Pipeline politics. Here Jim Willie lays out the geopolitics behind the Syria 'conflict'. Syria has a Mediterranean sea-port and Russia needs access to that for the export of its gas to Europe. So as he says, maybe a phone call was made to the UK Parliament from the Kremlin, asking whether they'd like some gas for this winter? Lo! UK pulls out of the Syria venture. This ties in with the fracking in UK too, as a desperate attempt to find a way to have energy independence, which will never work.
What worries me in all of this is what will happen to the Palestinians? Will Russia support their human rights? I doubt it, somehow.