MOSCOW, June 14 (RIA Novosti)
The Syrian Ambassador to Russia, Riyad Mohammad Haddad, confirmed on Thursday that Russia is printing Syrian currency.
Media reports on Wednesday claimed Russia was printing new Syrian banknotes.
"Our Russian friends help us with everything and that includes economic matters," Haddad said during a press conference in Moscow. "If our Russian friends help us print our currency, and the West declined that request, it means Russia is helping us," he said.
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- NicoFalling apart..13:56, 14/06/2012Refusing to print Syrian currency was clearly an attempt to undermine the fabric of Syrian society. If the money ran out, total chaos would ensue. Russia has prevented this from happening. Coupled with the delivery of advanced anti-aircraft/warship systems, attack helicopters and tanks to Syria, no wonder Mrs Clinton has become so frustrated in recent days. Their plans for regime change are falling apart.
It was telling when Mr Lavrov said that the rebels would never defeat the Syrian army. It took six months, 2000 aerial bombing missions, the delivery of tanks, artillery canons, machine guns and tonnes of ammunition for NATO, Libyan rebels and Western special forces to defeat Gaddafi's band of merry men who were armed with little more than courage.
No surprise then that the Syrian rebels are desperate for military intervention.
Sevastopol became Russia’s main naval base on the Black Sea, a role it was to play for many years. A total of 25,000 servicemen, not including civilian staff, are employed at the Black fleet’s facilities. When the families of these servicemen are taken into account, this figure grows to more than 100,000 people.