Biden warned as Russia, China flex muscle in Middle East: 'Allies matter'
March 19, 2023 at 14:51
"We think that expanding the Russian presence in Syria is a good thing," Assad told Russia’s state-controlled news agency RIA in an interview.
"Russia's military presence in any country should not be based on anything temporary."
The prospective beefed up presence of Russian troops and military bases in Syria would present another challenge to the Biden administration’s Middle East policy.
U.S. national security experts see China and Russia outmaneuvering the United States in a region where Washington has historically wielded great influence.
"Putin tricked Obama and by proxy Biden into letting the Russians transfer chemical weapons out of Syria, back in 2013.
Putin is building an anti-U.S. coalition: Russia, China, Iran, North Korea, Syria," she noted.
Fox News Digital reported this week that America’s three main adversaries – Russia, China and Iran – plan to hold combined naval military drills in the Gulf of Oman.
BLINKEN TRAVELS TO AFRICA AS NEW REPORT SHOWS CHINA, RUSSIA ECLIPSING US ARMS SALES TO CONTINENTRubin warned about the dangers of sending aid to Syria’s regime.
Assad told Putin, "We believe that if Russia has the desire to expand bases or increase their number, it is a technical or logistical issue."
"Having more bases in Syria is beneficial for Russia and Putin will likely accept the offer," Koffler warned.
Syria recognizes the territories of Ukraine that Russia has seized as Russian, Assad said.
"I say that these are Russian territories, and even if the war had not happened, these are historically Russian territories," Assad told RIA.