Russia to Keep Helping Syria in Case of Airstrikes
Russia will keep on supplying Syria with weapons and humanitarian aid and continue economic cooperation with Damascus in case of foreign airstrikes in the country, Russian President Vladimir Putin said Friday.
“Will we be helping Syria? We will, same as we do now,” Putin said at a press conference at the G20 summit in St. Petersburg, as cited by RIA Novosti.
“We’re supplying arms and cooperating on economy. I hope there will be more humanitarian collaboration, including in humanitarian aid supplies to the people, the civilians who found themselves today in such dire straits,” Putin said.
G20 members Russia, China, India, Indonesia, Argentina, Brazil, South Africa and Italy oppose foreign military intervention in Syria and have voiced that position during the summit, Putin said.
He listed the United States, Turkey, Canada, Saudi Arabia and France as the countries backing an attack on Assad.
The regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad regime has been accused of using chemical weapons against Syrian civilians on several occasions during the 30-month conflict with the worst attack happening in the suburbs of Damascus on August 21.
Some 100 000 people have died in the two-and-a-half-year-old conflict, according to the UN.