Russian President Putin is a rigorous power player- like here enjoying ice hockey.

He can change the direction quickly, if needed.

In Syria, he is the most important supporter of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, who recently has visited him in the Kremlin.

After the Vienna international talks about Syria, the bonding between both men start to erode.

Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said today that the Syrian people should decide who their president is, whoever that may be, according to state-run Sputnik news.

“We are not saying that Assad must go or stay,” she said.

What’s next?