Russia received rare support for the war in Ukraine at the United Nations General Assembly on Monday when the Syrian foreign minister took to the podium.
– Syria reiterates its position on Russia’s special military operation in Ukraine and Russia’s right to defend and secure its own territory, Syrian Foreign Minister Faisal al-Mekdad told the UN.
Russia is a close ally of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and has assisted the Assad regime in Syria’s civil war since 2015. As a result, Syria has supported the Russian offensive in Ukraine for several months.
– We are convinced that Russia not only defends itself, but also justice and the right of humanity to reject hegemony, al-Mekdad said.
Since war broke out in February, Syria has recognized Russian-backed breakaway regions in eastern Ukraine as independent and has offered to send Syrian forces to Ukraine to help the Russians in the war.
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