buzzfeed.com – Hayes Brown
1. Since the Syrian civil war began in 2011, Russia has stood firmly behind Syrian president Bashar al-Assad, joining the beleaguered leader in referring to the rebels as “terrorists” and emphasizing the need for stability.
2. The Kremlin has never been shy about openly supporting Assad — and rejecting the United States’ position that Assad must leave power in order to solve the Syrian conflict.
Russian president Vladimir Putin has been more vocal lately about the need for Assad to remain in power at least for some period of time. In his speech to the United Nations General Assembly on Monday, Putin said it would be “a huge mistake” to stop working with Bashar al-Assad’s government, which is “bravely fighting face to face with terror.”
Categories: The Middle East