Syrians want Russian multinationals to help rebuild the country, once (and if) the smoke clears. At least this is the view from Russian politicians with skin in the game.
“(Syrian leader Bashar) Assad specifically stated that when rebuilding Syria the Syrian people will rely on Russia’s help.
He asked (Russian oil) companies to cooperate with Syria,” Russian Communist Party member Alexander Yushchenko told RIA Novosti news wire on Sunday.
Syria is not a big oil and gas player in the Middle East.
Russia’s interest in the country may have as much to do with protecting its only Mediterranean naval port in the country as it does pounding the smithereens out of jihadis, both of the ISIS variety and of the anti-Assad ilk, whom have been known to intermingle with the terrorist group.
Most Russian companies in Syria operate in the oil and gas space, like publicly traded firms Tatneft and pipeline product makerTMK . Russian airline Aeroflot also has a hub there, but most flights have been grounded because of the ongoing civil war in the country.