With joint Russian and Turkish patrols now under way it remains to be seen whether the 2 countries will be able to prevent further escalation in northeast Syria.
After the withdrawal of US troops from northern Syria last month, Russia filled the void and firmed up its position as a powerbroker in the region.
Moscow is running joint patrols to separate warring factions and is working in tandem with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.
But, analysts stress, Russia may not know what their end game is in the Middle East.
Al Jazeera’s Step Vaessen reports from Moscow.