Volker Perthes, Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik | June 20, 2012
Rescuing Syria will require a “Yemen-style” solution by granting impunity to Assad, his family and top aides, which quite possibly will end the bloodshed in the country. ++ It must be made clear to Assad that he cannot win militarily, and that there is an alternative to fighting to the end - a safe way out. ++ Moscow must play a pivotal role in this process. ++ Damascus is aware that the music will stop if Russia puts its foot down, while it is also aware that Russia can offer safe residence in, perhaps, Sochi.