Damascus is seeking an arms deal with Moscow, a move that would bolster its position in the Middle East.
The growing rift between Russia and the United States over Georgia promises to be a golden opportunity for Damascus as it seeks a weapons deal with Moscow – an agreement that would give it greater leverage in tentative peace talks with Israel and bolster its standing in the Middle East.
"Syria saw a lot of opportunity in what happened in Georgia and South Ossetia to advance its own interests in the [region]," says Sami Moubayed, a Syrian political analyst and historian.
Indeed, if the US-Russia rift continues to widen, Moscow could start building greater ties with Washington's Middle East foes.
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