Putin exacts payback for saving Syria's Assad. "Earlier this month his foreign minister, Sergei Lavrov, visited Damascus, seeking new energy and construction contracts. 'Our saviors have become vultures,' says a Syrian businessman loyal to the regime."
Most leaders might think twice about cutting in half the border crossings for humanitarian aid to Syria's Idlib province where 1.3 million civilians depend on it, but Putin is already bombing hospitals and schools, all to support murderous, corrupt Assad.
Whether it's bombing hospitals and schools or halving the cross-border entry points for urgently needed UN humanitarian aid in Syria's Idlib province, Putin shows that dead Syrian civilians are an acceptable path for backing the murderous, corrupt Assad.
Syria's Pres Assad warns of a possible "real catastrophe" from the coronavirus. He should have thought of that when, with Russian Pres Putin's indispensable assistance, he systematically bombed hospitals in opposition-held areas. #WarCrimes
As Syria now admits to its first coronavirus case, Assad may soon realize how short-sighted his and Putin's war-crime strategy was of targeting hospitals and other medical facilities in opposition-held areas. Germs don't know who the opposition is.
For the moment, Putin and Assad have stopped their war-crime bombing of hospitals in Syria's rebel-held Idlib province, but the deadly effects linger on as three million civilians await the coronavirus "tsunami."
Hard truth: Erdogan knows that Trump wants U.S. forces to leave Syria. Putin knows that Trump wants U.S. forces to leave Syria. Khamenei and Assad know the same thing. Trump himself yesterday (incredibly) said we no longer have forces in Syria. We do, and today they were shot at.