A Russian Mi-8 helicopter has been shot down in Syria following the delivery of humanitarian supplies to Aleppo, the Russian Defense Ministry said Monday in a statement cited by Russian state television.
Three crew members and two officers were returning to base, the statement said, adding that the condition of those on board is unclear. Ref. CNN.
I wonder if Russia will come to the conclusion they are on the wrong side of this one. I mean, when the countries on your side are Syria and Iran, and they are the only countries on your side, something ain't right. Maybe, just maybe Putin will come to his senses, but I doubt it.
Russia vetoed a UN resolution Wednesday that would have required Syria to cooperate with investigators and face full accountability after a brutal chemical attack in that country.
It's the eighth time Russia has vetoed a proposed Security Council resolution on Syria.
The resolution, crafted by the United States, United Kingdom and France, was circulated to the 15 member countries of the Security Council on Tuesday.
Western ambassadors blasted Russia earlier Wednesday for continuing to support Syrian President Bashar al-Assad after his alleged use of sarin on a rebel-held area of his country. Ref. CNN.
Russia will always protect Syria we have seen this in the past so it is not surprise here that they would veto this bill too. I do wonder how much it will take for Russia to stop backing Syria?
It will take pain, and a lot of it. We would have to put economic screws on Russia. Putin has a huge ego, so he doesn't want to be seen as weak. Furthermore, he has internal issues to deal with and he needs to keep public opinion on his side. Claiming that we are stirring up trouble against Mother Russia stirs up nationalistic opinion and provides him with support.
These are all bad people. The fact that's it's even more extensive puts Putin into that category now for certain… if it wasn't certain before. We need to go before the UN and embarrass Putin and his crony Assad. But in truth, evil people don't get embarrassed and really won't care what the rest of the world thinks. But maybe then we can get our allies to stop trading with Putin and hit him where it hurts him, in his purse.