Russia-Syria alliance aims at strategic balance in Middle East

09:11, May 13, 2010      

Email | Print | Subscribe | Comments | Forum 

Russian President Dmitry Medvedev paid a landmark visit to Damascus on Monday and called for reviving parternership between Syria and Russia. Such an alliance aims at forming a strategic balance in the Middle East, analysts said.

Medvedev discussed with his Syrian counterpart Bashar al-Assad the most urgent regional and international issues such as the Mideast peace process, international security, the Iran nuclear issue and enhancing bilateral relations between Syria and Russia.

Assad, speaking at a joint press conference with his Russian counterpart on Tuesday, described the Russian president's visit as "historical and exceptional."

The Russia president said that Russia would continue pushing the Mideast peace process forward based on the UN resolutions and Madrid Conference principles.

"Such efforts are supposed to lead to a long-term fair comprehensive compromise to the Arab-Israeli conflicts, liberation of the Arab occupied territories and establishment of an independent Palestinian state," Medvedev said.

"We cannot stand idle watching the consequent tension in the region which may lead to a war," he added.

Medvedev said earlier that "Damascus is one of the most important political centers of the Middle East," urging the two countries to develop economic ties, particularly in the hi-tech sector.

【1】 【2】 【3】


  • Do you have anything to say?


Special Coverage
  • Premier Wen Jiabao visits Hungary, Britain, Germany
  • From drought to floods
Major headlines
Editor's Pick
  • On Sept. 26, a resident passes by a flower terrace decorated for the coming National Day. (Xinhua/Hang Xingwei)
  • The photo, taken on Sept. 26, shows the SWAT team ready for the joint exercise. (Xinhua/Wangkai)
  • Two metro trains in Shanghai collided Tuesday afternoon, and an identified number of passengers were injured in the accident, the Shanghai-based reported. Equipment failures were believed to have caused the crash on the Line 10 subway, Xinhua quoted local subway operator as saying.
  • An employee at a gold store in Yiwu, located in east China's Zhejiang province, shows gold jewelry on Monday.(Xinhua/Zhang Jiancheng)
  • Tourists ride camels near China's largest desert lake Hongjiannao in Yulin, north China's Shaanx Province, Sept. 24, 2011. Hongjiannao is shrinking as a result of climate change and human activities, and may vanish in a few decades. Its lake area, which measured more than 6,700 hectares in 1996, has shrunk to 4,180 hectares. Its water level is declining by 20-30 centimeters annually and its water PH value has risen to 9.0-9.42 from 7.4-7.8. (Xinhua/Liu Yu)
  • Actors perform royal dance at the Gyeongbok Palace in Seoul, Sept. 27, 2011. A ceremony commemorating the 38th South Korea Sightseeing Day was held in Gyeongbok Palace on Tuesday. (Xinhua/He Lulu)
Hot Forum Discussion