Syria backs Russian reputation of east Ukraine breakaway regions

Foreign Minister Faisal Mekdad says Syrian government ‘will cooperate’ with the 2 Moscow-subsidized separatist-held regions.

Syria’s authorities says it “supports” Russian President Vladimir Putin’s selection to recognize Moscow-sponsored separatist-held areas in jap Ukraine as independent.

In feedback carried with the aid of using the state-run Syrian News Agency, Foreign Minister Faisal Mekdad changed into quoted as announcing that the authorities of President Bashar al-Assad “will cooperate” with the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR) and Luhansk People’s Republic (LNR).

His assertion on the Valdai discussion board in Moscow got here hours after Dmitry Sablin, a Russian baby-kisser in fee of ties with the allied authorities in Damascus, stated he had spoken to al-Assad approximately the scenario in jap Ukraine.

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“He stated that Syria might be geared up to realize them the manner it had recognised [breakaway Georgian regions of] South Ossetia and Abkhazia” after the 2008 Russian-Georgian conflict, Sablin advised the RIA Novosti information agency.

Speaking at a information convention following Russia’s movements on Monday, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy stated his countrymen “have been now no longer fearful of some thing or anyone”.

Meanwhile, Western governments condemned Russia at an pressing assembly of the United Nations Security Council, with america calling Putin’s statement an “unprovoked violation of Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity”.INTERACTIVE- Russia and Ukraine at a short glance

Putin’s authorities has been a key best friend of al-Assad at some stage in the Syrian conflict that erupted in 2011 with the repression of anti-authorities protests.

Russia’s navy intervention in 2015 helped flip the tide of the conflict in al-Assad’s favour and Moscow continues navy bases withinside the country.

Last week, Russia’s Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu visited Syria for talks with al-Assad and to look at a Russian airbase withinside the conflict-torn country.

The journey got here because the Russian navy deployed long-variety nuclear-succesful bombers and fighter jets wearing present day hypersonic missiles to its airbase in Syria for large naval drills withinside the region.

During the assembly in Damascus, Shoigu “knowledgeable the Syrian president approximately the sports of the Russian army withinside the jap Mediterranean”, the defence ministry stated in a assertion.

Russia’s political and navy aid for Syria has been a specific sticking factor in Moscow’s members of the family with the West, which has imposed sanctions on Moscow for bolstering al-Assad.

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