In Moscow, Syrian minister says Russia promises aid

AMMAN/BEIRUT- Syria’s foreign minister said in Moscow on Monday Russia had promised to send political, economic and military aid to his country, where the army is coming under some of the heaviest pressure since the start of the civil war.

“I got a promise of aid to Syria – politically, economically and militarily,” Walid al-Moualem said at a televised news conference after meeting Russian President Vladimir Putin. He did not give details. Putin said earlier on Monday there was no change in Russia’s support for the Syrian leadership. Syria has relied on help from its allies – Russia, Iran and Lebanese Shi’ite group Hezbollah – in the four-year conflict that has killed more than 220,000 people and convulsed the region.



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