"This is a clear message to the world that Russia is still a force that should influence on the international and regional ties," Fadi Marie, head of the public relations office of the Future Movement in Syrian Kurdistan and a member of the Kurdish Patriotic Council (ENKS), told KurdPress.
He continued: "Russia, along with China, has used their vetos more than once in supporting [Syrian President] Bashar al-Assad, and the latest case was a veto against the increase of UN aid to Syria across borders."
He continued to say: "Russia continues its policy to support Bashar al-Assad clearly and explicitly, and as it claims, does not believe in a political solution in Syria."
Marei cited the reasons for Russia's presence in Syria, the most important of which are: "Protecting Russia's interests in Syria, because Moscow has significant economic and military interests in Syria, especially the Russian naval base of Tartus, which has been established since the Soviet Union. Protecting strategic interests. By intervening in Syria, Russia is sending a message to the world that it is still a force that should be considered on the international arena.
Mr. Marei added: "Another reason is backing [Russian President Vladimir] Putin to stay in power in Russia. Economic sanctions against Russia, after the annexation of the Crimean peninsula to Russia and the fall in oil prices, have impoverished millions of Russian citizens. The Russia presence in Syria has diverted the Russians attentions from domestic issues, and increases the sense of pride and patriotism within Russia."
He added: "The next issue is the sale of weapons to Syria. Because Russia's operations in Syria and the display of weapons such as planes, missiles and military systems are propaganda for the Russian military industry."
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