Russia has created a new role for its ambassador to Syria, a move that analysts have interpreted as showing an increasing strain in Russian-Syrian relations amid the ongoing rift at the heart of the Syrian regime between President Bashar al-Assad and his cousin, tycoon Rami Makhlouf.
Moscow’s position unclear
Putin has appointed Russia’s ambassador to Damascus, Alexander Efimov, as his special representative for the development of relations with Syria. This belated step is an attempt to reduce the growing influence of the Russian security forces in the so-called “political settlement”
In a way it’s continuation of the trend. In 2018 I’ve written for @AlMonitor on Efimov’s potential role in #Damascus as a possible “economic manager” as opposed to his predecessor (Amb Kinshak) as “war manager”https://www.al-monitor.com/pulse/originals/2018/04/russia-rotate-diplomats-syria-uae.html …