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Syria will be the first to recognize Donetsk and Luhansk ‘republics’ in Ukraine to support Russia’s war

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Syrian President Bashar al-Assad reportedly called on Thursday for the official recognition of the Russian-backed separatist “republics” of Donetsk and Luhansk in eastern Ukraine as independent of Kyiv.

According to the Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR) Telegram channel, Assad met with DPR Foreign Minister Natalia Nikonorova and expressed support for Russia’s fight against the United States and its allies in Russia. NATO.

This April 13, 2016 file photo posted on the official Facebook page of the Syrian Presidency, shows Syrian President Bashar Assad casting his vote in the parliamentary elections, as his wife Asma, left, stands next to him, in Damascus, Syria.

This April 13, 2016 file photo posted on the official Facebook page of the Syrian Presidency, shows Syrian President Bashar Assad casting his vote in the parliamentary elections, as his wife Asma, left, stands next to him, in Damascus, Syria.
(Syrian Presidency via AP, File)

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“The President of the Syrian Arab Republic noted the state’s readiness to recognize the people’s republics of Donetsk and Luhansk,” the DPR ministry said.

The group claimed that Assad had announced “the official launch of the recognition procedure and noted that the [Syrian Arab Republic] The Ministry of Foreign Affairs would immediately receive the relevant instructions from him.”

Russian President Vladimir Putin launched his “special military operation” in Ukraine in February, just three days after recognizing the “independence” of the breakaway regions.

Although Assad supported Putin’s invasion of Ukraine as a “correction of history” and a “rebalancing of the world” after the collapse of the Soviet Union, Fox News could not verify any independently the claims of the DRP on Thursday.

A serviceman of the Donetsk People's Republic militia stands at a checkpoint in Mariupol, in the territory under the government of the Donetsk People's Republic, eastern Ukraine, Wednesday, May 4, 2022.

A serviceman of the Donetsk People’s Republic militia stands at a checkpoint in Mariupol, in the territory under the government of the Donetsk People’s Republic, eastern Ukraine, Wednesday, May 4, 2022.
(AP Photo/Alexei Alexandrov)

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Assad echoed Putin’s claims that NATO poses a threat to Moscow and reportedly claimed on Thursday that the war in Ukraine was a fight against the alliance.

“Mr. Assad greeted the delegates, noting the common path of the peoples of Donbass and Syria in the fight against [the] from the United States and other hostile Western countries,” the DRP ministry said.

The separatist group claimed that Assad “expressed his confidence in the prompt and successful completion of the operation to liberate the territories of the Donetsk and Lugansk people’s republics from the Kiyv regime”.

The Russian military and pro-Russian separatists monitor the evacuation of civilians along humanitarian corridors from the Ukrainian city of Mariupol on March 24, 2022.

The Russian military and pro-Russian separatists monitor the evacuation of civilians along humanitarian corridors from the Ukrainian city of Mariupol on March 24, 2022.
(Photo by Stringer/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)

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Syria was one of five countries, including Russia, to oppose a United Nations General Assembly resolution condemning Moscow’s illegal invasion.

The Assad regime also voted against suspending Russia’s membership of the UN Human Rights Council a month later in April.

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