Assad thanks Moscow for restoring int'l power balance after Qamishli suicide bomber attack
Syria's President Bashar Al Assad commended its ally Russia for "reestablishing balance in international relations," according to Agence France Presse Tuesday.
"Russia has reestablished balance in international relations, after long years of hegemony [by the United States]," Syria's state news agency SANA quoted Assad as saying this week during a visit from a Russian delegation.
The Syrian leader described the Syrian people as full of "admiration for Russia's positions," while accusing the West and the U.S. in particular of "acting to destabilize countries whose policies do not coincide with their own."
According to SANA, the Russian delegation was meeting with Assad to inform him that he had been accepted into the Russian Academy of Sciences for his role in strengthening Syrian-Russian relations.
While Assad received news of his alleged award, three suicide bombers in Syria's Kurdish town of Qamishli left at least five people dead and at least 15 wounded, according to the Associated Press.
The bombs allegedly targeted the Hadaya hotel which is located at the center of the town has been a hub of violence in recent weeks as clashes continue between Kurdish gunmen and the Islamic State of Iraq and Greater Syria (ISIS, or also known as ISIL).
It is not yet clear who was responsible for the attack, but "suspicion [has] immediately [fallen] on the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant," according to a Kurdish official at the scene.
Kurds living in Syria's northeast and who represent the largest ethnic minority in Syria, declared their own civil administration and autonomy late last year as chaos and violence continues to envelope the country as a result of the escalating civil war.