the information and views set out in this article lies entirely with the author.

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