Some plonker started a thread 'betting' that the Russians would invade Syria. Pretty stupid assertion but the thread has some interesting points so I thought I'd restart it without the silliness. The question is would the Russians want to get involved in Syria (on the side of the Angels)? If they wanted to could they? Would NATO or the west 'allow' them to and could 'we' stop them if we didn't like it? My own view is that they probably wouldn't want to as they are fairly pally with the current regime and have no particular sympathy to democratic uprisings. In fact I couldn't even see them being interested in being part of an alliance although it's possible that they might see some future gain in stepping up to the plate. A co-operative venture between Turkey and Russia? Turkey are having issues with Syrian refugees and could be prodded into taking action but they would be strange bed fellows. I don't know really know what their current capabilities are but I understand that they probably couldn't mount an invasion without the co-operation of the western alliance in general and the US and Turkey in particular. Would the west want to stop them? Probably not. Russian intervention would probably be viewed as a good thing for a variety of good and cynical reasons. Could we stop them. Yes in as much as they probably couldn't do it without western co-operation and Yes in as much as we could sink their ships and knock down their aircraft if we were so inclined but probably No in as much as I doubt we would be prepared to go to war with Russia to stop them invading Syria.