It simply means that there is always a risk that the updated Russian administration might not be as accommodating to Assad as the current one, especially if the U.S. agrees to Moscow's conditions in Syria, which must be different than merely keeping Assad in power. Tillerson's visit to Moscow is probably aimed at finding out about these prospects personally from the Russian elites.
Jamila Mammadova is a former expert consultant to the Presidential Administration of Azerbaijan. She holds a BA in Law from Baku State University and MA in Global Affairs from Buckingham University. Jamila specializes in international relations and international law, with an interest in Russia and Middle East.
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