Over 100 countries and organizations known as the Friends of Syria have officially recognized the opposition National Coalition. The countries sent out a harsh warning to the Damascus regime not to use chemical weapons.
The US and Russian foreign ministers have called for a truce to be agreed prior to a planned second peace conference for Syria. It is still not clear whether opposition groups will attend the talks dubbed "Geneva II."
After the NSA affair led to a diplomatic chill, representatives of Germany and the US are now talking about their shared values at the Munich Security Conference. But the question is: How can these values prevail?
The US and Russia have begun a third day of talks on Syria. The UN secretary-general said that he expects a confirmation of chemical weapons use in an August 21 attack outside of Damascus.
Russian President Vladimir Putin is enjoying a resurgence in the Middle East. But Russia's position as a powerbroker - at the expense of a passive US - could well be both illusory and short-lived.
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