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The Russia-Syria connection

The Russia-Syria connection:

Russia has been a historic ally of Syria, with deep military, social and economic ties to the country since 1950. It is important that people stop falling for the false political characterizations being spoon-fed to the public by the media. Russia is not “suddenly” involved with Syria.

Russia has had a historically strong, stable, and friendly relationship with Syria, as it did with most of the Muslim/Arab countries up until the Arab Spring. But Russia kept its close ties with Syria, and in fact, they grew stronger after the fall of Libya and Egypt to Islamists.

In early 2012, Russia took a strong stand in support of Syria’s government and against international action that was initiated and promoted by Western and Arab/Muslim countries against Syria. As one of five veto-wielding members of UN Security Council, Russia declared they would veto sanctions against the Syrian government put before the Security Council. Russia also stated at that time that Russia would follow through with an earlier contract and commitment with Syria that supplied arms to Syria.

Syria and the USSR first started up ties in February 10, 1946 right before Syria gained her independence from France. Syria and the USSR formed an agreement that laid out diplomatic and political support from the USSR in the international arena and also Soviet military help for the foundation of Syria’s National Army. Another agreement signed on April 10, 1950 further cemented Soviet–Syrian relations. During the Cold War period, the various conflicts and wars that broke out in the Middle East led Syria to form even closer ties with the USSR.

Russia’s involvement with Syria is nothing new. The is no Russian “aggression” in Syria. Russia is following through with a long-time commitment and relationship with Syria and recognized that an Islamist takeover would destroy Syria, destroy the Syrian people, and turn Syria into an Islamic State. This is why Russia is committed to fighting for Syria. Russia is fighting for Christianity’s last stand in the Near East.

Photos on the link include the giant bronze statue of Jesus being placed on Mount Sedneya, Syria in October of 2013, after over two years of brutal war at the hands of Muslims. The giant statue can be seen from Lebanon, Jordan, Palestine and Israel. Another photo is of a giant statute of the Virgin Mary, placed on top of Maaloula mountain in June, 2015. The original statue was destroyed by al-Qaeda in Syria, but after the Syrian National forces re-captured the town, they had a new statue made and the Syrian Army rebuilt the town. Another photo is of Yabroud, Syria, where Islamist rebels destroyed the town and its churches. After the Syrian Army regained control they had this statue of the Virgin Mary made and placed in the town. All of these historical villages will be destroyed if Islamists take Syria. Russia is willing to fight for their survival.

If you missed Part 1 of this series you can read it here or at CheriBerens.

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Cheri Berens

Cheri Berens

Cheri Berens lives in Egypt working as a researcher for the Egyptian Ministry of Culture. She experienced Egypt’s 2011 and 2013 revolutions and witnessed the Muslim Brotherhood takeover and violence that followed.

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