Russia is running out of reserves due to two policies. Its support of the Assad regime that sparked Saudi imposed low oil prices, and its war in Syria that is costing the almost bankrupt Russian economy billions it does not have. Add to this mix Putin’s own military expansion, and you have a desperate Putin looking to plug the hole on the deficits he is running through high stakes diabolical extortion against Assad.
So, when Putin makes an announcement that it is too early to provide the psychopath Baschar al-Assad asylum in Russia, one cannot but wonder why the conversation is heading in that direction. Why talk about asylum for Assad when Russia is slowly advancing Assad’s cause in Syria?
Putin knows the psychopath Assad is sitting on tens of billions of dollars his family pilfered from Syria in over 45 years of rule, with a big portion of the funds that Assad extorted from the Gulf countries by threatening them with violence inside their borders.
At TFS, we believe Putin has already tapped into the funds Iran is about to receive from the incompetent Barack Obama for saving Assad’s neck, and by extension Hezbollah, for the greedy Mullahs in Tehran. Now he needs to tap into those billions Assad controls and this is why this out-of-the-blue reference to Assad’s asylum, or not, is made public.
Vladimir Putin is letting Assad know his security is in his hands.