Why does Russia support Syria

While the West wants a UN Resolution on Syria, Russia uses its veto as a permanent member in the Security Council to prevent these passing. But, why does Russia seem unwilling to to touch the Syria issue, well its actually quit easy to understand. Russia and the Assad family are close allies.During the Cold War when Israel and the US were close allies, USSR to rival this alliance became allies with Syria, But, besides being close friends this conflict is making Russia money. Syria is purchasing weapons from Russia and has been increasing since this conflict began. Turkey has banned all Syrian aircraft from entering there airspace after Turkey intercepted a civilian airliner headed to Syria that had Russian arms and radar on board (according to the Turkish government but denied by the Russian government). The most important part of this relationship is that Tartous port is the Russian navy’s only Mediterranean port. The Russian military views this port as a very important port to have in their position and feel that during a regime change they will not be able to still hold on to this port. I believe that Russia will not change its position on Syria unless Assad uses chemical weapons on its own people or something even crazier.

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