‘Correction of History’: Syrian President Welcomes Ukraine Invasion | Russian-Ukrainian crisis

Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad told his Russian ally Putin that the assault on Ukraine was justified and aimed to “restore” the post-Cold War balance.

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, on the phone with President Vladimir Putin, hailed Russia’s military incursion into Ukraine, decrying what he called Western “hysteria” surrounding it.

Al-Assad told Putin on Friday that what was happening in Ukraine was a “correction of history and a restoration of the balance that was lost in the world after the break-up of the Soviet Union”, said the official SANA news agency quoting the Syrian leader.

Al-Assad added: “Syria stands with the Russian Federation based on its belief that its position is correct and because facing NATO expansionism is a right for Russia.

Damascus is a staunch ally of Moscow, which intervened in the Syrian civil war in 2015 by launching airstrikes in support of al-Assad’s battling forces against various rebel factions.

Russia’s intervention in Syria marked a turning point in the conflict. This allowed pro-regime forces to reclaim lost territory in a series of victories against the rebels involving deadly bombardments and massive destruction.

More than 63,000 Russian soldiers have been deployed in Syria.

During Friday’s phone call, al-Assad said “Western nations bear the responsibility for chaos and bloodshed” in some parts of the world, accusing them of using “dirty methods to support terrorists.” in Syria and the Nazis in Ukraine”.

The war in Syria is estimated to have killed nearly half a million people and displaced tens of millions since it began with a brutal crackdown on anti-government protests in 2011.

Christi C. Elwood