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The White House has strongly condemned a visit to Moscow by Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.
A spokesman criticised Russia for putting on a "red carpet welcome".
The Syrian leader's trip on Tuesday came three weeks after Russia began air strikes in Syria against Islamic State militants and other forces.
It was Mr Assad's first overseas trip since civil war broke out in Syria in 2011. The conflict has claimed more than a quarter of a million lives.
While in Moscow, Mr Assad made a point of expressing his gratitude for Russia's military intervention in the conflict.
“Yesterday evening Syrian President Bashar Assad arrived in Moscow for a working visit,” Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said Wednesday. “President [Putin] was informed in detail by his Syrian counterpart about the current state of affairs in Syria and the long-range plan.”
Bashar Assad thanked Russia for the support provided to Syria in fighting for its sovereignty and unity.
“Terrorists would have occupied far greater territories if it were not for Russia’s military assistance,” President Assad said, adding that political steps are due to follow military action. “The only aim for all of us should be what the Syrian people want as a future for their country.”
Once the terrorists are defeated, it will take a united effort to rebuild the country economically and politically and to ensure peaceful coexistence for all, Assad concluded.
Assad’s visit to Moscow is an indication of the Syrian leader becoming more ‘confident’ on the international arena, says journalist and broadcaster Neil Clark.
“I think [Assad’s visit] is significant because he hasn’t left his country for four years of this terrible war, since this Western proxy war started. And so I think it means he is confident that he can leave the country,” Clark told RT.
“We are seeing Russia take the role of leadership on the international stage,” geopolitical analyst Patrick Henningsen told RT, stressing that western efforts to defeat Islamic State have been “dragging on with no conclusive results.”
originally posted by: butcherguy
a reply to: InnerPeace2012
Now there are reports of the Russians bombing hospitals where Western aid workers are helping wounded.
UOSSM runs 32 hospitals and clinics across Syria. It says two doctors and a senior therapist have been killed in the Russian raids with a further 10 medical staff injured.
The raids would seem to confirm Britain’s fears that Putin is wiping out all opposition to prop up Assad.
Dr Tayara only returned from Syria himself four weeks ago after a trip to the border region to train medical staff.
He said three medical facilities were bombed in Aleppo - including the El-Hader hospital - during a 36-hour bombardment four days ago. This came after attacks on two facilities in Homs 10 days ago.
originally posted by: eluryh22
a reply to: Agit8dChop
You forgot to mention the one confirmed hospital bombing of the Doctors Without Borders facility..... Done by the United States!!!!
originally posted by: Agit8dChop
a reply to: InnerPeace2012
haha, Russians are bombing hospitals..
Next you will be hearing about how evil Russians are bombing orphans or butchering innocent women
.. and most on here would believe it.
a UK Charity group claims that Russia is bombing hospitals.
And you fall for this propaganda so easily? with 0 photos, footage, interviews or anything?
Go Russia, bomb those western backed mass murderers into the dirt and give the US imperial lords the stiff finger.