Today Russia's Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov was in talks in Damascus with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. He was greeted in the streets by cheering crowds.
Just a few days ago, Russia blocked a UN Security Council resolution that would have put more pressure on Syrian Presiednt bashar al-Assad.
Marco Werman talks with Moscow-based journalist Masha Gessen about Russia's relationship with Syria, and tries to understand the view from Moscow when it comes to Syria.
Masha Gessen is the author of "The Man Without A Face," a new biography of Vladimir Putin which is out in March.