(CNN)Leaders of Turkey and Israel find themselves inside the walls of the Kremlin in the next two days as President Vladimir Putin tries to entrench Russia's resurgent role in the Middle East.
- Putin: consolidate Russia's leading role in Syria, preserve a delicate entente with Turkey in leading the Syrian "peace process" - and continue to try to coax it away from Europe and NATO as part of a broader strategy of weakening the western alliance.
- Netanyahu: persuade Russia to help reduce and minimize Iran's influence in Syria (and by extension Lebanon), underscore good personal rapport with Putin.
- Erdogan: promote Turkey's interests in Syria, if possible at the expense of the Kurds, and secure a role in the offensive against Raqqa. Put the US on notice that there are alternatives to American leadership in the region.