The report includes portions of al-Assad’s message, describing “the Russian leadership’s stance as a “wise policy” in the face of “coup attempts against legitimacy and democracy in favor of the terrorist extremists”. He reiterated Syria’s commitment to Putin’s “rational approach” which he described as supporting “the right and truth” and applauded Russia for “saving the world from dangerous events”.
At the most ironic turn in the message, al-Asaad also states the actions of Putin as being “legitimate and adheres to the UN’s objectives that aim “to create a balanced and transparent world based on respecting the sovereignty of countries and the right of peoples to decide their destiny,” EuroNews said.
It should be noted that Syria obtains most of its military equipment and weaponry through Russia. More than 140,000 people, over 7,000 of them children, have been killed in Syria’s uprising-turned-civil war.
On Wednesday, the day prior to this message, Syrian government airstrikes and barrel bombs tossed from helicopters rained down on the northern city of Aleppo and Yabroud, according to a Daily Star – Lebanon News report. “The airstrikes pounded the neighborhoods of Marjeh, Sukkari, Jalloum and Aqbah, while 11 barrel bombs fell on the Masaken Hanano district, according to the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights,” they report.
The Telegraph reports, “Al-Qaeda affiliated rebels in Syria have taken control of Yarmouk camp, ceasing the flow of aid to tens of thousands of civilians who are trapped and living in desperate conditions.” This is the same refugee camp we featured in “Roads to Damascus” on February 28.
The sincerity of al-Asaad’s adherence to the UN objectives, like Putin’s claims in Crimea, are about as absurd as finding polar bears in the Sahara.