Syria's President Assad thanks Russia for support

Published May 25th, 2014 - 04:00 GMT

The Syrian president has thanked Russia for supporting his country in its fight against foreign-backed militants.

On Saturday, Bashar al-Assad made the remarks during a meeting with a visiting Russian delegation headed by deputy premier Dmitry Rogozin.

He said Moscow has been throwing its weight behind the Syrian nation in its war against “terrorism.”

He also denounced the West for trying to impose its hegemony in the region.

The Syrian president added that Russia has been defending global stability by confronting the West.

Syria has been gripped by a foreign-hatched war for more than three years now.

Damascus blames the US and its allies for fueling the flames of unrest in the country.

The developments come days after Russia and China vetoed a Western-backed resolution at the UN Security Council to refer Syria to the International Criminal Court (ICC).

The Russian ambassador to the UN Vitaly Churkin has recently said his country vetoed the anti-Syrian move in the United Nations Security Council over fears of Western intervention there.

On Thursday, Churkin said the French-sponsored document could refuel attempts to use the ICC for garnering political support, and eventually lay the groundwork for military intervention in Syria.

Over 150,000 people have reportedly been killed and millions displaced due to the violence fueled by the foreign-backed militants in Syria.

According to reports, the Western powers and their regional allies - especially Qatar, Saudi Arabia and Turkey - are supporting the militants operating inside Syria.

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