2/25, 2:27 PM (Source: TeleTrader)
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Syria's Assad backs Putin's Ukraine operation

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad expressed support for Russia amid its military operation in Ukraine.

According to the Syrian presidency, Assad spoke to Russian President Vladimir Putin over the phone on Friday and told him Moscow's position is valid as it has the right to "deal with NATO's enlargement." The Syrian president went on to call the alliance a "global threat."

The West and its allies slammed Russia over its intervention in Ukraine, but several countries, including China and Iran have supported Moscow. Since the start of the Syrian civil war, NATO has supported rebel forces trying to overthrow Assad's government.

Baha Breaking News (BBN) / NP