Russia clearly understand Syria does not have a chance to
survive without a real reconciliation process happening. There have been
many cases of Syrian army soldiers or the volunteers ones , betraying
the Syrian government and shooting from behind their own soldiers.
For example the city of Jobar was taken by terrorist without firing a single shot.
ALnusra received help inside ,to infiltrate them under the noses of Syrian army.
The city of Raqqa also was taken in just few hours invasion without major resistance.
In IDlib city the terrorist had a lot of support from their own citizens. So Russia
could end losing in Syria even if win all the battles ,because if there is no patriotism
,then you cannot have a nation . Muslins are muslins first and nationality second or third or
simply none. Some muslins do not recognize geographical lines and consider all middle east
should be one big land under islam /Saudi control. So even when the majority of Syrians
support Assad,there is an alarming reality that there was a big minority too ,that was in support of the FSA ,Alqaeda or ISIS. My estimates is that close to 30% of Syria population
is anti Assad and pro terrorist rebels. This is close to the 70% Assad got in the elections.