Vladimir Putin's move into Syria to temporarily shore up the doomed regime of Bashar al Assad was a gutsy and risky venture.
On entering Syria, Putin has affirmed his gambit of risking the economic and social welfare of Russians upon his dream of gaining international recognition along the path of a fantasy of the resurrection of an empire of yore.
Warfare is expensive. First, there is the human cost of lives, injuries, suffering and displacement. Then, there is the economic costs involved with waging war that Russians will inevitably have to pay as the price of oil continues to fall. But rather than to concentrate his ambitions within Russia's borders, Putin's recent excursion into Syria after eastern Ukraine and Crimea, demonstrates his boldness for taking risks.
Any escalation of the arms race will not end well for Russians. Putin cannot afford all of the inevitable costs associated with a lengthy stay in Syria. Moscow, Saint Petersburg , Omsk and other Russian cities, will have to sacrifice some comforts they have come to enjoy in order to allow for Putin's outing in Syria. How much will Russians give up? Only the Russians could relay that message to Putin.